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Re: [RC] Checking saddle fit. - Truman Prevatt

The impression pad is a good tool but it is not the ultimate sensor. It can be used to analyze saddle fit but it is not the final word on saddle fit. The impressin material is slowly moving which means it can't detect short durantion high pressure points.

It's a great tool in the war on finding the best saddle for a horse, but it is only one tool and it has it's limitations particularly when it comes to the dynamics of saddle fit and in endurance how the saddle fits in the dynamic environment of the ride is what is important.

Regards,
Truman

Ridecamp Guest wrote:

Please Reply to: Lynda Townsend townsend.buggies.sleighs@xxxxxxx or 
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I have been working with the Port Lewis Impression
Pad for the past 5 years, and I believe that it is
the best piece of equipment that we have today for checking saddle fit. And the best thing about it is,
you can do it yourself. You don't have to hire anyone,
truck your horse anywhere, just saddle up and ride.
Put the Impression Pad under your saddle, and go and
ride for 20 to 30 minutes, up hills, down hills, sand,
whatever terrain that you can find, and you will learn
more about saddle fit, and how your saddle is fitting,
then you ever wanted to know.
If your saddle is fitting well, you will get a nice even impression, all over the pad. If your saddle is not fitting,
you will have thin to bare spots on the pad. This is pressure.
Most common, shoulders, twist, and bridging.
It will even tell you if you are riding heavier on one side then the other, often stirrups are 1/4 to 1/2 inch different in length, and this shows on the pad.
This is a tool that anyone can use, and you should be checking your saddles about once a month, because we are riding true athletes, and their bodies are continuously changing as they gain or loose condition.
The other advantage is that, you are in the saddle, your saddle is carrying weight, and your horse is in motion. Pinching, pressure, uneven, everything shows. You can see it with your own eyes.
The Impression Pad is what I call Saddle Fitting Made Easy.
If I can be of any help, or you need more information, please feel free to email me, I am saddle fit obsessed, and no, I do
not own the company, I just love the impression pad.



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