If horses could talk ...
If horses could talk, they’d probably have a lot to say about saddle fit. Did you know many (many) behavior problems are really a result of poor saddle fit? Head tossing, reluctance to take a lead, stiffness, resistance, and bucking can all be symptoms of a painful saddle issue. Think about it: How willing would you be to do your job if you had to put up with constant pinching or painful pressure over already sore muscles.
When a horse has a area of pressure on their back the only way they can relieve the pressure is to hollow out their back which in turn causes their head/neck to elevate. These pressure points may also cause muscle spasms which may eventually cause the rib heads to be disarticulated with the spinal process.This may also cause other problems ... they will not be able to hold their frame which can cause abnormal stress to their joints especially their stiffle, knees and may even cause navicuar problems. Not to mention the hollow spaces that may develop from the atropy of the muscle on the horses back. Which will cause white hair due to loss of blood flow to the skin, if damage continues the horse may actually develop deep permanent muscle damage.
Behavior symptoms that may
• Head tossing;
• White spots behind withers;
Remember, your goal should be for you horse to be as comfortable at the end of the ride as it was at the start. CSI understands this and hopes each of our pads will make a difference in a horse's ability to be comfortable and perform.
A comfortable ride begins with understanding...
A truly comfortable ride means that both the horse and rider can enjoy the experience. A number of factors can affect the way human and equine bodies handle the stress of coming together — saddle fit, health, fitness, performance level, activity and body type all impact comfort both during and after the ride.
If you’ve ever experienced a sore horse during or after a ride, you know how pain can affect performance and attitude. If you’ve experienced a ride-weary aching body of your own, you know how it feels to be torn between pain and your passion for riding.
The CSI pad was created by riders. It is made from the latest innovation in materials and provides an active cushion between horse and human, freeing both to enjoy the ride for all it’s worth.
Features of the CSI Saddlepad
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Further Information ...
In the past, we have created a series of YouTube videos that explain how to judge the fit of your western saddle and how using a CSI Saddlepads can effect your saddle's fit. To watch them, please follow the links below. (Note: You will need to allow pop-up windows in your browser as the videos will open in a new window.)
The CSI Flex-Plate (explains Flex-Plate in depth, with Rhonda Martin, Now playing above.)
We are currently refilming all of our videos to feature our new All Natural 100% Wool Felt inserts. For now, we are leaving these informative videos available, but please understand the foam inserts featured in the videos are no longer available.