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An introduction to how saddles influence movement and soundness

  • Understanding the necessity of saddle fit – basic anatomy and biomechanics
  • Signs and results of incorrect saddle fit – key indicators: musculature, posture, behaviour and movement
  • Ten essential points of saddle fitting
  • Breed or type-specific fitting issues – the ‘hard to fit horse’

The variations in saddle manufacture and fitting to horse conformation

  • How conformation determines saddle choice and fit for the horse
  • Fitting the hoop-shaped horse
  • Fitting the A-framed horse
  • Fitting uphill and downhill horses
  • Fitting the short-backed horse
  • Saddle design variations for the rider – how to get it right!
  • Change of career means changing musculature requirements
  • How to fit a saddle for a changing horse to enable muscle build and postural change
  • Using correction pads
  • Circle of care

Instructors, Gear Checks and Parents, Educating Coaches and Kids

  • Understanding the necessity of saddle fit – basic anatomy and biomechanics
  • Ten essential points of saddle fitting that every horse owner/rider should know
  • Key Indicators of incorrect saddle fit on horse and rider – musculature, posture, behavioural and movement.
  • Temporary solutions
  • Fitting the growing rider for safety and correct riding posture.

Advanced Topics – How to recognise potential fitting issues affecting horse and rider biomechanics

  • Understanding the necessity of saddle fit – basic anatomy and biomechanics in the performance horse.
  • Advanced Key Performance Indicators of incorrect saddle fit on horse and rider - musculature, posture, behavioural and movement.
  • Ten essential points of saddle fitting
  • Circle of care
  • Identifying asymmetry
  • Issues that create asymmetry
  • How asymmetry effects horse biomechanics and performance
  • Fitting issues created by asymmetry and solutions
  • Saddle fitting solutions
  • Circle of care

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