Have you ever found yourself feeling crooked on your horse’s back a few minutes into your ride? Do you end up stomping down on one stirrup to try to correct a sliding saddle? Are you consistently asking your instructor, your friends and anyone standing nearby if your stirrups look even? Your experiences could help researchers improve equine welfare.
“Saddle slip is a problem seen in all sorts of horses and ponies and can contribute to back pain and thus impaired performance,” says Ph.D. student Line Greve. “Research suggests that 25% of British dressage horses have a history of back-related problems and subsequent reduced performance. We are urging all riders, whatever their level or ability, to help by completing the questionnaire.”
The survey collects information about the horse’s general details, his health, training history, history of saddle slip problems, information about the saddle used on the horse, and information about the horse’s rider.
The results of the Animal Health Trust’s research will be presented at the Saddle Research Trust Conference in 2014.
Take the survey at AHT.org.uk.