Saddle Fit Reviews

The Horse Studio -  Saddle Fit for Horse and Rider : Advanced Equine Studies

This DVD is fresh blast on the technical side of saddle fit and the health and well-being of  both horse and rider. The esteemed Dr. Wade Tenney of Tufts University provides up to date information for the equestrian on medical analysis of the horse’s back and treatments.

A surprising array of new methods of handling everything from kissing spines to supraspinous ligament damage. There is ‘hands-on’ valuable advice presented in a down to earth manner from saddle designer Ron Friedson. His no-nonsense approach was refreshing indeed. It’s nice to know that we don’t necessarily need to spend the earth on a custom
made saddle and interesting to note that buying used tack can become more expensive than buying new.

Fitting every variety of horse/pony shapes and sizes is thoroughly addressed and Ron Friedson throws in lots of interesting history lessons for no extra charge. Very engaging. All disciplines are also discussed and there is more cross over between them than you might think.

Abigail Nemic, Director of Equine Studies at Post University posed some great questions and demonstrated how to ride a wider horse with a shorter stirrup to keep your seat correctly positioned and how to sit in just about every saddle imaginable and helped Ron Friedson test pilot several horses and saddles.

Our The Horse Studio team, who consider themselves experienced horse folk were very impressed with the content and everyone came away with more confidence in caring for their horse’s saddle needs.

Care of tack and the use of a variety of saddle pads are also covered. Additionally Mark Rarrick aptly presents the trainer’s perspective on the saddle fit topic.

While there is plenty of information out there regarding saddle fit and a wealth of advice on saddle fitters and the benefits of custom made saddle and special saddle pads and the like this DVD delivers a tome of knowledge that every rider truly should know. Saddle Fit for Horse and Rider provides valuable insight that brings you up to date on the trends, the practicalities of what to choose, how to fit not just the horse but also the rider.

This is four hours of education on 2 DVD discs that will enhance your understanding of saddle fit and most importantly will certainly address questions you might have regarding your horse’s possible behavioral issues and potential soundness damage that can be deflected by having a good working knowledge of saddle fit.

Bravo to Advanced Equine Studies for the in-depth but approachable material in this production.

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