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Article: Today's Horse Trader

Saddle Fit - GET PERFECT SADDLE FIT AND MORE

Last month we ran a NMSU study on saddle fit issues that revealed a huge percentage of western saddles caused pain for the horse. I know I would love to have access to the sensor technology that NMSU used in their study. Tactilus Equestrics® Sensor System offers exactly that technology. A great service that a vet, tack store, saddle maker, training barn or other equine professional could offer is a consultation using the Tactilus Equestrics® Sensor System. The sensor not only checks saddle fit, but how your riding position affects pressure points on your horses back, improves rider and horse performance and communication; assesses gait, asymmetry and biomechanical problems and identifies pressure points that can cause the horse and rider physical pain. The thin flexible sensor pad is placed beneath the saddle to sense the shifting pressure of the rider.

Pressure profile of riders buttocks and thighs on a saddle.
Pressure profile of riders buttocks and thighs on a saddle.

Colorful body mapping pressure profiles of the rider including pelvis and thighs are instantaneously transmitted and displayed through a standard Windowsbased laptop. Easy-touse software features make it possible to zoom in on regions of interest as well as derive graphs and statistical displays. Cool, right? I want one.

Equestrics Sensor instantly reveals riders pressure on saddle.
Equestrics® Sensor instantly reveals riders pressure on saddle.