An entire day of ONLINE Saddle Fitting CPD - £20 gets you a ring side seat for the best value CPD we've ever known. The Saddle Research Trust presents a day of saddle fitting presentations from experts at the cutting edge of equitation research. This is not to be missed. FAQs state that there will be a replay video available, presumably for those not available to attend live.
** Confirmed - £20 gets you a 48 hour live stream opportunity. This means that you will be able to view for 48 hours approximately from when live streaming starts. ... See more
An entire day of ONLINE Saddle Fitting delight next Saturday December 8th - The Saddle Research Trust are live streaming their sell out conference event around the world and online access on the day will cost you only £20! This has to be the absolute best value for money for any CPD event we've ever seen. Details and booking on the link below. FAQs state that there will be a replay video available. ** Confirmed - £20 gets you a 48 hour live stream opportunity. This means that you will be able to view for 48 hours approximately from when live streaming starts. ... See more
An Objective Measure of Noseband Tightness and Its Measurement Using a Novel Digital Tightness Gauge
Orla Doherty , Thomas Conway , Richard Conway , Gerard Murray , Vincent Casey
Published: January 3, 2017https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0168996 ... See more
Noseband tightness is difficult to assess in horses participating in equestrian sports such as dressage, show jumping and three-day-eventing. There is growing concern that nosebands are commonly tightened to such an extent as to restrict normal equine behaviour and possibly cause injury. In the abse... ... See more
An interesting article on Conformation which applies much more than simply geometry to the topic. It states: "Conformation is only relevant when applied to the purpose for which the animal is required. ‘Good’ conformation, therefore, in addition to the overall proportions, etc, is that which copes most effectively with the intended activity."
More importantly, "What is certain is that the well-made horse is a well-balanced one and, therefore, more likely to be possessed of an athletic quality.......Horses compelled to perform work outside their physical capacity, or forced to assume a carriage which by reason of some deficiency causes them discomfort will, understandably, become resentful and may then resort to all sorts of resistances." ... See more
Looking at Horses – Applied Conformation Posted on June 15, 2018 by horsemagazine To the equine connoisseur, conformation is a source of constant fascination, and a subject of absorbing interest. Whether in the still expanding modern horse world it is generally understood, or its importance suffic... ... See more
Edinburgh was the venue for the latest Groundpole Horse and Rider Asymmetry Evaluation and Exercise Prescription workshop today very kindly hosted by BHS riding coach, Pam Dykes, and organised by Veterinary Physiotherapist, Lisa Cleeton. The riders were directed to invent various asymmetries in their riding postures and the demo horses were very expressive when showing their disdain for rider asymmetry. Interestingly, it was taking the horses progressively longer and longer to return to their normal way of going as they did their best to attempt to adapt.
Today the horses showed us how much trust and confidence in their riders they could quickly lose when ridden awkwardly. They also showed us, with this contrast between their usual high standard of equitation and the temporary low standard of equitation, how unethical it would be to keep applying stronger and stronger aids when the fault is clearly with the rider. The riders were actually so posturally quiet that we could barely perceive when they were crooked - a take home message for when we are making a cursory glance to see if the rider is crooked - they can easily be crooked even when they appear straight........
With a (different) rider on the ground and balancing on a saddle stand perched on a mildly unstable barrel, we used some core strength testing in four regions - front back, sides. It was interesting that when the rider's position was corrected to straight, the rider felt very odd. From that we can only deduce that we can't always trust the rider's perceived accuracy of their crookedness and, again, we were only looking at minimal asymmetry. That phase ended with a walking backwards race to evaluate rider proprioception and confidence in their gait when moving into an unseen area. Thankfully they all managed to walk back in a straight line without bumping into eachother.
Next were groundpole exercises. The take home message was to keep the configuration simple enough for handlers to work without assistance for constant pole changing. Also, allowing the horse regular mental breaks for a canter in another part of the school and bounce fences to motivate them made for a much more willing horse in training. Breathing rate was used to monitor when the horse was entering a potential conditioning phase and to signal when breaks were necessary or when to end the session.
Ending with a trot up evaluation and the take home message that the observer needs to pay careful attention as the horse decelerates through the last few strides as this is when the extra load can induce lame steps, this turned out to be a particularly highly enjoyable session for the group and for me and one which I very much enjoyed teaching as I appreciate more and more how evaluating the horse-saddle-rider combination must be carried out as a whole to get the best out of all three.
A saddle fit checking session with more rider evaluation has been planned for this venue on November 19. ... See more
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