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So You Think You Can Dance – Show Jumping Ingate Style

So You Think You Can Dance – Show Jumping Ingate Style | Saddlery | Scoop.it
Who knew there was an audition for So You Think You Can Dance at the ingate at Devon? Rythm, balance, feel – all important riding principles, which can certainly be applied to dance. Today, we have a perfect demonstration of some great moves.
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Man jumps, 1m 60 without reins .... dayum!

http://www.youtube.com/user/SpruceMeadowsTV Richard Spooner, well has trouble with combination n lest go of reins, this isn't my footage, but it's from Spruc...
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Science Of Olympics: Designing Safety Helmets - Video

Science Of Olympics: Designing Safety Helmets - Video | Saddlery | Scoop.it
Get a look at the science that goes into creating cycling, equestrian and boxing helmets that protect athletes without inhibiting performance.
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The Horse | Fitting the Saddle to the Withers

The Horse | Fitting the Saddle to the Withers | Saddlery | Scoop.it

High withers, low withers, long withers, thick meaty withers..... Were we to select the perfect withers for our mounts with the idea of arranging the best possible fit for the saddle, we would probably settle on well-placed, prominent withers that blended nicely into the slope of the shoulder and the back.... ...

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the Saddle Guy - Saddle Fit Demystified

Not promoting this guy, I've never worked with him, but he does have a very well written section on his site about saddle fit and his "10 steps of scientifically proven saddle fitting techniques..." read on!

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Saddle Terminology - a must read, Trumbull spells it all out so clearly!

Saddle Terminology - a must read, Trumbull spells it all out so clearly! | Saddlery | Scoop.it

TERMINOLOGY Parts of the saddle 

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Wendy Murdoch - A. J. Foster - A Saddle Maker that Measures Up

Wendy Murdoch - A. J. Foster - A Saddle Maker that Measures Up | Saddlery | Scoop.it

Andy Foster, Yoda of the saddle fit world.....  This article is worth your time if for nothing else than reading Andy's explination on how to deal with withers when creating a customs saddle. SO many people focus on withers when it comes to saddle fit, which can really be misleading.

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What happens when a saddle is too narrow

What happens when a saddle is too narrow | Saddlery | Scoop.it

6 image slideshow of a saddle that is too narrow, how to spot its too narrow, how people often put risers under the back to compensate, the pain that causes, and then finally if how the saddle should sit (optically) were it wide enough for the horse.

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Improved Riding Position: Mary Wanless Video

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In this video, Mary Wanless explains how to use your body's neuro-myofascial web correctly to improve your riding position.
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Horses in a french train station .... Les centaures en gare SNCF de Marseille Saint Charles

Les voyageurs et passants de la gare de Marseille Saint-Charles ont assisté à un spectacle équestre inédit les 12 et 13 octobre, entre 19h00 et 22h00. Surpri...
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Twist in Trees and Twisted Trees

Twist in Trees and Twisted Trees | Saddlery | Scoop.it
"Twist" is a deceptive term when used with respect to a saddle. It could indicate a natural part of the tree, it could indicate a defect in a tree, or it could be the width/narrowness of the saddle at the waist.
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Sweatmarks and Dry Spots

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An even sweatmark does not guarantee that your saddle fits. However,dry spots under the pad bring certainty that you saddle does NOT fit.The dry spots are caused by pressure so great that it prevents the sweatpores from operating properly.
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Lorien Stable - Cashel Soft Saddle -- Review

Lorien Stable - Cashel Soft Saddle -- Review | Saddlery | Scoop.it

Excellent review and ideas for enhancements by Galadriel Billington. The Cashel Soft Saddle is a bareback pad made of thick foam.

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The Horse | Horse Gaits: Sound Doesn't Equal Symmetrical

The Horse | Horse Gaits: Sound Doesn't Equal Symmetrical | Saddlery | Scoop.it

Research indicates that most sound horses' movements differ depending on direction of travel on a circle.... ...


Via Wendy Ying
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Western Saddles: The Saddle Fork

Western Saddles: The Saddle Fork | Saddlery | Scoop.it
What is a saddle fork? What’s its purpose, and what are the different types? We explain it all for you.
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Saddle Bridging

Saddle bridging explained... Author does a nice job discussing how painful bridging is. I will post more resources on how to detect bridging.... for example, if your saddle pad looks like this: http://tinyurl.com/8xr549h ; your saddle is bridging! See the dirt at the front (pommel area) and dirt at the back (cantle area) but very little dirt in the midde?? Thats because the saddle is making little to no contact with the horse's back there. All of the rider's weight is being concentrated on 4 spots on the horse's back.  Ouch! How to fix this?? Unless the bridging is very slight, a new saddle is advised. You really can't reflock or pad a significant bridging problem away. Attempts may offer temporary relief, and appear to work, but in the long run a tree that doesn't fit a horse will catch up with it. Its an issue of the tree being too flat for your horse's back. 

 

Having to replace your saddle seems like a painful idea - painful to the wallet - but if you think in the long term, a year from now, and how much you would be spending on pads, chiropractors, etc,  its really actually just easiest to search for what works, rather than try to put bandaids on a bad situation. And think of how much happier your horse would be... and ride better for you, your money and time spent on lessons would be better spent.

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Tracy Michele DESIGNS

Tracy Michele DESIGNS | Saddlery | Scoop.it

Tracy Michele DESIGNS... Custom saddle covers, grooming totes & more. Keeping your tack clean is an important part of protecting your investment

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Treeless Saddle

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The treeless saddle is a bit of a lightening rod in the riding world. People familiar with this new style seem to either love it or hate it. We’ll try to shed some light on the two sides of this controversial topic. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that this saddle style is still relatively new and will need some time to . . .

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