A well-fitting saddle is one of key elements of a ridden horse welfare. When your saddle fits your horse and you movement and partnership is efficient, comfortable and more enjoyable for both of you - whatever you do together.
**STOLEN SADDLES** from Dorchester area, Dorset on the night of 2nd June 2016
Here is a list of the saddles that were taken, again, please share far and wide in the hope they may catch these scumbags. I do have photos of some which I will try and post up too:
17 Harry Dabbs Avant Jump,Brown, Serial no.: 60394
17 Harry Dabbs IB GP Serial no.: 60390
17.5 Kent & Masters Cob GP Serial no.: 33155
17 Kent & Masters Compact GP Serial no.: 33116
17 Kent & Masters Flat Back GP
16.5 Harry Dabbs Hunter GP, Brown Serial no.:60068
17.5 Harry Dabbs Classic GP, English Panel, Black
16.5 Jeffries Liberty GP Brown
17 Harry Dabbs Avant XL Deep Jump, Black Serial no.:60203
17.5 Silhouette GP Black
18 Barnsby Endurance, Brown Serial no.: F8184
17.5 Albion VSD Black
17.5 Frank Baines Reflex Dressage Black
17.5 Farrington GP Black
17.5 Ideal 1650 GP Black
The “Tightrope walker”
No, not a new breed related to its Tennessee relative....but a very interesting case!
This horse recently started to walk very weird, as the video shows.. When saddled, she is moving her both front legs in front of each other. She is also very tense when saddled, arches her back and refuses to go forward.
On the video you can see how she has already a bit close walk in front when just walked, but when she has her (jumping) saddle on she is clearly “drunk”. Looking at saddle fit we saw many issues, but when we put on a dressage saddle with much better fit she still did the same.
Originally it looked like a simple case of “ill-fitting-saddle disease” (a common pathology, unfortunately), but after she did the same with the second saddle we had to rethink our original diagnosis.
After a complete neurological exam, EMG and radiographs we found out she has some impingement of the root nerves (the nerve which originates from the spinal cord) by some enlarged facet joints in her neck. When she has a saddle on, all the sensory information of the saddle and girth is “overloading” her neurological system because the brain has adapted for aberrant signals from the impinged nerves and gives weird feedback to her front legs. The impinged nerves in her neck at the lower neck form the brachial plexus, the nerves to the front leg, and that makes her move so weird.
Therapy will be with dexamethasone to reduce inflammation around the nerves, and later specific rehab exercises to facilitate the mare to support her cervical spine better.
Lesson from today? When your horse is “acting weird” something physical may be the reason, and for me as a vet: always do a complete exam, otherwise we might have concluded the jumping saddle was the cause!