When your run your hands down your horse’s back, does he tighten, flinch, shrink away or spasm?
Is there atrophy behind the withers or depressions where your horse’s shoulders have rotated forward?
Are you dealing with stubborn soreness or lameness issues that seem to need constant management?
Is your horse’s topline less round and full than before – over his neck, back and hindquarters?
Does your horse have a short, choppy, uneven stride or seem irritable, emotional or impulsive?
Are you not quite stopping the clock in competition?
If so, ALL these symptoms can be caused (and resolved) by saddle fit!
Barrel saddle designs have come a long way in recent years, but still many saddle makers aren’t willing to buck tradition.
But today’s competitive environment requires a higher level understanding of form, fit and function to meet the demands of timed speed event horses in motion – allowing them to gather and collect then stride out comfortably, consistently and quickly over the long haul!
Not only that, but barrel racers who have genuine concern for their barrel horses health and well-being want what’s best for their equine partners soundness and longevity.
I’m passionate about both these areas and am glad to have followed an immense learning curve in the last few years AND found a barrel saddle that is exceeding my expectations for meeting these demands.
In today’s video post I’ve shared:
- How to evaluate your current saddle or perspective saddles for correct fit
- The dangers, drawbacks & differences to look for regarding gullet or bar width
- Three reasons and ways that saddle fit can be enhanced with shimming
The Therafoam shims featured in the video above, are available here.
To physically rehabilitate a horse with saddle fit damage, soundness issues, and to build topline, check out How to Restore and Maintain Soundness with Quality Movement and Healthy Biomechanics