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EQ700: Horse, Saddle and Rider Interaction: The Principles of Saddle Fitting

Date: Coming Soon
Cost: $


In this course,  you will learn not only how to fit a saddle correctly, but you will leave armed with an abundance of skills to address common saddle fitting problems. The course is suited to anyone who is already in the equine healthcare industry (equine body workers, veterinarians, chiropractors, farriers/trimmers, dentists) or those who simply have an interest in learning how to saddle fit for their own horses. It is an engaging, independent and practical course steeped in an abundance of research to support the content. 

Those that work as equine healthcare professionals need to be able to assess whether or not the horse/rider combination is on the right track with their current gear. You need to be able to back up your findings to the owner or trainer for the welfare of the horse. Often you will be in the situation where a horse is recovering from an injury or has had time off. The horse may need you to offer a temporary solution using corrective pads or shims while the normal posture returns.

In addition to learning how to fit the saddle correctly for horse and rider, this course also addresses common saddle fitting problems for the existing saddle by offering ideal, existing, and temporary solutions and when these solutions are applicable (or not!). Theory sessions using presentations with a wide range of images and video that explain concepts are followed by practical sessions that demonstrate those concepts, test them and allow opportunities to gain hands-on practice. Presentations are supported with examples of trees, pads, saddles, measuring devices, templates, demonstrations and a variety of horses with saddle fitting issues.


  • Saddle Design: History, Innovations & Alternatives
  • Saddle Assessment: Design, Safety & Condition
  • Saddle Fitting Criteria
  • Assessing the Horse
  • Back Measurements
  • Assessing the Rider
  • Horse, Saddle and Rider Interaction
  • Clinical Reasoning: Saddle Fitting Assessment Teams
  • Saddle Testing Demonstrations
  • Saddle Fitting Interventions and Effects
  • Clinical Reasoning: Intervention Teams


Knowledge of veterinary vocabulary and some anatomy is suggested but not required. This class is suitable for those just beginning their studies or owners looking for continuing education. However, horse handling skills and a thorough understanding of equine safety is always a must!

*This course is required for the Equinology® Equine Body Worker Level III certification.

Required Materials

Required Text:

Course Materials (included in tuition):
Course Workbook & Handouts

Externship (included in tuition):
Externship Grading and Certificate

Suggested Reading:
Saddle Fitting A to Z: DVD by Dr. Kerry Ridgway
The Horse’s Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book by Joyce Harman, DVM
The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion by Pilliner, Elmhurst, and Davies
Recognizing the Horse in Pain by Dr. Joanna Robson



Dr. Anne Bondi, PhD

A successful rider and trainer who has competed at the advanced level both in eventing and dressage, Dr. Bondi has also been placed in international three-day events including Windsor, Blair, and Blenheim. As a trainer, she has prepared pupils for both competition careers and professional exams and was a Senior Examiner of the British Horse Society. Specializing both in the production of young competition horses and in the education of problem horses, she has also produced a dynasty of home bred horses.

Dr. Bondi completed her PhD studies specializing in the scientific investigation of the horse, saddle and rider interaction. In 2006, Anne founded Solution Saddles in order to research and develop a saddle design that would really make a difference to performance. In 2009, she founded The Saddle Research Trust to promote the welfare of the ridden horse and to raise awareness of the widely underestimated issues surrounding saddles, welfare, and performance. The SRT is now internationally recognized for its groundbreaking work.


A $300 deposit is required to hold your spot in a course – the remainder of the tuition is due at least 30 days prior to the course start date. The $300 deposit is nonrefundable and nontransferable, and is credited to the total tuition for the course. Confirmation letters, course outlines, required pre-study (if applicable), directions and lodging options will be sent when the $300 deposit has been received.

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