The 'Poor Man's' Saddle Fitting

Earlier this month I spent two days at the American Association of Equine Practitioner’s Focus on the Sport Horse Symposium, in Louisville. I listened to hours of lameness and rehab presentations from renowned researchers, and my right hand has finally recovered from rapid note-taking.

In a discussion about rehabilitating horses with back problems, Dr. Philippe Benoit, a private practitioner at Clinique Equine des BrŽviaires in France and former veterinarian for the French show jumping team, touched briefly on the importance of saddle fit. He gave the usual advice: “Check for any abnormal pressure and bridging of the panels and padding of the saddle itself” to help avoid back soreness. Many of us have heard it before.

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