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xxBarry Godden 11-10-2009 05:49 AM

Computerised pressure pads
Apparently there is now available a computerised pressure pad system which will enable a saddler to correctly assess whether a saddle - with and without a rider - is correctly fitting the shape of a horse's back.

Has anyone knowledge of such equipment?

Whilst obviously invaluable for a saddle fitter perhaps the same principles could be adapted to help correct a rider's seat - ie pads could be placed on top of the saddle and also on the stirrup bars to verify the riders weight distribution at halt, walk and trot.

Any comments gratefully received

Barry G

roro 11-11-2009 05:39 PM

The closest thing I can think of is this: (start at minute 3:21) I would assume that this technology could be used mainly for identifying a saddle fit problem or a one time check, I don't think most people would be willing and able to check their saddle fit 3-4 times a year with that technology, even if that is ideal. It is a new system, it most likely still has some kinks that need to be worked out, there is still more knowledge and experience to be gained, it's pricey, and not a widespread system.

xxBarry Godden 11-12-2009 12:33 PM

That is exactly the type of information I was looking for.
Thank you.

I went today to see a demo of a system involving a high speed camera, a laptop and some software.
The system was being used to assess the back problems of a dutch warmblood. Very interesting.

One of the films used as an example showed the slowed down movement of a saddle in actual use - quite disturbing.

Another showed the presssure exerted on one foot/leg of a horse landing after clearing a one metre jump - it represented 2.5 (two and a half times) the body weight of the horse.

It seems the technology is there and some of it is being used by the top level riders but here in the Uk it has not yet trickled down to the riding club rider.

I shall forward your video to the man I met today at Warwick University College in the UK

Barry G

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