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THE SADDLER'S TECHNIQUE

SADDLE FITTING COURSES FOR PROFESSIONALS & HORSE OWNERS, BROUGHT TO YOU BY MARIA SCORE OF THE WESTERN SADDLER

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THE WESTERN SADDLERS' FITTING COURSE

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This is the course for you if you wish to train to work as a consultant saddle fitter with The Western Saddler Ltd.

 

Equines are not designed to be ridden and The Western Saddle Fitting Course is an in-depth and highly detailed course, designed to teach inquisitive, questioning and caring horse lovers everything they will need to know about treed and treeless Western saddle fitting; to help equines to be as comfortable as possible under saddle.

 

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to work alongside The Western Saddler, as part of a highly respected group of self-employed Western saddle fitters. 

Course Outline (this may be subject to change):

Level 1 - The Western Saddle with Maria Score The Western Saddler:
·       Introduction and course overview. What you will learn. How you will be assessed.
·       English and Western Saddles.
·       Western saddles: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
·       Western Saddles: Structure, function and care.
·       Western saddles: style and makes.
·       Western saddles: tree types, angles, measurements and hands-on assessment.
·       Saddle pads: purpose, development, types, styles and fitting.
·       Cinches/girths: design, materials and fitting accessories.
Discussion. 

Level 2 - Horse and Handler Psychology with Ben Hart Equine Behaviourist:
·       How understanding the true nature of the horse allows you to make rational judgements on their character.
·       How the process of domestication allows you to stay safe and understand the behaviour you’re seeing.
·       Spotting the early signs of fear and anxiety in order to stay safe and be an ethical saddle fitter.
·       Understanding how equines learn in order to effectively introduce new tack and equipment.
·       Understanding different training techniques so that you can predict the equines behaviour.
·       Donkeys, mules and horses and their differences.
Discussion.

Level 3 - Horse Anatomy and Physiology with Amanda Hemingway Chartered Physiotherapist:
·       The skeletal system: anatomy, maturation. Range of motion of the axial skeleton.
·       The appendicular skeleton and gait analysis.
·       The muscular system: understanding the horse’s back.
·       Principles of backing, training and physical fittening in relation to saddle fitting.
·       Observation, palpation and taking a case history.
·       Implications for the saddle fitter.
·       Demonstration of a full evaluation of the equine.
·       Hands on practice.
Discussion.

Level 4 - The Consultation with Maria Score The Western Saddler:
·       Working safely with horses
·       Rider size, measurement, issues, skill, weight.
·       Assessing existing tack, type of work and training programme.
·       Evaluating saddle fit without the rider.
·       Evaluating saddle fit with the rider
·       Demonstration and practice: Taking a template and measuring for saddle fit, padding, shimming and

        girthing.
·       Pre-consultation information gathering.
·       The first visit information gathering.
·       Accounts and record keeping.
·       Revision and review.
Discussion. 

Level 5 - Final Assessment: with Maria Score The Western Saddler
Maria will observe you offering a complete saddle fitting service to a case study of your choice, at an agreed location.  You will be assessed on your knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:

 

Part 1:
·       Information gathering
·       Safeguarding the environment: ensuring personal, handler and horse safety and comfort.
·       Establishing a professional, friendly and appropriate relationship with the client.
·       Offering client clear, concise and relevant advice, strictly within your professional boundary as a qualified

        saddle fitter and knowing when to refer on to other agencies.
·       Correct measuring for saddle fit.

 

Part 2:
·       Ensuring correct saddle fit without the rider.
·       Ensuring correct saddle fit with the rider.
·       Record keeping.
·       Client feedback and satisfaction survey.
·       Course feedback.

Timing: This is a nine-month course, offered over six weekends, to give you time for wider reading and to prepare your case studies.

The course dates are as follows:

Level 1:          27/28th April 2024
Level 2:          22/23rd June 2024
Level 3:          14/15th September 2024
Level 4:          26/27th October 2024
Level 5:          23/24th November 2024 & individual case studies on location.

Venue: The venue for levels 1-4 is Fern Animal Sanctuary, Wambrook, Chard. TA20 3DH. Home | Ferne Animal Sanctuary - a registered charity, which I am delighted to support. Ferne Animal Sanctuary is in a beautiful location and has excellent facilities, including free parking, a well-resourced classroom, café and the centre is also kindly offering us a variety of equines to work with.  We may also use horses from our own herd: a quarter horse, an Icelandic (gaited) and a mule. This will ensure that we have a diversity of shape, size and temperament to work with, in which to identify and meet a wide range of saddle fitting need. 

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THE EQUINE PROFESSIONAL'S COURSE

THE EQUINE PROFESSIONAL'S COURSE

SADDLE FIT FOR BODYWORK PROFESSIONALS & SADDLE FITTERS…

Western & Treeless Saddle Fitting Course for Equine Bodywork Professionals aims to teach Equine Bodywork Professionals, English saddle fitters, and trainers, a comprehensive overview of how to recognise poor saddle fit, what to do, and also about cinches and padding. This course is designed to give the Equine Professional knowledge to educate their clients, and to help ascertain whether back issues are being caused by saddle, pad, or something else.

At the end of this course you should be able to identify a well-fitting and poorly fitting western saddle and know which pads and cinches help the horse stay more comfortable, and those that don’t and why. The modules are:

  • Introduction

  • Horse psychology incl. pain and behaviour

  • Western saddles and fit

  • Western saddle pads

  • Western cinches/girths

  • Evaluating the Saddle - No Rider

  • Evaluating the Saddle - With Rider

This course will be run over 1 weekend. The course will be run either in the New Forest, Hampshire or in Somerset, UK.

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SADDLE FITTING FOR EQUINE OWNERS

WESTERN

The Western Saddle Fitting Course for equine owners aims to teach equine owners a comprehensive overview of how to recognise poor saddle fit, what to do, and also about cinches and padding. This course is designed to empower the equine owner with knowledge, saving them money in the long term, and most importantly, helping horses be more comfortable.

At the end of this course you should be able to identify a well-fitting and poorly fitting western saddle and know which pads and cinches help the horse stay more comfortable, and those that don’t and why. The modules cover the following:

  • Introduction

  • Basic anatomy, physiology and biomechanics

  • Horse psychology incl pain and behaviour

  • Western saddles and fit

  • Western saddle pads

  • Western cinches/girths

  • Evaluating the Saddle - No Rider

  • Evaluating the Saddle - With Rider

 

This course will be run over one weekend. The course will be run either in the New Forest, Hampshire or in Somerset, UK.

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TREELESS

The Treeless Saddle Fitting Course for equine owners aims to teach equine owners a comprehensive overview of how to recognise poor treeless saddle fit, what to do, and also about girthing and padding. This course is designed to empower the equine owner with knowledge, saving them money in the long term, and most importantly, helping equines be more comfortable.

At the end of this course you should be able to identify a well-fitting and poorly fitting treeless saddle and know which pads and girths help the equine stay more comfortable, and those that don’t and why. The modules cover the following:

  • Introduction

  • Basic anatomy, physiology and biomechanics

  • Horse psychology incl pain and behaviour

  • Treeless saddles and fit

  • Treeless saddle pads

  • Treeless cinches/girths

  • Evaluating the Saddle - No Rider

  • Evaluating the Saddle - With Rider

 

This course will be run over one weekend. The course will be run either in the New Forest, Hampshire or in Somerset, UK.

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