Synopses & Reviews
A comprehensive study of the impact of saddle fit on horse and rider health and performance.
"Some books are classics that should be on every rider's book shelf. This book is one of them. Dr. Harman is thorough, explaining problems and fixes for both the rider's comfort and for the horse's. She discusses human and equine conformation differences and their requirements in a saddle. The book includes outstanding illustrations by Susan Harris, clear photos, charts, and sidebars." —Horse Journal (September 2012)
When a horse suddenly develops a performance problem or bad attitude, and neither seem to be remedied by training techniques or medical care, the owner often faces months--"even years--"of frustration and career limitation. Dr. Joyce Harman, veterinarian and respected saddle-fitting expert, claims that 75 percent of horses with such problems are simply reacting to pain caused by ill-fitting saddles. And, as she explains in this thorough, highly illustrated book, poor saddle fit can be corrected with patience and know-how. Here, she teaches the reader: how to determine if a saddle is sound and properly accommodates both horse and rider; how to individualize saddle fit or find a new saddle appropriate in size and style; and how to treat pre-existing back pain and prevent its future occurrence. Dr. Harman owns and operates Harman Equine Clinic, a holistic, primarily equine veterinary practice in Washington, Virginia.
About the Author
Dr. Joyce Harman, DVM, MRCVS, owns and operates Harmany Equine Clinic, a holistic, primarily equine veterinary practice in Washington, Virginia.