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It has been said that all a cowboy needs in life is a horse and his saddle. Even more important, perhaps, is that his saddle fits his horse well. In this video, Dr. Joyce Harman, veterinarian and renowned saddle-fitting expert, advises that good saddle fit is not determined by style, brand, or price, but by construction, condition, and proper fit. She also explains how a horse will indeed cut more efficiently, lope more consistently, travel farther, and remain sound longer when his saddle accommodates his conformation and allows his back to function correctly. The video covers:
Why saddle fit matters to both horse and rider
Western saddle evaluation, off and on the horse
Ensuring the saddle fits the rider
The proper use of saddle pads
Accommodating conformational challenges
"Veterinarian Joyce Harmon, an expert in saddle fitting, brings her expertise to the small screen with this Western Saddles video. It really helps to see the fitting process on video. It's easier to see it in action, rather than read an explanation or see tiny pictures in a book. The information presented here is great."—Horsemen's Yankee PedlarAlso available as a DVD
About the Author
Dr. Joyce Harman graduated from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 and became a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1985. She has been certified in veterinary acupuncture for fourteen years and veterinary chiropractic for a decade. She has since completed advanced training in homeopathy and herbal medicine and is currently working on a master’s degree in Chinese medicine. Dr. Harman has given many lectures on saddle fitting at equine expositions in the US, England, and Germany. She is the author of the acclaimed book, The Horse’s Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book, as well as the two instructional DVDs, Western Saddles and English Saddles. Since 1990, she has owned and operated Harmany Equine Clinic, a holistic veterinary practice in Washington, Virginia.
Author Joyce Harman
Illustrations: Streaming Video Play Time: 45 minutes