The Passion of Saddle Fitting
To really make a difference you need passion and knowledge. I am a dressage rider, a British Dressage Judge and around saddle fitting I spend much time analysing biomechanics of the horse and assessing rider position through my sister company Boomerang Biomechanics. Some of the horses I am involved in long term are rehabilitation horses or horses that are under performing, that need that bit of extra understanding and help when it comes to the biomechanics.
I believe unless the horse is very lame - all horses can improve with the right team and support around them, and I have a brilliant team of experts growing around me that can assist in most areas. My passion to really help the horse has driven me to keep learning and travel the world to find much needed answers to our questions.
So, what can you expect from your Full Evaluation??
When I saddle fit I look at the whole horse. Before fitting a saddle, I want to understand as much as I can about this horse’s needs. I look at the conformation, the foot balance, the overall development of this horse for its age and level, its training, the general feeling of the horse – is it sore, is it happy? I like to know the veterinary history and any physical issues that could affect the way the horse moves and develops.
Once I have a good picture and understanding of the horse. I will chalk the horse explaining exactly why I am doing this. This chalk drawing will make it very clear to you and me if any saddle we are going to put on this horse fits. Once I have checked the saddle is suitable for the horse, I want to see the horse ridden and sometimes lunged or trotted up first dependent on what you have told me.
I see all horses ridden in walk, trot and canter unless I find they are lame. If the horse is lame I will refer you to a vet. Saddles should not be fitted to horses that have a noticeable problem.
In the ridden work, I am not just assessing the saddle and horse I am also seeing the influence of the rider on this horse. Unbalanced riders can severely compromise the horse’s asymmetry and ability to work correctly therefore going forwards it will cause lameness. So, I want to help you as much as possible understand if you are in balance with the horse. Through the work I have done with Andy Thomas (USA's Olympic Team Physio) I can now correct the rider through a series of tests. I can assess your problem and fix it generally within that session! What is also amazing is that I can also use my camera's (filming at 300 frames per second) to carry out a detailed gait analysis on the horse to ensure we are improving things by changing saddles, bridles, girths, rider position, foot balance etc. (there is an extra cost for use of the camera)
The whole saddle, horse and rider evaluation, usually takes approximately 2 hours but can take up to 3 hours if we have a tricky horse/rider combination.
I will note everything that we do on the day, including templates of your horses back and you will receive a copy of this for your records. I will bring / use the templates to compare with future templates to ensure the horse is improving. If not we need to assess why.
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