I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a
“The Hooves of horses”
On the wings of the morning they gather and fly,
In the hush of the night I hear them pass by,
The horses of memory thundering thru
With flashing white fetlocks all wet with dew.
Will H Ogilvie.
SADDLE FITTING CLINIC
Saturday November8TH 10 A.M TO 4:00 P.M.
This is a hands on clinic. You will be learning saddle fitting the only way possible….by putting your hands up under the saddles on moving horses so you can learn how movement affects saddle fit since we don’t ride a motionless horse.
You will learn about saddle trees and the do’s and don’t on specific body types.
This instruction is to teach you the 7 areas of saddle fit that you as an owner or trainer need to be aware of so as to avoid issues with your horse that may have been decided/claimed a “training issue” or an “attitude issue” with your horse and in actuality it was a saddle fitting issue. Trainers have been struggling with a way to deal with saddle pain affecting training for too long, folks. So I encourage all trainers to attend this clinic to get properly educated in this area of “natural horsemanship” so as to improve your results with less setbacks and frustrations. I have been a trainer most of my adult life and therefore am qualified to teach you how to diagnose symptoms on each horse from a trainers perspective.
I will be available to counsel specifically with trainers following the clinic.10 Areas of Saddle Fitting to be covered in the clinic.1) DEFINING THE 5 AREAS of tree fit plus 2 more that have to do with leather application.
2) WHAT IS TWIST AND ROCKER/BOW HOW THIS AFFECTS YOUR HORSE
3) WIDTH AND BAR/RAFTER ANGLE ARE 2 DIFFERENT THINGS, and how to determine what is needed for each horse.
4) WHAT RIGGING PLACEMENT DOES TO SADDLE FIT- because Its not what you have been taught
5) WHAT LENGTH SADDLE CAN BE PUT ON A HORSE WITHOUT HINDERING MOVEMENT.
6) HORSE CONFORMATION AND SADDLE FIT
7) HOW INCORRECT SEAT SIZE AFFECTS YOUR HORSE AND SADDLE FIT.
8) DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE GOOD DRY SPOTS?
9) HOW TO TELL IF YOUR TREE IS WARPED OR UN BALANCED.
10) HOW TO MAKE FITTING WIRES AND WHERE TO PLACE THEM UNDER THE SADDLE SO YOU CAN SHOP EFFICIENTLY.* The importance of that 2nd wire.*There will be a handout but please bring a clipboard and pen to write with. This is an educational “CLASS” so come prepared to learn and bring a chair and lap blanket for the sections that will allow you to set comfortably in a class setting.
*There will be a handout and tutorial on horse anatomy that is VITAL to saddle fit.5-6 hours of education~ PLUS! a new addition suggested by previous participants… The horses and their saddles that are “hauled in” will be used in this clinic for demonstration.PLEASE BRING THE SADDLE, CINCHES AND PADS USED ON “HAUL IN” HORSE.
I CAN ACCOMMODATE 5 HORSES.
STALL PROVIDED DURING THE CLINIC.TIME: 30 MINUTES TIME ALLOWED PER HORSE TO DIAGNOSE YOUR HORSE AND SADDLE FIT ISSUES ~THEN DISCUSS THEM WITH THE GROUP~ AND ~ IF IMMEDIATE RELIEF CAN BE FOUND I WILL RESOLVE THE ISSUES THRU PADDING/RIGGING ADJUSTMENTS OR SHIMS.
*If your issue cannot be resolved in class. I will finish your fitting immediately following the clinic. Participants will be welcome to stay and watch if desired.
The long term benefit of this education is: You can take the skills you have been taught back to your other horses and their saddles to determine saddle fit at no additional cost to you since you now have been given the opportunity to “own” the skills.
This education has been long overlooked but is the foundation of your riding career unless you ride bareback!
CLINIC BEGINS AT 10:00AM
LUNCH IS 1:00 PM ~ PACK A LUNCH and we will all eat in the ranch house together. WE DO NOT LIVE NEAR TOWN.
CLINIC ENDS AT 4PM.
COST with a horse: $85.00
COST to audit: $50.00
Limit: 10 participants. So reserve your spot today!
RESERVATION & PREPAYMENT is appreciated so that my clinic is efficiently and effectively prepared.
EMAIL ME FOR PARTICIPANT FORM. CHECKS AND PAYPAL ACCEPTED(3% CONVENIENCE FEE ADDED FOR PAYPAL PMTS) . PRE-PMT ALLOWS ME TO USE LESS STAFF.) IF YOU CANNOT GET PMT TO ME IN TIME, YOU WILL NOT BE TURNED AWAY. JUST ARRIVE EARLY AND COME TO ME DIRECTLY ON THE DAY OF THE CLINIC.
I am now an authorized dealer for SADDLERIGHT PADS.
After repeated testing these pads far exceeded any other pad I’ve compared them to! They levitate the saddle and rider over the horses working back and provide ZERO pressure points, plus have a nice air return to keep the horse cooler.
Call Juli @ 541-258-3344 or
to place an order! I am offering a 5% discount.
but b-4 you call me please
click on their website link to choose your pad style and color and so you know their prices.
I HAVE DESIGNED A SPECIAL LOW PROFILE PAD THAT HAS A SPECIAL CUT OUT IN THE REAR TO PROVIDE RELIEVE FOR HORSES WITH ANGULAR LOINS AND EXPOSED SPINES AND HUNTERS BUMPS.
IT IS NOT PICTURED ON THEIR WEBSITE.
THE PHR PAD IS PICTURED BELOW:
THIS PHR SADDLE PAD IS $310.00 and comes in all the colors.
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