Saddles are a major problem for all horses. Here's why:
A saddle just can't fit a horse correctly.
Dr. Michael R. Freeman , Chiropractic Physician, Applied Kinesiologist
If you look closely at a horse's back, you can usually see signs of atrophy in the back and hip muscles (Muscle shrinkage, so you add feed!). These muscles must be allowed to build and develop under the saddle. Every time I examined a horse the trouble almost always involved the withers and the surrounding areas. When a human athlete has pelvic girdle and leg muscle problems, it stems from the neuro lymphatic reflex centers, and acupuncture meridian connectors. These centers are located on our upper back along the spine; on the horse, these sensitive spots turned out to be exactly where the saddle bars rest. Constant pressure on these points will cause certain muscle groups to become less effective, especially the pelvic girdle (rear end), forcing a horse to pull with the forehand, favoring leads and diagonals, among other things.
Decreased circulation is only one problem that
can be caused by using the wrong saddle pad. Take a look at your horse. If you
can, sit on him bareback and look down at his upper shoulders (just below the
hollow of the withers), you will see that one shoulder is more developed or
larger than the opposite one. Place your hands on his shoulder blades, (left
hand on left blade, right hand on right blade), and then have someone lead you
off at a normal walk. You will feel one shoulder dropping lower as your horse
moves. Now get off and have someone lead your horse away from you.
"GUARANTEED EFFECTIVE FOR LIFE."
If your horse has performance problems you or your Veterinarian can't explain, the correct saddle pad is just the solution you've been looking for. Conditions such as early fatigue, unexplained body soreness, crankiness, tail wringing, refusals, uneven leads and/or diagonals, a weak behind, (Hock and Leg problems) loss of lateral flexibility and more, can all be caused by the same sort of muscle fatigue and strain that causes problems in the human, and horse body.
Think about how your own muscles react. Putting constant pressure on a muscle for a long time (crossing your legs, resting your arm out the window while you're driving, sitting too long) will interfere with the normal blood flow. This loss of flow causes temporary anemia, called ischemia, in the muscle. After awhile, your arm tingles, aches or just feels "dead". When you try to move the muscle, to "wake it up", you will find you can't use it until the circulation returns to normal. It's the same with horses and saddle pressure. When a saddle pad packs down, or bunches up so that it no longer provides a cushion, the saddle bars create a similar condition in a horse's back muscles. If a horse happens to have one shoulder or hip that is lower or less developed (atrophied), this inequity magnifies the problem. In addition, asymmetrical (uneven) conformation causes the common saddle pad to pack down and become ineffective much, much faster.
This problem is not only common, but also complex. It is imperative to deflect the impact on a horse's muscles and reflex centers. That's why I designed the SaddleRight pad. The material constantly distributes the rider's weight away from the saddle bars, effectively relieving the steady pressure the horse would otherwise suffer. The pad's high rebound properties allow it to always resume its original shape.
SaddleRight guarantees this result for life!