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EQ700SA Saddle Fitting for the Equine Healthcare Professional

Course Instructor
Dr. Kerry Ridgway, DVM.


As an equine health care professional,you can’t be at the mercy of the latest fad or analytical reports on saddle fit. You need to be able to look at the horse and assess whether or not the horse/rider combination is on the right track with their current gear. You need to be able to back up your findings to the owner or trainer for the welfare of the horse. Often you will be in the situation where a horse is recovering from an injury or has had time off. The horse may need you to offer a temporary solution using corrective pads or shims while the normal posture returns.
Our instructor for this course, Dr. Kerry Ridgway, DVM, a household name worldwide, is also certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. He presents this 4 day clinic with slides, examples of trees, pads, saddles, measuring devices, templates, demonstrations, and a variety of horses with saddle fitting issues.

Because most of us cannot run out and buy a new saddle if it no longer fits, Dr. Ridgway addresses this common problem by offering ideal, existing, and temporary solutions and when these solutions are applicable.

Course Outline :
• Indirect problems caused by poor saddle fit (behavioral, performance, and referred pathology issues)
• Direct problems caused by poor saddle fit (trauma to muscles and skin)
• Anatomical and physiologic signs of poor saddle fit
• Proper placement of saddles
• Saddle fit pertaining to the static posture (standing still)
• Saddle fit pertaining to the dynamic posture (movement)
• Correlation between the static and dynamic fit
• Existing and ideal solutions for saddle fit
• Actual science of saddle pressure and fit
• Evaluating the horse’s back
• Proper palpation of the back
• Proper reflex tests
• Evaluating the saddle off the back then the correlation of it on the back
• Evaluating the saddle with the rider up
• Fitting and measuring the saddle using the current various methods
• Pros and cons of various measuring devices
• Instruction on making templates you can use
• Saddle pad materials and functions

Prerequisite: Knowledge of veterinary vocabulary and some anatomy suggested but not required. This class is suitable for those just beginning their studies. However, horse handling skills and a thorough understanding of equine safety is always a must!
Equinology offers a precourse equine anatomy study guide which is available as an online course. You can find those details by going to:

Required Reading : None

Suggested Reading and Viewing:
Saddle Fitting A to Z : DVD by Dr. Kerry Ridgway
The Horse\'s Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book by Joyce Harman, DVM
The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion by Pilliner, Elmhurst and Davies
Recognizing the Horse in Pain by Dr. Joanna Robson

This course is required for the Equinology® Equine Body Worker Level III certification.
To test for the EBWIII certification you must have passed the EEBWII certification first although courses can be taken in any order.

This course is a component of the Equinology® Extension Certification Modules and is required for the Equinology® Saddle Fitter Certification ESF. The EQ710: Advanced Saddle Fitting Course is also required in addition to the Equinology® Equine Body Worker certification to attain this ESF certification. However, students are invited to take this course at any time as long as they meet the prerequisites.
For the certification outline, please click here: