REMEDIAL FITTING AND REHABILITATION
As specialists in remedial saddle fitting and equine rehabilitation South Coast Saddlery can help you and your horse get back to where you need to be... in the saddle.
South Coast Saddlery work closely with your physiotherapist, vet and body worker 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 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". Lisa Fay QSF MSFC EE
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:
Dip in front of withers
Dip behind shoulder