A major part of what I do when performing a saddle fitting is taking into consideration the state of the horse’s back. Is there tension and pain? If so where? How is the saddle helping or hindering the horse’s overall back health, and what can be done to alleviate any back pain or stiffness so that he can perform at his best?
Because of this, I work closely with equine vets, chiropractors, massage therapists, and body workers to provide a holistic approach to saddle fit. Oftentimes, I recommend that your horse get some form of body work to keep his back and body supple and comfortable, as the rigors of work can cause soreness no matter how well your saddle fits.
I also try to provide some advice with regard to exercises that you can do to help maintain your horse’s back health, exercises that my horse’s massage therapist and chiropractor recommend, but ultimately I provide references to professionals that can help (see my links page). I’ve seen how beneficial body work can be in my own horse, who regularly receives chiropractic adjustments, massage, and acupuncture (yes, she receives better health care than I do) in relation to her back and overall soundness.
I’m excited then, to see that Megan Ayrault, a wonderful equine and canine massage therapist and author of two wonderful books has come up with an online program focusing on equine back pain. This 16-week program involves video teaching techniques, anatomy lessons, and an interview with a professional on their speciality.
It is a great honor for me to have been chosen as the professional saddle fitter interviewed for this program. I know first hand how beneficial Megan’s work is, and I know that this program is going to help many horse owners better understand their horse’s needs and provide them with support in between body work visits. To listen to this interview, click on the link below:
To learn more about Megan’s online multimedia class on Equine Back Pain, click here.
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