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.
'HOW TIGHT NOSEBANDS CAN WRECK PERFORMANCE'
This is the headline on the front cover of the current issue of Horse & Hound. Wow! The feature is by vet Dr Orla Doherty and discusses her study looking at noseband use in equestrian sports.
"The trend for ever-tighter nosebands has serious welfare implications... A noseband has the potential to cause pain, to damage sensitive tissues and to prevent normal behaviours." A huge well done to Dr Doherty and her team for getting this information out into the mainstream press.
The study concluded: "The tightest nosebands were found among eventing horses... Tight nosebands are a common feature of equestrian competition, with almost half of eventing and dressage competitors assessed in Ireland, England and Belgium tightening the noseband to zero fingers tightness level. Only seven per cent of nosebands assessed allowed two fingers to be placed beneath the noseband at the nasal planum, with the remainder of nosebands being fitted tighter than this."
Anyone who follows my page will have seen information on this study here previously, but how fantastic – noseband tightness and horse welfare in competition discussed in mainstream horse media. Let's hope the Equestrian Federations realise we are all watching. The various equestrian disciplines really need to clean up their act.
For anyone that hasn't looked at the paper in question, I would recommend reading it in full. The link is here: bit.ly/2lo9Snx