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Performance Saddlefits Australia - Saddle fitting and education

Online Education

We are incredibly excited to be bringing you our Online Education Series.

We have had so many requests over the years to develop an online version of our Biomechanics and Saddlefit Seminars for horse owners and industry professionals around the world that could not attend – so here is a preview of what to expect!

Life is busy we know, so we have broken down the topics into easy to watch and read modules, so you can work through them at your own pace.

Our Modules include short videos, PDF and downloadable checklists to take out to your horse and saddle so you can apply what you have learnt.

This series is not intended to make you a saddlefitter, but to help you learn more about your horse, how he moves and how his saddle should fit to best enable him to be a happy, healthy and comfortable partner for you. It will give you valuable information and insights into when things are right, wrong and when to call in a professional!

For our Equestrian Industry Professionals, this is an invaluable tool to help you understand the correlation between saddle fit, postural, biomechanical and behavioural changes and why your client may need to look at their saddle fit and develop a Circle of Care to optimise soundness and performance.

An introduction to how saddles influence movement and soundness

  • Understanding the necessity of saddle fit – basic anatomy and biomechanics
  • Signs and results of incorrect saddle fit – key indicators: musculature, posture, behaviour and movement
  • Ten essential points of saddle fitting
  • Breed or type-specific fitting issues – the ‘hard to fit horse’

The variations in saddle manufacture and fitting to horse conformation

  • How conformation determines saddle choice and fit for the horse
  • Fitting the hoop-shaped horse
  • Fitting the A-framed horse
  • Fitting uphill and downhill horses
  • Fitting the short-backed horse
  • Saddle design variations for the rider – how to get it right!
  • Change of career means changing musculature requirements
  • How to fit a saddle for a changing horse to enable muscle build and postural change
  • Using correction pads
  • Circle of care

Instructors, Gear Checks and Parents, Educating Coaches and Kids

  • Understanding the necessity of saddle fit – basic anatomy and biomechanics
  • Ten essential points of saddle fitting that every horse owner/rider should know
  • Key Indicators of incorrect saddle fit on horse and rider – musculature, posture, behavioural and movement.
  • Temporary solutions
  • Fitting the growing rider for safety and correct riding posture.

Advanced Topics – How to recognise potential fitting issues affecting horse and rider biomechanics

  • Understanding the necessity of saddle fit – basic anatomy and biomechanics in the performance horse.
  • Advanced Key Performance Indicators of incorrect saddle fit on horse and rider - musculature, posture, behavioural and movement.
  • Ten essential points of saddle fitting
  • Circle of care
  • Identifying asymmetry
  • Issues that create asymmetry
  • How asymmetry effects horse biomechanics and performance
  • Fitting issues created by asymmetry and solutions
  • Saddle fitting solutions
  • Circle of care

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