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Essential saddlery advice for the show jumper

Some fabulous advice from WOW Saddles Sponsored rider Philip Spivey in the latest issue of Absolute Horse magazine! 

AH May saddlery for the showjumper

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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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Flair…. the inside story

Many people ask us what Flair actually is, so here goes…

Flair is a system of four air bags, which are incorporated into your existing saddle panel, two at the front, and two at the rear. Flair air bags can be fitted to all styles of saddle i.e. Dressage, Jumping, General Purpose and Endurance etc.

The air bags surround a foam insert which makes the air displace in such a manner that the saddle panel maximises its bearing surface on the horses back.

The bags are adjusted via two valves that are fitted under the skirt of the saddle. The adjustments are made whilst the rider sits on the horse, the whole process taking a matter of minutes. The saddler is able to balance the saddle perfectly both side to side and front to back even if the horse has uneven muscle development.

So why use Flair?

flair saddleThe majority of training problems relating to the control, balance and direction of the horse are caused by the horse’s discomfort in the area immediately under the saddle. The problem with saddles is the hardness and unevenness of the panel. All flocking materials over time become unevenly compacted, so creating both high pressure points and areas where the panel may not touch the horses back.

A pressure as low as 1½ lbs. per square inch will in time damage minor blood vessels in both the skin and muscle leading to signs of bruising, hair loss and eventually muscle wastage. Pressure on or pinching of the withers directly affects the muscles of the shoulder, causing shortening of the horse’s stride and in many cases, difficulty when moving down hill. Soreness or restriction of the back muscles makes it more difficult for the horse to engage his quarters and so to come on the bit.

Flair creates a gaseous and totally flexible layer in your saddle. This removes pressure points and increases the sensitivity of the horse to your lower back aids whilst also providing shock absorption for the horse when jumping or engaged in sitting trot (gases can be compressed whilst liquids, gels and solids cannot).
Flair allows your horse to move naturally as the muscles of the back and shoulder are no longer restricted by your saddle’s panel.

So now you know! To find out more visit www.fteltd.co.uk

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!

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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Benefits of the Korrector Air Saddle Pad

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 benefits the rider by…

 

  • 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.

To learn more click here

www.wowsaddles.com

 

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

Wishing all our customers and supporters a Merry Christmas

Wishing all our customers and supporters a Merry Christmas, from the team and fitters at First Thought Equine