Saddlefit 4 Life Certified Saddle Ergonomist
"Spreading the word about saddle fit and how it affects our horse's behavior, performance and ultimately the health of horse and rider through saddle fit evaluations and lectures."
I hope this newsletter find you and your horses doing well. This month I have a few quick but very important messages.
First I want to share a quote from the book, The Complete Training of Horse and Rider In the Principles of Classical Horsemanship by Alois Podhajsky. "It cannot not be repeated too often that one of the greatest faults a rider can commit is to demand more from his horse than is justified by his physical and mental condition."
Even this late in the riding season as most of our horses have been in training since the March thaw, I see horses almost every day being asked to do tasks that they are not in condition for. Remember, " The rules of classical horsemanship can never be broken." They are in place to protect the horse like we are doing with the saddles from long term physical and mental damage. These rules should apply to every discipline.
Whether it is carrying a big heavy saddle and rider the back is not ready for, traveling 10 miles once a week on a trail ride, barrel racing, dressage and now fox hunting. Fit horses are stronger, happier and will last a long time. An unfit horse will be more likely to injure, soreness will cause behavior issues and both will cause lost riding time and cost money.
For your convenience, I have added an online store for some our most popular accessories. Saddles will continue to only be available "in person" so that we can ensure the best possible fit.
You are Invited !! September 27, 2015 4pm at Buck N Horse Hollow 6 Buck Dr. Carlisle PA 17015
This is a strictly educational presentation designed to give you a better understanding of horse anatomy in relation to saddle fit. There will be no sales or saddle fit evaluations at this event. The presentation is being sponsored by the IEO Dressage Club but is open to riders of any discipline and any type of saddle. Bring a chair, bring a friend and bring your questions.
As always, thank you for reading our newsletter and forwarding it to your friends. I sincerely appreciate every single one of you that is helping me help the horses.
TTYS & God Bless!
Terry Peiper, CSE
Saddlefit 4 Life Certified Saddle Ergonomist
Fit Right Saddle Solutions
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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 Christ pads and girths, 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)