Confused by Billets?

Saddle fitting can seem like rocket science to some with all of the pieces and parts of information thrown at you. Most people understand the basics, such as how adjusting the flocking can alter the fit of a saddle on … Continued

Low Heel / High Heel Syndrome by Dr. Kerry Ridgway

written by Dr. Kerry Ridgway, (copied from a published article on the Internet with permission) . I so often see asymmetry in saddle fitting and Dr. Ridgway helps explain one of the issues that causes this and what effects it … Continued

What’s All The Hoop-lah About?

You’ve been told your horse might need a hoop tree? Hmmm…I’ll give a shot at explaining what a hoop/freedom tree is versus the standard tree and what type of horses need them. A hoop tree as shown right side below, … Continued

Dance and Athleticism for the Horse

While riding my own horse lately, one of my focuses has been on making her dance.  I want her feet moving with energy and her body to move with grace.   She often prefers to move a bit more slowly and … Continued

North American Saddlery School Update

November was a crazy month. I spent another week at the North American Saddlery School, stopped by the Equine Affaire and had several saddle fits and flockings to do! I really enjoy my week mingling with other fitters, saddlers and … Continued

Reformatting Habitual Riding

After having taken only  jump lessons  for months, I decided it was high time to get back on the dressage wagon. Consequently,  I have been taking dressage lessons for the last few weeks. As many of you know, we can become … Continued

The Warm Up

When we school our horses, we begin the process with a warm up.  Every horse is different on what its warm up needs may be, but the end result should be the same, a horse that’s prepared for harder work … Continued

Balance and Saddle Fit

One definition of balance by Wikipedia is, “In biomechanics, balance is an ability to maintain the line of gravity (vertical line from centre of mass) of a body within the base of support with minimal postural sway.”   Brady, my … Continued

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

  Practice makes perfect; or is it PERFECT practice makes perfect There are riders who progress, (seemingly easily), and others that don’t as easily.  I have taught quite a few lessons to quite a few students over the years and … Continued