Regardless of the discipline or the riding style you want your horse to perform – their sanity, soundness and overall well-being is your responsibility. To let one’s ego override what is best for the horse is irresponsible. To provide the care your horse deserves requires careful consideration of the equine professionals who make up the circle of influence surrounding your horse.
We are actively involved with the HIPPOH Foundation (Horse Industry Professionals Protecting Our Horses) www.hippohfoundation.org an organization developed to help educate concerned horse owners. Using scientific studies, research and experienced professionals who lecture around the world, the horse owner is supplied with trustworthy information on how to build their own circle of influence for their horse and to build a professional team that will work together to put your horse first.
Horses are speaking but we are often not listening. One of the biggest influences when we ride our horse is our aids. Our most important aid – our body – relies on how well we can communicate with our horse. What is too often overlooked is the interface between us and our horses – our saddle. If your saddle in compromising your horse’s movement, hitting on the reflex points that make the horse hollow it’s back and making your horse’s back sore will eventually lead to long term damage and make your horse resistant, his only way of protesting what is wrong.
Many behavioral problems trainers encounter are caused by poor saddle fit. Unfortunately when riders/ trainers simply force the horse to perform through their pain and their protests are harshly reprimanded – this does not create a willing happy horse. Many trainers are applauded and admired because they can make a horse “do anything” and their harsh tactics are required because the horse is “just a pig”. A HORSE WILL PERFORM WILLINGLY IF YOU ADHERE TO CORRECT FOUNDATION TRAINING AND ENSURE THAT HE IS COMFORTABLE IN ALL OTHER ASPECTS.
Educating yourself on proper saddle fit is so important and made such a difference in our horse’s comfort and performance we established our own Art2Ride Saddlery to help horse owners provide the same for their own horses.