I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break! One of my New Year resolutions for Aspire blog is to post more interesting content on equine anatomy presented in a way that is immediately thought provoking and I think this little video ticks the box. It’s free if you register your email with Epona website and I really recommend the viewing 🙂
Recently, one of my clients was looking for a good quality saddle pad that can help with comfort for her posture and shape changing horse. When bringing horses back from long periods of no work or very inconsistent work, the back comfort is almost always an issue as the horse often moves crookedly and/or changes shape rapidly as rehabilitative work progresses. Using a new/different saddle every few weeks is out of question for an average one-horse owner.
In my research of what’s new on the market that might help with this issue (as it’s fairly wide spread among many horse owners), I came across these guys – Total Saddle Fit – and would be interested to know what you think…
I personally lost count of the amount of times I pull the numnah/saddle pad up into the gullet of the saddles to make sure they don’t end up pressing down the withers. There are various high wither numnah options on the market but you might ask a question – if we don’t want that material there in the first place, why not taking it out? The Total Saddle Fit one sounds like a very good idea even though I am not usually a big fan of thick padding under the saddle once the horse is fitted with one well.
My client ended up buying a really nice pad of a different make which made a distinct difference to how she sits in the saddle and how the horse moves. She certainly isn’t a one-off example so I would be silly to discount the benefits of a well chosen saddle pad.
What do you think? Have any of you used the Total Saddle Fit pad or their saddle adjustment system? Watching many horses working under my clients I would say that bridging, front to back imbalance and lateral shifting of the saddle are three most common issues I see that create motion discomfort. What are your experiences?
This is a blog post I had planned for Monday and which got delayed to today due to life taking over! But here it is. I am sure many of you have heard the “no pain no gain” so called motivational mantra and I wonder how many of you believe in it and find it helpful in your own training/riding? Do you hear it from your instructors? Do you apply it to your horse(s)?
Addicted to pain
It so happens that my very tall and lanky brother became slightly obsessed with body building in his mid and late teens. He’d always been a very brainy child doing very own maths formulas and yet coming up with correct answers but one day he decided looking like daddy long legs wasn’t his idea of fun. That’s when I got to learn a lot about building muscles mass whether I wanted to or not!
The reason I am starting this post from body builders is that their obsession with getting bigger and stronger is quite comparable with general horsey person craze about horses.
For a bodybuilder, everything is about your muscles getting bigger. In most gyms you will find ‘no pain no gain’ written somewhere and if not on the wall it will be there as a tattoo on someone’s arm.
Most body builders love DOMS (Delayed Onset of Muscular Soreness) – they rejoice in it because that’s when their muscles get bigger, stronger, faster…They also love the slow, increasing muscular effort that hits the hard to bear level – that’s when animal like sounds coming from your brother’s room (that you can no longer enter in a normal fashion because it is filled up with gym equipment and looks like Go Ape/Tarzan movie set) will annoyingly disturb you from watching replays of show-jumping shows…