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This issue’s focus on equine back problems is an opportune time to examine the relationship between equine back disorders and saddle fit. The issue of “kissing spines,” or overriding dorsal spinous processes, is of concern to many riders.

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The beautifully crafted Advantage Bit Line by Tom Balding Bits & Spurs is designed with a heavier 3/8-inch satin finish stainless material in both 8 1/4-inch long shank and a 7-inch short shank. Advantage combinations are offered with standard mouthpieces without copper. This affordable line holds true to the quality and superior craftsmanship that has set Tom Balding Bits & Spurs above all others.

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For anyone born with the horse-crazy gene, the tack room is ground zero. This isn’t just a place to park the saddle. This is the room where riders lay out their plans, craft their goals, and visualize their dreams all amid the trappings that help make it happen.

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Proper care for your turnout sheets and blankets - Turnout sheets and blankets are essential when it comes to keeping your horse dry and comfortable in the pasture. They repel water, but are also breathable and allow your horse to handle temperature changes. As spring (mud season!) is rolling around the corner, make sure you are properly caring for your turnout blankets and sheets to ensure the best performance and the most longevity.

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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

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‘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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Shorter riders need specific changes in saddle design and fit to accommodate their body types. As obvious as it may seem, just shortening the flap will not create a better saddle fit for someone who is of smaller stature. When the knee roll or the leg support of the saddle hits the knee, it can turn the leg out from the horse, making it difficult to keep the lower and upper inner leg against the horse.

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