Never too old for a change
Sam Prior’s horse Daisy is 24 years old. She is a 15.1hh TBxArab, and was given to Sam as a 10 year old with behavioural issues, especially when ridden.
Due to an old injury on her sacroiliac joint she has always suffered with pelvic and back issues, and now has some age-related arthritis in the hocks. Then in the late spring an incident in the field resulted in inflammation in a knee, and a reassessment by the physio who had treated previously, Charlene Baker.
Charlene found a series of tensions along Daisy’s back and in her hind leg. She agreed with Sam that in addition to regular therapy, the saddle fit should be addressed. David Kempsell, MD of Wow Saddles, invited Sam to attend one of Wow’s regular retailer training courses as a guinea pig. He supervised the fit himself, and provided Sam with Daisy’s new saddle.
On 5th August, Charlene returned to assess the horse ridden in both her old saddle, and the newly-fitted Wow. Daisy was given a full body treatment to pinpoint all areas of concern prior to starting work in the Wow.
In deference to her age her regular exercise routine is about four sessions a week (two hacks, one schooling session and a lunge over raised poles per week).
These photos demonstrate Daisy’s progress.
Even at 24, musculature can be improved with correct work in a well-fitting saddle.
The horizontal lines in the brickwork behind the side-on shots help gauge just how much her back and posture have improved in 6 weeks.
She also showed a significant improvement in her attitude to work, rideability and willingness to work. This was particularly evident in medium trot and lateral work, which she had been finding hard.
In July, Sam’s aim to compete at the Veteran Horse Society (VHS) National Championships in early October had seemed a distant dream, but became a dream come true. Over a very busy weekend, Sam and Daisy won Ridden Veteran and Condition and Turnout; were second in Riding Horse and another Condition and Turnout class, plus a number of other awards and getting through to the Supreme Veteran Ridden Final!
“WOW what a difference the WOW saddle has made to her way of going. She is very happy to work, her whole attitude to life is a more happy one. I am over the moon with the results.”