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The Healthy-Backed Horse

Most horses have 18 thoracic vertebrae—the bones we’re essentially sitting on when we’re riding. They’re also the bones from which the ribs flare. Five vertebrae make up the sacrum area, and these are usually fused together. Between these two spinal sections is the lumbar area, with numbers of vertebrae varying from one horse to another.

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Saddle Fit

Saddle Fit Myths

Being knowledgeable about tack is part of our journey as a horseman. Yet when it comes to saddle fit, confusion and

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Saddle Fit

Improving Saddle Fit

Just replacing the saddle with a “better” one is usually not the answer. Even if it is a $5000 saddle. “Asking the horse” is also a very poor method. Even if the horse initially seems comfortable it may not be at all suitable.

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Saddle Fit

Good Fitting Saddle

Good Fitting Saddle Everything begins with the saddle tree. It’s the foundation for the saddle; the frame upon which everything

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Rider Fit

Proper Saddle Fit

When horses were the chief mode of transportation, they were bred to a somewhat uniform conformation within breeds. A saddle

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Research

Exercise’s effects Horse’s’ Back and Saddle Fit

By Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

Exercise’s Effects on Horses’ Back Dimensions and Saddle Fit

If you’re a runner, you’ve probably noticed that after a 45-minute jog your calf muscles seem a bit swollen or enlarged. They are responding to post-training fluid shifts, fiber hypertrophy (thickening), and the general strain of exercise. Horses’ muscles, particularly along the back, respond to exercise in the same way. Have you ever thought about what effect this might have on your saddle’s fit as your horse works?

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Article of Interest

Built For Horses

Made to Measure Tree Built for Your Horse: To make quality saddles, you have to start with quality trees and

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