So we (by we, i mean our barn) had a DVM Chiropractor come out and work on some of the horses. This was Tuesday. So now we're creeping into Thursday and I haven't ridden yet, so i'm not sure how he's gonna' feel. Vet said no work until Thursday afternoon. Anyway... my gelding has some tightness on the left side of his neck, some "out of place-ness" right pelvis, and some general discomfort right where the saddle goes. Big surprise eh? Not really.
I have two saddles right now. Both are jumping saddles, one is a wide tree, and the other is a medium tree. No cheap junk saddles either. The saddles could have cost 10K apiece but a bad fit is a bad fit. Over time horses also grow out of a perfect fitting saddle if they are hard working horses; they build muscle and their body shape changes. That happened to my a friend of mine with her custom-made-for-her-current-horse-Steele Saddle. It was well over $3,000 and was a perfect fit for the first couple years. She lives in PA where the snow flies but she rides all winter long (Bless her she's 64:) and let me tell you, when the first Spring ride comes along, that horse is beyond ready to go 6 hours sloggin thru mountain mud. Anyway, last Fall she started seeing sores on her horse because that very expensive saddle no longer fits She sent the saddle back for either a retrofit or a new one. I don't know what the outcome is or if it's even been resolved yet
One is an Antares and the other is a Saint George custom. But who the heck has money laying around for new custom saddles?? I know i don't. So i'm thinking of hiring a saddle fitter that can come out and tell me how bad are the saddles, really? And what i might be able to do with gel, foam, or whatever kind of pad that might be on the market that would cost me less than a new saddle.
Has anyone ever had a saddle fitter come out that WASN'T affiliated with a saddle company? I'm sure they're out there but I don't know of any; there are some ethical fitters that will charge you for their time and say "here's what you need, I'd like you to buy from me but I understand if you don't."
Has anyone had problems with saddle fit,It's as common as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, sad to say. I have one Tennessee Walker that is so stout, he would need a custom saddle on a Draft tree, if I could still ride
and was able to resolve it without buying an entirely new saddle?? I'm at a loss here and i never want my guy in pain for some stupid reason like a saddle!
I'm also a little interested in people that have done the Chiro thing before. This is my first time. I was told that every 2 months would be appropriate. <sigh> I really really hate this sales pitch --- both in the human and equine chiro world. It is a crock of B.S. for the most part but there exceptions. The horse's propensity for putting things out of whack and what you do with your horse might mean he needs looked at every two months. Hunter/Jumper events might fall into that category. I have been using equine chiropractors/acupuncturists since I rescued my Arab in 1993. Along with starving half to death he also had an injured vertebra. He still needs to see a chiro on occasion but once we moved to these steep Tennessee hills, he is getting enough of a daily workout that it keeps him in condition. The chiro that hurt my Arab is also the chiro that wanted to put him on a "monthly maintenance program for just XXXX dollars annually". I could either pay up front or make payments to him Guess where that idea went? Out the driveway with that chiro and I found someone a lot more ethical to work on my horses.
At $100 a session, it's not terribly expensive,It is if you sign a contract to have that person come out every two months. Even if you can write it off, you can't write it off and get 100% of that money back.
but i would love to know if you folks out there have had much success with it. I swear by it for my horses and also have seen the miracles of acupuncture on all four of them. I could run out of typing space relaying the things that have happened to my horses and a chiro has fixed them. One had a tree branch the size of a tree fall on him; he was under it rubbing his neck and it was dead enough to break loose on top of him. His eye was sunk in his head and it was obvious to a five year old that horse was in big pain. The chiro fixed him in two treatments; you'd never know to look at that eye, anything had ever happened. I have the vet check the vision in that eye, every time he is here and so far, things still appear to be very normal. BUT to reiterate, while all chiros learn the same techniques, not all of them practice them the same, and not all of them are ethical. I hate your first experience had to be with someone that wants to "sign you up". Maybe it's legit for your horse's situation/work and maybe it isn't.
My guy is an athletic horse, does the jumper circuit, and is in full training year round. So I'm open to this new thing if it's going to be beneficial.