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RE: [RC] Checking saddle fit. - David LeBlanc

Truman Prevatt said:

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.

What I'd ideally like to see would be a pressure sensor system - GPS
combination that can record onto say a USB memory stick. You could then
bring it back and be able to correlate speed, grade and saddle pressure
points. It won't do you a lot of good to know that somewhere in the last 25
miles we had a spike - maybe the horse spooked, and the saddle undergoes
some interesting dynamic reactions when that happens. I also bet that
mounting and dismounting cause some unusual spikes.

The big problem is that writing the software to make any sense of the data
is non-trivial to say the least.



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