February 2013 

Greetings from a snowy Buck N Horse Hollow!  As we celebrate Valentines and the loves in our life, I would like to share some information that I found online, How to Properly Fit the McClellan Saddle by Dan Gilmore. On this page Mr. Gilmore says “ The Army treated horses as expendable and only expected a horse to last about thirty days in the field under combat patrol conditions. “ How ironic that we say we love our horses but never pay any attention to their comfort or pain caused by the saddle. Yet the army didn’t expect their horses to live longer than 30 days and I quote “On active service the saddles require daily attention. They should be inspected as regularly as are the feet. Every weak point in the fit of a saddle in the squadron should be known and the remedy arranged for. In no other way is it possible to bring horses through severe work with sound backs.”

Here are the 6 axioms in saddle fitting from paragraph 310: Cavalry Service Regulations, United States Army (Experimental) 1914; War Department. I encourage everyone that ever puts a saddle on a horse’s back to read the regulations.

(a) The withers must not be pinched nor pressed upon.
(b) The central line of the back must have no pressure put upon it.
(c) The shoulder blades must have full and unhampered movement.
(d) The loins must not carry weight.
(e) The weight must be put upon the ribs through the medium of the muscles covering them.
(f) The weight must be evenly distributed over a surface which extends from the pay of the shoulders to the last true rib.

For some reason, this information from a hundred years ago was lost. Why? It could be because horses are mostly for pleasure now and not as much depended upon to earn a living or carry a soldier in battle. It could be because manufacturing a lot of one size fit all saddles is more profitable. It could be that we just don’t know what we don’t know.

Don’t forget the PA Horse World Expo is next week, Feb. 21-24 at the Farm Show Building in Harrisburg, PA. If you come to the show stop by and visit us at Booth #419 and/or plan to attend the lecture at 6pm on Thursday in the Round Pen. If that lecture doesn’t fit into your schedule, we have 3 more scheduled.

Saddle Fitting Lecture & Evaluations at Dreams Come True Farms, Carlisle PA
9 am Sunday, March 3, 2013

Saddle Fitting Lecture & Evaluations at Buck N Horse Hollow, 10 am Saturday, March 9, 2013

Saddle Fitting Lecture & Evaluations at Tombetsthefarm, Rocky Ridge MD at 10 am Saturday, May 4, 2013

Also, there are still a few openings for riders at our clinics. More info on the web site.
Kindergarten Clinic- “Getting Ready to Ride” Saturday, March 16, 2013

Level 1 Clinic- Groundwork & Riding “How to speak horse” Sunday, April 7,

Level 2 Clinic- Groundwork & Riding “Quiet, supple & obedient” Saturday, April 27, 2013

Level 3 Clinic-Resistance Free Riding “Responsiveness & fine tuning our aids” Sunday, May 5, 2013

Favorite link of the month, just in case you missed it or want to experience it again.

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TTYS & God Bless

Saddlefit 4 Life Certified Saddle Ergonomist
Authorized Schleese Saddlery, ThinLine, Specialized Saddles & TW Saddlery Representative
ARIA, ISRB & Richard Shrake Certified Instructor

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