REMEDIAL SADDLE FITTING AND REHABILITATION
As a specialist in remedial saddle fitting Lisa Fay can help you and your horse get back to where you need to be... in the saddle.
As one of the most highly qualified saddle fitters in the world, Lisa has the skills and knowledge necessary to ensure you and your horse have the best possible chance of success.
Every horse needs a correctly fitted saddle but rehab cases need particular attention. Fitting saddles to horses who are going through rehabilitation or 'remedial saddle fitting' requires significant skill and experience to ensure the horse can develop properly and have the best chance possible of enjoying his ridden career.
WHAT IS REMEDIAL SADDLE FITTING?
The Definition of Remedial Saddle Fitting
"Fitting a saddle to a horse which not only takes into account his current shape but also allows for future development while allowing and encouraging un-used or under-used muscles to re-activate and re-engage".
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY HORSE NEEDS A REMEDIAL FIT?
It is recommended that your horse is seen by an experienced remedial saddle fitter after any illness, injury, lameness, back problem or significant time-off (more than 6 months). It is also vital that your horse is seen by a remedial saddle fitter after any physical or psychological damage caused by a previous ill fitting saddle or after diagnosis and treatment of kissing spines.
Damage caused by previous saddles may not be picked up by other professionals but there are some telltale signs you as an owner can look for. The most common are:
If your horse has any of the above symptoms please contact an experienced remedial saddle fitter.
HOW MUCH DOES A REMEDIAL FITTING COST?
Each remedial fitting appointment takes approximately 3 hours and includes:
Ridden assessment including some instruction
Current Saddle Evaluation for horse and rider
Identification of issues and possible solution
Tree adjustments and flocking adjustments
Follow up/remedial plan
Lisa will also liaise with your vet and body worker prior to your appointment to obtain full history and relevant information.
Lisa will fully evaluate you and you horse to identify any areas where improvements could be made. If possible Lisa will adjust/alter your current saddle to improve the situation or may prescribe saddle pads, shims or girths to improve the fit. Sometimes saddles will need to be replaced and Lisa will check the fit of any other saddle you are able to source (on the day) or make recommendations of saddles to try. Lisa will also bring a selection of remedial saddles which you may be required to ride in to help with the diagnostic process.
The cost of a remedial fitting appointment with Lisa is £160 plus mileage of 40p per mile.