How To Tell If Your Saddle Hurts Your Horse

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How To Tell If Your Saddle Hurts Your HorseHow To Tell If Your Saddle Hurts Your Horse
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Concerned with the negative behavior of your horse such as bucking or throwing its head? Maybe an adjustment in equipment is what you need. Maybe its high time to check the horse’s saddle fit.

A saddle fit is supposed to make both the rider and the horse happy. This equipment is critically important in ensuring the performance, health, happiness, and comfort of horses. Every horse owner must be knowledgeable about saddle fit as it can negatively affect the overall health and performance of horses when neglected.

An improper saddle fit usually makes horses suffer which will eventually led to the occurrence of various signs and symptoms. [1] An improper saddle fit in horses is often compared to humans walking for long hours wearing shoes that are too small.



Research shows that horses can really be tolerant of everything which their owners do to them. But there will always be a point where they begin showing signs of pain and discomfort.

To prevent your horse from getting hurt, the saddle must be placed in a way that the weight of the equipment is evenly distributed across the equine’s back. If the saddle does not fit or is not placed properly, you will see patches of white hairs on the back of the horse later on. These patches served as the pressure points and are evidence of frequent rubbing.

Other obvious signs of improperly fit saddles may include calluses, scars, and sores which can really be painful and sensitive to horses. Touching the affected areas may elicit undesirable behaviors from horses which may include biting, bucking, bolting and kicking.

Research has shown that an improperly fit saddle may trigger problems on the ligaments and muscles of horses. Curious about the other signs and symptoms that come with improper saddle fit? Watch this very informative video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjeD1GnL3nI) to learn wealth of facts and tips on how to tell if your saddle is hurting your horse.

References:
[1] http://voices.yahoo.com/the-importance-proper-saddle-fit-4122589.html?cat=53
[2] http://www.equineperformanceservices.com.au/page3.htm

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