The Western Horse's Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book
The Western Horse’s Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book
Soundness and Comfort with Back Analysis and Correct use of Saddles and Pads
Joyce Harman, DVM, MRCVS
Dr. Joyce Harman’s best-selling book and DVDs on saddle-fit have received rave reviews and helped improve the lives of performance and pleasure horses all over the world. Now, due to popular demand, she’s written the complete reference on saddle-fit and back health for Western disciplines.
In this most thorough, comprehensive book Dr. Harman, veterinarian and respected saddle-fitting expert, educates the reader about the horse’s conformationᾹparticularly the shape of the back, withers, ribs, and shoulders; saddle construction—the tree, bars, seat, skirts, fleece, gullet, and stirrups; and the rider’s conformation. She explains how all these variables must be considered in order to keep the horse comfortable. In addition, read about correct use of saddle pads; fitting saddles for different sports such as reining, cutting, pleasure, and trail; and how to care for your horse’s back, both over the short and long term.
DR. JOYCE HARMAN graduated from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 and became a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1985. She has been certified in veterinary acupuncture for fourteen years and veterinary chiropractic for a decade. She has since completed advanced training in homeopathy and herbal medicine and is currently working on a master’s degree in Chinese medicine. Dr. Harman has given many lectures on saddle fitting at equine expositions in the US, England, and Germany. She is the author of the acclaimed book, The Horse’s Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book, as well as the two instructional DVDs, Western Saddles and English Saddles. Since 1990, she has owned and operated Harmany Equine Clinic, a holistic veterinary practice in Washington, Virginia.
232 pp • 8 ½ x 9 • 170 color photos, 125 illustrations • 978 1 57076 389 2