Correct saddle fitting can make all the difference to both you and your horse when it comes to comfort and safety. It is the all-important link between horse and rider. Although there are a number of saddles available to fit the variety of uses for a horse, we’re going to stick to the all-purpose/general purpose saddle that most recreational riders already own.
The horse’s neck, back and shoulders are what give the rise to the shape of their withers – where the saddle should be sitting. The most common mistake made is putting the saddle to far forward over the withers, creating rubbing points and potential sores for the horse.
Key points to look for when correctly fitting a saddle:
It is important to note that saddles are not a one size fits all piece of equipment. Saddles have to be fitted for the horse’s body shape and depending on weight gain, you may need a couple of saddles for the different seasons. If they have been out in the pasture with minimal exercise for a while, it is quite possible that their previous saddle will not fit them anymore. Similar to this, a saddle that is comfortable for dressage may not be suitable for trail riding or show jumping.
Using the wrong saddle for a horse can give them a sore back or even saddle sores. It is important to check on your horse routinely to feel for signs of swelling and heat. After taking off the saddle, look for turned hair or rub spots on your horse’s coat that could be a pre warning of saddle sores.
As saddle repairs and replacements can be very costly, it is important to look after your horse and your saddle. Select one that suits you, the type of riding you do, and especially your horse as every ride you take is a special bond between the both of you.
SOLOSHOT 2 (SS2) is essentially a two-part system that starts at $800. On the camera end is a motorized two-axis gimbal called the “base” that pans and tilts the attached camera so that it is always pointed at the desired subject--wherever it moves. On the subject end is a device called the “tag”. The radio signals emitted by the tag are the key to keeping the subject under the camera’s unflinching eye.
The soloshot was created by surfers as a way to automatically film themselves. Like me, they often lacked someone who was able or willing to man the camera while they were out enjoying their hobby. Although the Soloshot developers recognized the potential value of the system for other sports, filming RC aircraft was not on their radar. When I contacted SOLOSHOT, they told me that they were very surprised by the amount of interest they were receiving from RC flyers.
The bundle includes the base and tag previously mentioned as well as a tripod, a Camera Controller, and a Sony CX240 video camera(Soloshot 2). The Camera Controller provides an interface between the camera itself and the SSoloshot 2. This opens up additional features such as automatic zooming as the subject get further away and also the ability to start/stop recording remotely via the tag.
the Soloshot 2 can be used with pretty much any camera that has a standard 1/4"-20 tripod mount. This includes video cameras, DSLRs, and action cameras. Not all cameras, however, are compatible with the functions of the Camera Controller. Obviously the CX240 included in the bundle is one that plays nice. SOLOSHOT maintains an ever-growing list of compatible cameras on their website. The majority of the current crop consists of Sony and Canon models. If you purchase the most recent Soloshot model, you will only be able to use the 12MP build in camera that it comes with. I HIGHLY recommend getting the Soloshot 2 which will allow you to connect it to any camera.
I currently use a 24 MP camera to record with and take photos with. A way nicer option with much better quality photos and video footage, and I can constantly upgrade to the newest best camera/camcorder available instead of being stuck with the 12MP camcorder the new Soloshot model it comes with.
Was watching some cross country videos this morning when I came across some really fantastic dressage KURS from the olympics. They are just so much fun to watch. Not something I normally post about, but I had to share these because they are just so fun to watch.
I mean come on seriously. Let's be honest here, don't we all wish we could do this?! how fun would that be to experience riding a KUR on a Grand Prix horse.