Check it Out!
[Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next]
[Date Index] [Thread Index] [Author Index] [Subject Index]

Proposal: study saddle fit scientifically

Okay ridecampers...I'm ready to go public with the rudiments of an idea that 
has been on my mind for quite some time.

It is clear that many riders (and every saddle manufacturer) have a strong 
opinion about which saddles work.   As I try to make sense of these opinions, 
it seems that only a few of these conclusions are data-based; most opinions 
are either emotional or the result of trial and error, and a lot of what 
saddle manufacturers sell has a mumbo-jumbo flavor.

I would be keenly interested in getting saddle manufacturers together to fund 
some sort of study, probably through a university, that would measure the 
impact of the widest possible variety of saddles on the horse.  My 
off-the-cuff thoughts would be to look at pressures under the saddle and 
weight distribution, shoulder and back freedom and the impact on length of 
stride; and the saddle's restrictiveness or lack and its impact on 
cardio-vascular performance.

If it would be possible to capture enough data to make the study 
statistically significant, it would be a great tool for consumers (that is, 
those who buy saddles) and would also enable we saddle manufacturers to use 
the data in our design and re-design activities.  Of course, there's a 
marketing angle to the whole thing as well, but that's another discussion.  
What if we could finally begin to understand, in absolute terms, how our tack 
choices impact the ability of the horse to offer peak performance?

Since I am a trainer (and now a saddle dealer) and not a scientist, I don't 
know if the scope of such a project is realistic.  Any comments, 
improvements, criticisms or offers of assistance are welcome.

Carmi Weininger
The ReactorPanel Saddle Co.

    Check it Out!    

Home    Events    Groups    Rider Directory    Market    RideCamp    Stuff

Back to TOC