Recognizing Horses in Pain

Recognizing Horses in Pain

DVD featuring Dr. Joanna Robson Too often people don’t recognize horses in Pain. Short and choppy strides, loss of topline muscle, bulging shoulders, hollow-back – these are all symptoms of a horse in pain. “Stall Rest and Bute” is mistakenly the treatment when the underlying cause cannot be found, and joint injections don’t treat the underlying cause…

Good Fitting Saddle

Good Fitting Saddle

GOOD FITTING SADDLE Everything begins with a good fitting saddle tree. It’s the foundation for the saddle; the frame upon which everything else is built. Without a proper fitting tree, you’ll never have a good fitting saddle. Tree Fit Horse backs are like snowflakes, no two are the same. The job of the saddle tree is…

Equine Back remains largely misunderstood by many riders.
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Equine Back remains largely misunderstood by many riders.

By Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA It’s the equine back that might seem most essential to the rider. It’s where we put all our weight, where we place our ffavourite(and most expensive) riding gear, where we connect—directly, physically—with our mount, and where we communicate with subtle cues. But for all its importance, equine researchers say the equine back…

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Proper Saddle Fit

When horses were the chief mode of transportation, they were bred to a somewhat uniform conformation within breeds. A saddle was a big investment and often had to last many horses. A horse that didn’t fit your saddle was usually put to work in harness. After WWII horse use began to transition from working animals…

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

By Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor  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, fibre hypertrophy (thickening), and the general strain of exercise. Horses’ muscles, particularly along the back, respond to exercise in the…

Saddle Fit
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Saddle Fit

Wearing boots or shoes that don’t fit properly can be both uncomfortable and painful. So much so, in fact, that few of us will tolerate the condition. Instead, we quickly will locate or purchase footwear that is comfortable. The good news is that as articulate humans with, generally speaking, enough disposable income available, we not…

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