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Saddlefit 4 Life Educational Course Week

December 3, 2014 - February 7, 2015

Saddlefit 4 Life®
Protecting Horse and Rider from Pain and Long-Term Damage

Equine Ergonomics Curriculum Outline

Equine Back Health – Current moral and legal dilemmas concerning issues in saddle fit
Historical Perspectives and Current trends facing equine professionals and riders
Equine Protection at what cost? Am I protected?
Your role in the team of equine professionals helping horses live life to the fullest
Professional and rider education – key to improving horse’s comfort, freedom and performance
Fundamental Principles of Equine and Human Anatomy Crucial to Achieving Proper Saddle Fit

Recent research findings in the equine back every rider needs to know
The gender of saddle fit – anatomical gender differences
Implications of Rider Gender for:
a. saddle design for women and men – relevance to the fit and construction
b. communication and comfort for the horse
c. back health for horse and rider
Growth stages of the horse and saddle fit requirements
Saddle fitting science and art – saddle fitter methods and qualifications
Applying Saddle Fitting Principles to the Conformation of the ‘Horse in Motion’

understanding equine anatomy and how it relates to the fit of the saddle
analysis of dust patterns and the saddle support area
tree angle and width, gullet width, channel requirements
implications of biomechanics of movement, training and development
protecting the horse’s skin, nerves, cartilage, spinal ligament system, musculature
factors to consider when selecting a saddle for optimal fit, comfort and performace
evaluation of saddle pads, girths, air flocking, treeless saddles
Identifying Common Saddle Fit Challenges leading to Back Soreness and Behavioural Issues

recognize signs of poor saddle fit and secondary back pain for horse and rider
prevention of pain and long term damage to horse and to rider
solutions: long-term versus short-term
Saddle Tree Technology

review of various trees and innovations
how the tree affects the comfort and health of the horse
Steps to Check Saddle Fit

diagnostic tools, systems and aids to evaluate saddle fit
80 point evaluation of saddle fit
use of ‘Professionals Kit’
saddle fit aids and solutions
Saddle Fitting to Horse and Rider

evaluation of adjustable saddles and non-adjustable saddles and their implications for fitting
understanding the theory of saddle tree adjustments and re-flocking
measuring of rider


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December 3, 2014
February 7, 2015


Connie Frantzke
800-225-2242 X 45
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Saddlefit 4 Life Educational Course
489 Stage Road
Charlton, NY 12019 United States
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