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SADDLES are rarely acquired after taking into consideration the features of the horse's back and other measures. However, recent findings showing exercise-induced muscle expansion in horses with well-fitting saddles (Greve and others 2015), and correlation between slippery saddles and hindlimb lameness (Anon 2012), have made saddle evaluation a critical step in lameness assessments, routine care, and prevention of lameness of event horses.
We recently used thermography to check the saddles in a research initiation programme for undergraduate students. Three different saddles (jumping, dressage and police saddles), lightweight and heavyweight riders (70 kg and 100 kg, respectively) …