PRINCIPLES OF SHIMMING Part One

"Tapered foam shims in just the right shape, placed in just the right position in the pad become the keys to success. And these tweaks to perfection are surprisingly easy to employ with our system."

TRADITION vs INNOVATION. Where do you sit?

At Natural Horseman Saddles, our innovative thinking has seen us come up against many a traditionalist. And to be honest, we are ok with that. Horses keep telling us we're on the right track!

3 STEPS TO CORRECT SADDLE PLACEMENT – HORSE SADDLE SET UP

Saddle position on your horse's body effects performance and comfort (for both of you) significantly. Here are some simple tips to give you confidence you're setting up your equipment in the right place and offering the maximum positive results possible.

WHERE WE’VE APPEARED

READ Letitia's article on SADDLE FIT featured on NICKER NEWS

NEGOTIATING WITH HORSES

Riding horses never happens without Negotiation… We should be good at it! Negotiating is something we do each and every day! With our children, our spouses, our work mates - an endless list. To be a truly good negotiator, knowing what the ‘want’ is for both parties is an important skill to employ.

PERFORMANCE & SADDLE FIT

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Enabling your horse to move comfortably, effectively and successfully is your responsibility as a rider regardless of your goals. Whatever “winning” looks like to you, putting yourself and your horse in the best position to ‘achieve’ requires evaluating the equipment used to carry you. Whether striving for prizes or pleasurable dream rides, saddles contribute to or detract from the process.

SADDLE FIT SIGN LANGUAGE

Ever wondered if your horse is comfortable under saddle? You can be sure he or she is telling you the answer. Deciphering horse “body language” is worth the effort if you want your “dance partner” to feel safe and happy when carrying you.