Written specifically for Western-style riding and horses,Â this guide offersÂ helpful advice on subjects such asÂ horse and riderÂ conformation andÂ saddle construction. Horse owners will benefit fromÂ clear explanations ofÂ the variables thatÂ must be considered in order to keepÂ a horse comfortable. Because many aspects change accordingÂ to various exercise and training programs, a sectionÂ on the use of pads and shims for temporary problem solving, as well as invaluable information on caring for the horse backâ€”both in the short and long termâ€”is included. Emphasizing that a good fit is not determined by the brand, cost, or style of a saddleâ€”an expensive model can cause just as much harm asÂ a cheaper oneâ€”this guidebook discusses how fit is determined by a saddle that allows the horse’s back to function correctly, while keeping the rider in a well-balanced position.
The Western Horse’s Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book: Soundness and Comfort with Back Analysis and Correct Use of Saddles and Pads