Well I had the chiro out tonight. We ended up talking for almost another hour just on saddle fitting (she does saddle fitting as well).
Ill go more in detail about what the chiro and I talked about tomorow as Im off to bed here (I learned a lot).
First off, I think with my trainer saying how shes not going to ride her for the winter is a blessing in disguise because if she didnt suggest this to me this past weekend, I would probably be telling her not to. Why? Read on.
Second, I know before I said that I wasnt going to get a saddle fitter when I get a saddle for my mare. But when I think of it now, Im going to go this route. Why? Read on (and itll most likely be the lady I saw tonight).
So I brought my mare in. She was pretty good with the chiro (bit testy feely at first like she was with the massager the very first time) but the chiro said she was cooperative.
I wont go on and on in too much detail so here is the rundown.
1) She was out on her poll - right side was higher than the left. Chiro adjusted it successfully.
2) Withers felt locked on both withers but more on the left. Chiro adjusted it successfully. My mare pinned her ears back when she was doing this. DING DING DING! This is exactly where my mare pinned her ears to me last Sunday! I knew it, her withers were tight! Chiro said they felt really locked up! But after adjusted them successfully, she said she should feel night and day better.
3) Top line (both left and right but more so to the left) was tight from the wither to the loin. Chiro massaged this for a bit, but this is where my massage therapist will really come into play again. Chiro (just like the massage therapist did as well) suggested I did the belly presses to get her top line up as it will get my mare to raise her gut.
4) Left loin was tight, not overly, just moderate (as the massager said as well).
She said she couldnt tell if the left loin was tight or just fatigued.
5) 2 ribs on her left were out. Both adjusted really well. Ribs being out, this happens from being ridden? Is this common? Remember, my ex's mare had a rib out as well and was night and day better when she had it adjusted.
6) She was a bit tight on the left neck when flexing laterally to the left. After the poll was adjusted, she flexed much better. Her neck was adjusted really well on both sides.
My mare is low on the front, (will need to find out more on what this means exactly), she said something about how when horses who are low on the front are ridden, they mostly put the weight of the rider on their front end, etc something like that? She says I need to get the top line up in training. She said its a great idea and perfect timing that shes not going to be ridden for the winter.
Now here is the kicker!!!!
Before she did all this, the very VERY first thing she got me to do was put the saddle on her (didnt even do it all up, no pad under either, just put it on her).
She said that the saddle my trainer has been used (which is the same saddle I use on the other mare Ive been riding) is not a good fit. "It looks like it fits really well when you throw it on". She ran her hands and fingers along underneath the sides starting at the gullet and towards the back and pointed out a couple spots that were really tight on my mare - on her wither and one point around the centre of her back. While just inbetween these two spots had a space gap and very little to no contact.
I told her that my trainer put it on and said it was a really good fit. Not a perfect fit but a good enough fit that shes not in any discomfort.
Well, lets just say that when the chiro tonight pointed out that the saddle isnt a good fit on my mare, I was really dissapointed because my trainer said it was a good fit. So two ends of the spectrum here. Now, dont get me wrong...Im not going to hold any grudges against my trainer, shes not a saddle fitter, even she said it the very first time we tried a saddle on my mare that shes not an expert on saddle fitting and the BO is much more knowledgable on it and the person to ask.
Let me ask you guys: If you were in my shoes, would you be in any way upset or dissapointed in my trainer because she made the wrong call on this saddle?
The reason, Im a bit upset (not nessecarily at her) is because, her withers being locked up and her having the sore spots (left loin, withers, topline being tight, neck to the left bit tight) is Id say 99.9% (pretty much almost certain) its from the saddle.
The good news (as both the chiro talked about this) is that thankfully my trainer only rode her 3 times a week in that saddle for the 6 weeks she rode her and not 5 days a week, cause she would be even more sore.
Also, the chiro said that she is confident she will heal up quickly and nothing to worry about. She feels its very likely from the saddle.
The reason I say its from the saddle is because these sore spots didnt show up until 3 weeks ago or so (just before I had my massager therapist out). It was my mare who was telling me when I would brush her she was sore. Thats how I knew.
So I kept her contact and told her that I would like for her to come with me to the stores when shopping for a saddle for her (which will be before spring). She said shes more than fine with this. Thoughts on me paying her to help me shop for a saddle? Like I was telling her tonight. I dont know saddles and I would rather pay someone who is much more knowledgable than me in coming along with me (of course this will all be a learning experience for me), and do it right than have to make trips back and fourth trying on saddle after saddle after saddle. Do it right and save me the time and trips here and there.
PS - I will go more in detail about what the chiro and I talked about tonight for saddle possibilities. I was taking notes!
What are your thoughts?
Im trying my best not to hold this saddle "not fitting" against my trainer. Is it her fault? Im not sure. Shouldn't trainers know basic saddle fitting? At least being able to determine a good fit from a bad fit? Perhaps. Would this be seen as a negative experience, perhaps even a red flag held up and remembered on my trainer? You tell me. Im not sure if I have confidence in my trainer saddle fitting my mare for when I find saddles to try on. Would you?
Whats your thoughts?
Last edited by Hoofpic; 12-02-2015 at 01:23 AM.