Horse's Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book: Ensure Soundness and Comfort with Back Analysis and Correct Use of Saddles and Pads

Horse's Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book: Ensure Soundness and Comfort with Back Analysis and Correct Use of Saddles and Pads


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Horse's Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book: Ensure Soundness and Comfort with Back Analysis and Correct Use of Saddles and Pads by Joyce Harman, Susan E Harris

When your horse suddenly develops a performance problem or a bad attitude and neither seem to be remedied by new training techniques or medical care, you often face months—even years—of frustration and career limitation. Dr. Joyce Harman, veterinarian and respected saddle-fitting expert, states that 75 percent of horses with such issues are simply reacting to pain caused by ill-fitting saddles. And, as she explains in this thorough and highly illustrated book, poor saddle fit can be corrected with patience and know-how.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570762925
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Publication date: 11/01/2004
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 873,993
Product dimensions: 8.44(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Dr. Joyce Harman, DVM, MRCVS, owns and operates Harmany Equine Clinic, a holistic, primarily equine veterinary practice in Washington, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Why Saddle Fit Matters1
When Saddle Fit is Correct2
When Saddle Fit is Incorrect2
The Function of the Horse's Back3
Belly Lifts5
Evaluating Your Horse's Posture and Use of His Back5
Checklist: Horse Evaluation14
Chapter 2Recognizing Saddle Problems15
Physical Symptoms15
Behavior or Performance Problems17
Chapter 3Saddle Construction23
Parts of the Saddle: An Overview23
Parts of the Saddle: Specific Areas28
Tree Construction28
Panel Construction29
Seat and Twist Construction32
Billet Construction34
Stirrup Bar Construction35
Saddle Innovations37
Treeless Saddles37
Partial-Tree Saddles39
Flexible Bars39
Adjustable Panels39
Chapter 4Saddle Evaluation41
Saddle Prepurchase Exam-Checking for Structural Soundness42
Assessing Trees in New and Used Saddles42
Checking for Symmetry43
Checklist: Saddle Evaluation50
Chapter 5Saddle Fit on the Horse51
Horse Examination51
Riderless Saddle Fit Examination52
Tree Fit55
A Level Seat66
Panel Fit66
The Gullet73
Stirrup Bars75
Billets and Girthing76
Checklist: Riderless Saddle Fit Evaluation82
Chapter 6Saddle Fit for Horse and Rider: Ridden Exam83
Seat Bone to Stirrup Bar Relationship84
Seat Considerations89
Pommel Considerations95
Saddle Flaps97
Checklist: Rider Fit Evaluation100
Chapter 7Synergy: Rider Balance and Saddle Fit101
Assess Mounted Saddle Fit for the Horse102
Assess Mounted Saddle Fit for the Rider104
Checklist: Rider Balance and Saddle Fit111
Chapter 8Confounding Variables: Fitting Saddles to Every Horse113
Challenging Conformation Variations114
Well-Sprung Ribs115
Narrow or Steeply Angled Back116
Wide Back and Flat Withers117
High Withers119
Long Withers122
Thickly Muscled Withers122
Large Shoulders123
Uneven Shoulders123
Uneven Back Muscles126
Uneven Hips127
Swayed Back127
Roached Back128
Croup High129
Problematic Breeds and Types129
Saddle Fit Accessories131
Chapter 9Sensible Use of Saddle Pads135
Evaluating Saddle Fit with a Pad137
Types of Saddle Pads143
Temporary Problem Solving149
Saddle Pad Care155
Chapter 10Measuring Your Horse's Back158
Measuring Back Shape158
Measuring Saddle Fit162
Chapter 11Saddles for Various Sports165
Hunters and Jumpers167
Endurance and Trail Riding171
Pony Club Games and Gymkhanas174
Chapter 12Fitting Multiple Horses: Professionals, Riding Schools and Camps177
Chapter 13A Practical Approach to Finding Your Saddle181
Borrowing Saddles181
Trading Saddles182
Used Saddles182
New Saddles: Working with Tack Shops182
Custom Saddles185
Working with Saddlers and Saddle Fitters185
Caring for Your Saddle186
Chapter 14Caring for Your Horse's Back189
Massage Therapy193
Physical Therapy194
Professional Physical Therapies197
Nutritional Therapy201
Shoeing for a Healthy Back203
Conventional Medicine203
Problematic Management Practices206

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From the Publisher

All riders should read this book!  —Horse Country

"Some books are classics that should be on every rider's book shelf. This book is one of them. Dr. Harman is thorough, explaining problems and fixes for both the rider's comfort and for the horse's. She discusses human and equine conformation differences and their requirements in a saddle. The book includes outstanding illustrations by Susan Harris, clear photos, charts, and sidebars." —Horse Journal (September 2012)

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