I really loved my trip over the mountains to help out a fine group of young riders. Everyone was so engaged in learning how to fit the horses. I enjoyed helping teach each and everyone. We worked on what is a top line and how to build a better one. We also worked on palpating the back after riding to check for a proper fit. Most important we learned all about the pommel and how it should and should not fit the wither and shoulder area. We addressed the right pad and the wrong one.
We also discussed information on treeless saddles and the benefits of riding treeless for both the horse and rider. We did a nice demo on a lovely broad shouldered Rocky Mountain horse who needed a wider pommel insert that I didn’t have. Oops. While girthing up we talked about a shorter girth is better than a longer one. Less is more.
I’d really like to thank the Suzanne Warsinsky of Appalachian Hoof Care www.talk2thehoof.com and the High Riders for inviting me over. I hope to go back and see how it’s going next year.
I am learning about cutting-edge technologies for saddle fitting and I look forward to sharing this with you in the future. If you live nearby and would enjoy gathering a few friends to learn about these matters, similar to what I offered to the 4H Club, give me a call. 540.830.2713.