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post #11 of 12 Old 03-01-2013, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Oxer View Post
Has anyone ever had a saddle fitter come out that WASN'T affiliated with a saddle company? Has anyone had problems with saddle fit, 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!
The saddle fitter I used was independent- she doesn't sell any saddles or saddle pads, which I like because I know she doesn't have anything to gain by recommending the most expensive option to me. She's also a DVM and specializes in acupuncture, so I know she has a thorough understanding of the horse's anatomy and what poorly fitted saddles do to the horse. She has a bunch of demo saddles from a variety of brands, and I really liked being able to try out the different brands- some of them definitely didn't work well for me.

Originally Posted by Oxer View Post
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. At $100 a session, it's not terribly expensive, but i would love to know if you folks out there have had much success with it. 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.
I have done chiro for my horse and been happy with the results, but I don't get it done unless I'm noticing a problem. I recently had my horse done when his girthiness got worse (he's always at least a little girthy...) and he was having trouble picking up his right lead in the canter. I wouldn't plan on doing chiropractic regularly unless I knew my horse had some reason why he would need it (like poor conformation or an old injury)
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post #12 of 12 Old 03-01-2013, 09:07 PM
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My horse is back sore right now so we will be having the chiro look at her soon. One comes the barn every few months or when needed.

All of the people who use her at the barn swear by her practices. I've watched her work on a few horses and liked what I saw. After each "pop" the horse would sigh and relax. LOL. She is also very honest. When she sees a horse in good shape she'll say, "I don't need to see him again."

So I'm really looking forward to Sunny's adjustment. Hopefully it will make her feel better.

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