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Poll Recap: Tack Shopping Choices

December 01, 2015

Of the 692 respondents, 263 (38%) said they purchase most of their tack and supplies at their local tack or farm store.... Read More


A Look at Rein Tension During Therapeutic Riding Lessons

November 20, 2015

Rein tension can be a welfare concern that could result in both clinical and behavioral problems.... Read More


10 Saddle Fit Resources on TheHorse.com

November 19, 2015

Are you confused where to begin when properly evaluating and fitting a saddle. Don't worry. We're here to help. ... Read More

Bob Schneder illustrates how this horse's back is built up more on the left side than the right.


Saddle Fit: Basics and Beyond

November 19, 2015

Is your horse unhappy under saddle? Get your questions answered by a veterinarian who is also a saddle fitter.... Read More


Poll Recap: Saddle Fitting Solutions

November 17, 2015

Of the 770 respondents, 303 (39%) said they bought new saddles if their previous ones did not fit their horses. ... Read More


Should Veterinarians Be Concerned About Saddle Fit?

November 15, 2015

Veterinarians can access an illustrated tutorial on saddle fit and its impact horse and rider health and welfare.... Read More


Researchers Evaluate Head Control Equipment Use in Horses

November 09, 2015

Such equipment appeared most prevalent in sales advertisements for more expensive, higher-level horses, scientists said.... Read More

Here, the gullet is too narrow, the saddle tips forwards and bounces up and down, and the saddle is slipping to the right.


Assessing Saddle Fit in Sport Horses

November 02, 2015

Dr. Sue Dyson shares her tips for ensuring your horse's saddle fits well and doesn't interfere with his performance.... Read More


Help for a Girthy Horse

October 08, 2015

Do you have a cinchy horse? Follow this step-by-step advice to modify his behavior. ... Read More

The study used a mechanical horse to measure the rein pressure applied by riders.


Rider Handedness Affects Rein Tension

October 07, 2015

Average rein tensions in riders' dominant hands were 34-45% greater than in their nondominant hands, a study found.... Read More

Horses wearing blankets in field.


Poll Recap: Blanket Planning

October 06, 2015

Of the 1,401 respondents, 1,021 people (73%) said their horses will wear a blanket at some point this fall and winter.... Read More


Why Does My Horse Yawn During Bridling?

October 01, 2015

What happens before bridling might hold a clue as to why this horse yawns when facing his bridle.... Read More


Poll Recap: Saddle Collections

September 15, 2015

Of the 1,337 respondents, 931 (69%) said they currently own one to four saddles. ... Read More


Poll Recap: Readers Say 'Yes' to Professional Saddle Fit

September 08, 2015

Of the 843 respondents, 393 (47%) said they've had a professional saddle fitter evaluate their horses and tack.... Read More


Poll Recap: Tack Cleaning

September 01, 2015

Of the 870 respondents, 298 (34%) said they clean their horses' tack a few times per year. ... Read More


Do Western Saddles Distribute Pressure Evenly?

August 10, 2015

While Western saddles had uneven pressure distribution, study horses showed no signs of saddle-related discomfort.... Read More


Saddle Research Conference Review Published in Journal

August 01, 2015

The review appeared in the British Equine Veterinary Association's Equine Veterinary Education.... Read More

Dressage saddle fitted with shims. Setup would allow for development of topline.


Six Take-Homes from My Saddle Fitting Session

July 30, 2015

When was the last time you went through the saddle fitting process with a new prospect (or old), and what did you learn?... Read More


Signs That Your Saddle Doesn't Fit Your Horse

July 28, 2015

Watch for these telltale signs of poor saddle fit in your horse's body, behavior, and movement.... Read More


What Do the Sweat Marks Under Your Saddle Mean?

July 17, 2015

From excessive dirt accumulation to dry spots, here's what the sweat patterns under your saddle are really telling you.... Read More


Seven Common Saddle Faults

June 10, 2015

A poorly designed or damaged saddle affects not only your riding but also your horse's comfort. Learn what to watch for.... Read More


What is a Saddle Tracing or Template?

June 01, 2015

Saddle fitters use tracing or templating to record the shape of a horse's back. Here's how it works.... Read More

Damage caused by an ill-fitting saddle pad.


Skin Issues That Affect Saddle Fit

May 27, 2015

Some sores, injuries, and infections can make saddling a painful process for your horse. Here's what to watch for.... Read More


Clinical Signs and Causes of Back Pain in Horses

May 22, 2015

Learn about common issues owners encounter with their horses' spine and saddle fit and how to treat such issues.... Read More


The Coolest Things I Learned About Saddle Fit

May 19, 2015

Here are my top six takeaways from a two-day introduction to saddle fitting course.... Read More