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Saddle Fit and Girth Choices—You Can’t Have One Without the Other!

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Unless the billets on your saddle are positioned correctly, your saddle will not stay in its proper place on your horse’s back. And no matter how many times you stop and reset the saddle, or what type of girth you use, your saddle will continue to slide forward. Accessories such as the girth can affect not only the feel of…

Saddle Fit and Saddle Tree Designs

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Saddle making history shows us that saddle trees looked almost the same for 4,300 years. When the horse was a necessity for mankind, it was important to keep them healthy and sound for human needs. Once the horse became more involved in sports, saddle tree design started to change for the various disciplines in both English and western riding. All…

Career Opportunities in the Equine World

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Becoming a professional competitor was the first thing I thought of when someone once asked me what I would like to be, given my love of horses. (This reminds me of a joke: how do you become a millionaire in the horse industry? Easy—start off by being a billionaire!) Then I became more practical and decided to combine my hobby…

Saddle Fit and The Proper Care of your Saddle

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Shutterstock/Courtesy of Schleese Saddlery As with anything you own, taking time to take the proper care of your precious leather goods greatly enhances their appearance and lifespan, no matter the brand. Nowadays, saddles cost enough that they can easily be considered investments, and proper “tune ups” easily extend lifespans to 15-20 years (a good quality, adjustable saddle that fits the rider…

From Pasture to Performance: Interview With The Modern Equestrian, Isabelle Bright

The Modern Equestrian—Cool, Confident, & Coordinated Isabelle Bright is impeccably dressed and all smiles riding chance in the Maxtra Half Pad.©Vanessa Hughes at Lady Photographic One of Isabelle’s infamous “A View from the Top” shots. If you’re on Instagram, chances are you’re familiar with The Modern Equestrian. Isabelle Bright, the rider behind the account, was inspired to create her brand after…

The Sense of Touch

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Most people are aware of the five senses they need to determine their environment—sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste. Horses are equipped with these same five senses, but horses use mainly their lips and whiskers to explore and identify things. A horse’s brain contains cells that receive information from these whiskers. Each time the horses’ whiskers touch something, the nerves…

“Bad Horse!” How about “Bad Rider!” or “Bad Saddle!”?

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Sometimes horses will develop resistant or evasive behaviors because the handler does not know how to get what he/she is asking for, but this does not make a bad horse—it is simply a horse behaving badly! (Although granted—just like there are simply mean people on this earth, there is the occasionally encountered simply mean horse.) Some of the “strategic behavior”…

Want to Learn Horse Yoga?

Yoga offers many amazing benefits for athletes, both human and equine! Angela Nunez is a registered yoga teacher and the founder of Solaris Stable & Yoga Studio in Hume, VA. A lifelong equestrian, she developed Horse Yoga as a way to unite horses and humans in one practice. Horse Yoga increases the trust between horse and human and benefits the…

Saddle Fit, Muscle Atrophy, and Definition

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    An incorrectly fitted bullet plate puts constant pressure on the side of the withers, resulting in the formation of this stress line due to the ‘defensive’ contraction of the trapezius muscle. Muscle atrophy can occur when an unbalanced saddle puts too much pressure on a particular muscle, and the horse tries to remove or avoid this pressure. He…