I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying this fantastic riding weather. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to help so many new horses in 2014 and look forward to seeing you all again in 2015.
As soon as Christmas is over, we move right into New Year’s Resolutions and goals setting. In order to avoid the spring rush and long wait times, I am asking that you put saddle fit evaluation into your plans for 2015. We are alreadyscheduling in March & April. If it has been over 6 months since your saddle fit was evaluated, we need to get you on the schedule ASAP. If you normally wait until spring, please schedule that now. I don’t want any of our horses to go with a poor fitting saddle, especially the ones that have adjustable saddles that can be fitted.
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Buck N Horse Hollow
6 Buck Dr.
Carlisle PA 17015 in our indoor.
A couple of really good questions have come up lately, so I thought I would share the answers with you.
Do You Prefer Long Billets or Short Billets?
I prefer long billets and short girths because they are easier for me to tighten after I am on the horse. However, I do not jump so I am not concerned about the added stability of a long girth. In our Schleese saddles I have never noticed a problem with the buckles bothering the rider's leg but that is one of the reasons riders prefer short girths.
What is a Good Girth Length?
According to Jochen Schleese's book, Suffering in Silence a long girth should have no more than 2 inches of elastic at the buckles and a short girth no more than 1 inch of elastic. Too much elastic allows the rider to get the girth too tight which makes it difficult for the horse to breath. It also says that after tightening the girth with long or short billets there should be a maximum 2 to 3 open holes left at the top of the billet. Both sides of the girth should have the same amount of "give."
Our goal is to keep the buckles away from the elbow and the edge of the muscle to ensure elbow freedom. Since it is more comfortable for the horse to have the pressure spread out wider on the sternum and narrower behind the shoulder it is important that the narrow part of the girth does not end right on the edge of the latissimus or pectoralis causing the cutting effect.
What is a Relief Wedge?
Schleese Saddle trees are made of a polyurethane/carbon fibre material that allows us to adapt the gullet plate to the shape of each individual horse. Basically, any Schleese saddle can be made any width or angle in the front. The part we cannot change is the size seat needed for the rider and the length of the horse'ssaddle support area, which ends at the horse's 18th rib since the lumbar vertebrae (shown in green) cannot support weight.. The saddle should sit on the rib heads bridging over the thoracic vertebrae, behind the shoulder and in front of the last rib. When a rider's seat needs to be larger then the horse's saddle support area, a special panel is used. Regular panels are rounder and sometimes really large under and behind the cantle.
The greatest compliment a business can receive is a referral from one of their clients. I am so grateful to everyone that has forwarded my emails, handed out a business card, liked us on Facebook or simply told their friends about FIT RIGHT SADDLE SOLUTIONS and my mission to spread the word about proper saddle fit. Thank you for helping me help the horses.
Let's have a Happy New Year!
Fit Right Saddle Solutions
Buck N Horse Hollow
6 Buck Dr.
Carlisle PA 17015
Terry Peiper has been "Helping Horses With Their People" in south central PA for over 30 years by training horses and riders. In addition to being an accredited Richard Shrake Resistance Free ® Trainer/Instructor, she is certified by the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA) and the International Society of Rider Biomechanics. She has more than 45 years horse showing experience in several different disciplines, as well as several years of fox hunting and open show judging experience. You could say she has been there and done that.
Studying saddle ergonomics started out as just another way for Terry to help her students however, it quickly took over her life when she discovered that her own horse, Easy had a condition called kissing spine which was likely caused by many years of riding in poor fitting saddles. “I can’t go back and undo what I have done but I can spread the word about proper saddle fit to prevent other horses from needless suffering” says Terry.
Recognizing the huge need for proper saddle fit, Terry joined the Saddlefit 4 Life professionals and started the FIT RIGHT SADDLE SOLUTIONS. She passionately pursues her mission to educate as many riders as possible of the importance of proper saddle fit, how it affects the horse’s performance, behavior and ultimately the health of horse and rider.
For riders searching for solutions, she proudly offers Thin Line shimmable saddle pads, Schleese dressage and hunt seat saddles and Specialized endurance, trail and western saddles. All the saddles can be adapted to fit the horse as it develops or fitted to another horse by changing the tree width, angle and horizontal panel contact. Terry recommends saddle fit evaluations every 6 months.
Saddle fit evaluations/consultations, lectures, adjustable saddle sales/service and riding lessons are available at Buck N Horse Hollow in Carlisle PA or within a 120 mile radius (south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland areas)