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Head injuries are the most common reason for admission to hospital or death among riders. Sobering statistics reveal the high percentage of equine-related accidents resulting in traumatic brain injury, and helmets have been associated with reducing the risk of traumatic brain injury by as much as 50 percent. Yet many riders still do not wear a helmet.

What are the Differences?

By Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE

Summerside Tack & Equestrian Wear, Rambo Micklem Bridle, equestrian tack shop

At Summerside Tack & Equestrian Wear in Comox, BC, their passion is providing customers with quality tack and products designed for the horse first. They are riders, horse owners, and tack nerds themselves, so they understand the needs of horses and riders, and have the expertise to answer questions and help their patrons find the right products.

therapeutic tools horse riders, Tania Millen, Hawley Bennett-Awad, Revitavet, Ceramic horse blankets, Wendy MacCoubrey, horse therapy

Therapeutic tools have been used to prevent and treat horse injuries for many years, but cutting edge therapies continue to be sought out by riders to improve their horse’s health and performance. Twenty years ago, the technology of the day for icing the legs of Olympic and World Championship level event horses was giant rubber boots filled with ice water attached to noisy pumps that burbled bubbles up through the boots

RevitaVet Therapeutic Systems, RevitaVet Light Therapy Systems, RevitaVet IR2, canadian eventer Hawley Bennett-Awad, canadian eventing

RevitaVet Light Therapy Systems provides leading technology in non-invasive care for equine preventive maintenance and rehabilitation. Their website explains that in over 40 years of independent research, light therapy has been shown to deliver powerful therapeutic benefits to living tissues and organisms. The therapy has been used on horses for more than 20 years.

horse saddle fit, heavy horse rider, horse saddlefit4life, schleese, sabine schleese, jochen schleese, horse saddles for women, heavier horse rider, overweight horse rider, horse rider fitness

All riders and horses will benefit from a correctly fitted saddle. However, heavier riders (I am referring here to women weighing 180-plus pounds and men weighing 250-plus pounds) often face a different set of challenges in finding a saddle that fits themselves as well as their horses.

saddle fit colt, saddle fit filly, saddle fit young horse, Jochen Schleese, horse lameness, horse back pain, equine back pain, equine injuries, equine lameness, horse saddle fit, saddlefit 4 life

‘Tis the season for buying young horses. Along with bringing the new prospect home come questions of when to start the youngster, and whether it makes sense to invest in a custom saddle. First, I will clarify the term “custom saddle.” I believe that true adjustability in a saddle is more important than whether it is “custom.” An adjustable saddle can be changed to accommodate the horse’s conformation as the horse matures, and that saddle is a worthwhile investment. Otherwise, you will likely have to buy several saddles over the course of your horse’s lifetime to make sure the fit remains optimal.

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