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13 reasons to use the Korrector

Korrector is a revolutionary new saddle pad which using air and foam technology, can be adjusted by the rider to give full day to day control of the fit of their saddle on one or more horses. If you haven’t already used the Korrector then these reasons will explain why we think you should…

Korrector benefits the rider by…

  1. Allowing the rider to adjust the pad for seasonal changes in the horse’s shape
  2. Absorbing jarring shock to the rider’s lower back
  3. Giving the rider the means of using a saddle on more than one horse
  4. Allowing the rider to adjust the balance of the saddle front to back
  5. Allowing the rider to adjust the balance side to side so distributing the riders weight centrally
  6. Allowing diagonal adjustment when the horse is asymmetric
  7. Can be used with English, Western and Spanish style saddles
  8. Bags can be removed and replaced fully inflated for washing purposes

Korrector has been proven by independent testing to give your horse greater comfort by…

  1. Dispersing the pressure points of the saddle
  2. Increasing the bearing surface of the saddle
  3. Continually flexing and moulding to the horse’s shape allowing the back and shoulder muscles to work unrestricted
  4. Absorbing impact shock from the rider
  5. Alleviating pressure across the horses spine and wither area

For more information about the Korrector visit www.fteltd.co.uk

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Keep your saddle Korrect this season!

At this time of year your horse often changes shape, whether it be through weight fluctuations or muscle development as they get fitter and stronger in preparation for the season ahead. This can make saddle fitting a constant challenge, however First Thought Equine, manufacturers of the WOW saddle, have introduced the Korrector Air Saddle Pad which can help! 

Even when a saddle fits a horse well, over the course of a year, changes in diet or level of fitness will result in changes of muscle structure, and the shape of the horse’s back. Therefore a saddle that originally fitted well may no longer fit the horse. Many people find it difficult to get a saddle fitter to visit to re-flock or adjust the saddle, and need to resort to saddle pads to ‘take up’ the difference.

Most saddle pads cannot be adjusted, and the majority assume that the saddle does not fit throughout its length. This is not normally the case, as most saddle fitting problems only occur at the front.

Korrector has four air bags for adjustment and a foam sheet for shock absorbency. You only use those pairs of bags required to correct the saddle, so cutting down on unnecessary bulk under the saddle. Korrector can be used with four air bags to create a shock absorbing pad under the whole saddle panel. The bags can then be adjusted so there is more air in the front or back bags to balance the saddle front to back or even side to side. Korrector can also be used with just the two front air bags to create a front riser pad or just the two back airbags to create a back riser pad.

For more information and watch the video on how to use the Korrector, visit www.fteltd.co.uk 

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A happy customer – how the H girth helped Assegai

Australian Saddle fitter Julia McLean shared the below story with us, which we thought you may like to see – you can read more about this story at Nadia David’s blog –

http://www.barefooteventeraus.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/the-saddling-breakthrough.html#comment-form

The saddling breakthrough

So, this may well end up reading like an ad for WOW saddles, but after today I thought it would be nice to show the changes in [my horse] Assegai over the past three years. The WOW dressage saddle I bought two years ago has contributed in no small part to these changes, and are worth revisiting.

When I got Assegai, he looked like this, a green broken 3 year old:

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As you can see, he’s low on muscle and has obvious deep wither pockets and no topline. He became increasingly aggressive over the first twelve months, a combination of pain caused by an ill-fitting saddle, chronic pain from injuries in the paddock before I got him and a sensitive soul. At least, that’s my reading of the situation.

Age, work and a fair layer of fat have made him look like this:

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The WOW saddle, and a beautifully fitting Pessoa jump saddle (couldn’t afford two WOW saddles!) have made a huge difference to Assegai’s topline, contentedness and in some way to his development and training. From the first fitting, Assegai started lifting more through his back, going forward more willingly, just trying more.

It has been frustrating – Assegai has got to be the touchiest horse going – but today was breakthrough day. As Assegai has changed shape, grown bigger and stronger, he’s needed [saddle] re-fit after re-fit, as I posted about earlier. Today, [my saddle fitter] Julia brought her A game.

Two things have made a massive difference. The first was a slight change in panels. The old panels had a gap at the top, the part that forms the channel of the saddle. And this is supposed to allow more room for the musculature to move under the saddle. But for Assegai this appears to have been uncomfortable, as then Julia fitted panels that formed a snugger fit in his wither pockets. Because the pommel articulates, the panels should fit quite closely.

The second change is the purchase of one of the H-girths from the WOW range.

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I think this has been the greatest change to date. The girth is made of two narrow padded leather straps connected on the sternum by a connector strap. The idea, from memory, is that the girth sits either side of the pectoral muscle, preventing pinching and discomfort and allowing the horse to use those muscles.

As soon as we started walking, Assegai wanted to stretch out and down, but not drop his back like usual….he went forward into trot without raising his head, happily blowing and staying on the bit. It felt amazing. He even pulled a pretty hot medium trot out of the bag!

So, I actually feel a bit excited. I’ve got an Official dressage comp coming up in a few weeks so I’m really interested to see what he can do. Gotta say, the WOW is probably the best investment I’ve made in my riding. Starting to save up for one for Rose. 🙂 Happy riding!

Buying a second hand saddle

Absolute Horse magazine published a great article on buying second hand saddles. Have a read and let us know what you think.

Buying a second hand saddle can be a high risk decision, so saddler Jon Homer, of Elemental Equine, http://www.elementalequine.co.uk, offers the following tips for consumers –

  1. May I suggest that you consider your saddle a long term investment, and try your best to purchase a well fitting, good quality new saddle for your horse if at all possible? This is possibly your single most important investment, after the horse itself, and you may be safeguarding your horse’s future health.
  2. Often the budget set aside to purchase a saddle is too small, as there are invariably unexpected expenses that mount up when buying the horse itself. ‘I’ll just manage with a cheap saddle’ is invariably what some owners tell themselves, when in fact they may be better off saving up their cash for a few months for a good quality saddle, and initially focussing on ground work and lungeing.
  3. If ‘new’ simply isn’t an option for you, please remember that a second hand bargain could turn into an expensive mistake if it needs to be replaced or you incur therapy or vet bills because it damages your horse’s back. If you do choose a second hand saddle, it is preferable to buy from a trained saddle fitter (as opposed to a private seller), as the saddle will have been checked, assessed and overhauled, if required.
  4. Buying from online auction sites is risky, as often the seller has little idea of what they are selling, and, if you buy without seeing the saddle in person, you can’t check to see if the tree is intact, or if the material or leather is in good order. If you do resort to such a purchase, pay by PayPal, as you will then have PayPal Protection in place if a dispute arises.
  5. If you do choose a second hand saddle that is not purchased from a saddler, you MUST do your research first to ascertain that it is a likely fit for your horse, based on panel size, gullet width, seat size etc, as of course you will be asking your saddler to fit it to your horse and make any adjustments once it has arrived! Make sure the adjustable head plate sets are included if you buy a saddle that adjusts in this way. Choose only a good quality brand with supple, thick leather that doesn’t curl. Make sure the stitching is in good condition and avoid saddles with scuff damage to the pommel and cantle, as they may have been involved in a fall. Finally make sure you know what you’re buying and the seller knows what they’re selling!
  6. One option if you are NOT buying directly from a saddler is to see if you can buy the saddle on a trial basis and return the saddle to the private seller if it doesn’t fit – or you could even take your horse and your chosen saddler to the seller’s venue, so your saddler can check the saddle’s suitability before you purchase.
  7. Older saddles of course have older flocking. For many people, modern Flair air bag flocking is preferable to wool flocking, as it provides a wide, even bearing surface and can be adjusted to suit the horse’s current musculature and fat coverage, as well as the rider’s symmetry. Having a well-fitting second hand saddle converted to Flair air bag flocking by a trained saddle fitter is a potentially good way to compromise, if a new saddle flocked with Flair is out of your budget.
  8. If you purchase a temporary second hand saddle while you save the pennies, another compromise is to use a Korrector saddle pad, which creates a shock absorbing pad under the whole saddle panel. The product has four Flair air bags for adjustment and a foam sheet for shock absorbency. You only use those pairs of bags required to correct the saddle. Korrector will make up for limitations that the saddle has, in terms of flocking or fit.

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Why use the Korrector?

It is a well known problem that horses change shape making it difficult to ensure that the saddle conforms to the shape of the horses back at all times. Even when a saddle fits a horse well, over the course of a year, changes in diet or level of fitness will result in changes of muscle structure and the shape of the horse’s back. Therefore a saddle that originally fitted well may no longer fit the horse. Many people find it difficult to get a saddle fitter to visit to re-flock or adjust the saddle and need to resort to saddle pads to take up the difference.

Most saddle pads cannot be adjusted and the majority assume that the saddle does not fit throughout its length. This is not normally the case as most saddle fitting problems only occur at the front i.e. too wide or at the back of the saddle i.e. not touching the horse’s back. Usually by using a pad to correct one area excessive pressure is placed in another.

Korrector has four air bags for adjustment and a foam sheet for shock absorbency. You only use those pairs of bags required to correct the saddle, so cutting down on unnecessary bulk under the saddle.

Korrector can be used with four air bags to create a shock absorbing pad under the whole saddle panel. The bags can then be adjusted so there is more air in the front or back bags to balance the saddle front to back or even side to side.

Korrector can also be used with just the two front air bags to create a front riser pad or just the two back airbags to create a back riser pad. The choice is yours! And this means you have a Korrector pad for all occasions!

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Flair V Korrector

If you are unsure whether you should get a Flair or a Korrector, maybe this will help –

Korrector is excellent at dispersing pressure and absorbing shock but like all saddle pads puts more distance between horse and rider.

Flair – “Air Flocking for Saddles” is the ultimate way of achieving a closer contact for horse and rider. Flair is fitted into the saddle’s panels so achieving a much closer fit with all the advantages of Korrector. Any saddle can be converted to Flair and many leading saddle makers offer Flair as an option from new.

Flair will only work in saddles that fit the horse correctly but Korrector will work with both saddles that fit and those that are too wide. Hopefully Korrector will give you and your horse a chance to sample the benefits and comfort of riding on air.

We hope this information has helped. If you have any concerns or questions then please contact us on 01227 831614

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The Korrector in Central Horse News

We were pleased to see the Korrector Saddle Pad being Tried and Tested in May’s edition of Central Horse News.

“The pad is very well made, quality product…”

To learn more about the Korrector Air Saddle Pad click here

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Learn why balance is key …

The position of the rider is crucial to the horse’s way of going but the rider’s position is totally influenced by the balance of their saddle. An unbalanced saddle may tip the rider forwards or backwards affecting the rider’s feeling of security and the manner in which they ride.

Korrector™ allows the rider to adjust the balance of the saddle not only for the horse but also for the rider making the rider feel more stable and hence allowing them to relax. A Flocked saddle is fitted whilst the horse is stationary with his back relaxed. A correctly working horse will round his back so lifting the saddle and tipping the rider slightly onto the forehand. With Korrector™ you can alter the saddle’s balance to allow for when the horse is engaged in an outline so maximizing the balance for the rider whilst the horse ‘s back is rounded.

Many riders reach a plateau in their riding often finding that their horse is more difficult on one rein than the other especially with lateral work or canter transitions. Often the cause is rider’s weight being slightly biased to one side. The majority of us are heavier and stronger on one side than the other. A tiny change in the lateral balance using Korrector™ will put the rider’s weight central and make a significant change to the manner in which the horse performs. It only takes a few moments to experiment with Korrector™ to find the most comfortable seat.

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How does the Korrector Air Saddle pad benefit the rider?

The benefits of a Korrector Saddle…

 

  • Allowing the rider to adjust the pad for seasonal changes in the horse’s shape
  • Absorbing jarring shock to the rider’s lower back
  • Giving the rider the means of using a saddle on more than one horse
  • Allowing the rider to adjust the balance of the saddle front to back
  • Allowing the rider to adjust the balance side to side so distributing the riders weight centrally
  • Allowing diagonal adjustment when the horse is asymmetric
  • Can be used with English, Western and Spanish style saddles
  • Bags can be removed and replaced fully inflated for washing purposes

Korrector™ has been proven by independent testing to give your horse greater comfort by…

  • Dispersing the pressure points of the saddle
  • Increasing the bearing surface of the saddle
  • Continually flexing and moulding to the horse’s shape allowing the back and shoulder muscles to work unrestricted
  • Absorbing impact shock from the rider
  • Alleviating pressure across the horses spine and wither area

Korrector™ will not improve the fit of a saddle which is too narrow in the width of the tree . Only a new saddle will help in this situation.

Read more about the benefits by clicking here

www.wowsaddles.com

The Korrector saddle – gives full day to day control of your saddle

Korrector is the revolutionary new saddle pad which using air and foam technology, can be adjusted by the rider to give full day to day control of the fit of their saddle on one or more horses.

Once adjusted Korrector does not need to be altered unless the horse changes shape or you wish to use it with another saddle or on a different horse – adjustments take a couple of minutes and are done with the rider mounted.

Korrector can be used with saddles that fit or with saddles that don’t fit because they are too wide or out of balance.

Korrector can be adjusted to create either…

  • front riser pad, or
  • a back riser pad, or
  • a general pad, or
  • general pad and riser combined, or
  • a general pad with asymmetrically adjusted bags for an asymmetrical horse and/or rider.

Korrector has a unique Gullet Locking Plate (GLP), which prevents the saddle pad from being pulled taut across the horse’s spine. All cloths are cut for high withers and have front ties, so alleviating the pressure often caused by saddle pads and numnahs in these areas. GLP can be purchased separately.

Read more about the Korrector Saddle by clicking here

www.wowsaddles.com