Equine ergonomics takes the applied science of ergonomics and applies it to horse tack and other products to design and engineer it to work with maximum efficiency for you and your horse.
Anatomic dual-density shell is engineered for high-level leg protection, while allowing freedom of movement. Technical materials provide shock absorption and impact protection, while a double ventilation system channels heat away from the horse’s leg. $279.95; www.veredususa.com
Intelligent design allows full range of shoulder motion, without interference from the saddle tree. Removable felt, fleece or neoprene liner options. $139.95-$179.90; www.totalsaddlefit.com
Anatomic contour monocrown is designed to reduce pressure around the poll and ears.Padded, contoured ergonomic noseband is made with equine comfort in mind. $169.95; www.smartpakequine.com
Cue your horse with a gentle nudge thanks to the broad contact surface area of the Spursuader. Created with sensitive horses in mind, the Spursuader is also a useful tool for amateur riders. Available in English and western styles. $45.99; www.tapestryequineproducts.com
Designed to keep your horse’s back cool and comfortable while holding your saddle securely in place. Breathable, high-density foam offers impact protection where it’s needed while ultra-thin flaps eliminate bulk and enhance rider communication. $170; www.ecogold.ca
Soft, dense medical-grade fleece reduces friction and pressure against the horse’s back while Ecogold’s nonslip system keeps the saddle securely in place. A layer of 3D air flow spacers improves ventilation while adjustable inserts provide impact protection $300; www.ecogold.ca
Wide-body design is smooth and flat under your leg. Broader contact area on the saddle flap promotes a secure, stable position. Jump or dressage. $139.95; www.totalsaddlefit.com
Tapestry English Comfort Girth
Designed with the anatomy and physiology of the horse in mind, the Tapestry Comfort Girth features elastic placement that hugs the rib cage, allowing the horse to breathe easier. From $119.99; www.tapestryequineproducts.com
This article on products designed using equine ergonomics appeared in the February 2020 issue of Horse Illustrated magazine. Click here to subscribe!