Treats - yes or no?
Learn how saddle fitting and horse behavior under saddle, are intimately related
This quick article is a must read and shows how your body affects your tack as well as how it can impede and even cause pain for your horse. Fascinating information when considering saddle fit and horse "problems" under saddle - most likely they are caused by either your body or your tack.
Notice how this riders right shoulder is lower than her left. This will impact her horse's ability to do many of the maneuvers we ask of our horse. For example, there is a good chance the horse will not be able to pick up the correct lead in a canter, since the weight of the rider is not balanced in her own body. I recommend two exercises to help you determine your own body positions - sit on your saddle in front of a mirror. See what your body looks like at rest, on an innate object. Then, video tape yourself on your horse. You would be amazed at what you see!
Another interesting article on the topic Rider and Horse Asymmetry Article - how this affects your saddle and tack:
How to make your horse smarter
HOW TO MAKE YOUR SMART HORSE SMARTER By: Walt Friedrich
Feral horses are smart horses. Living in a vast geography, they know where all the water holes are, where to find the best grass, where the mountain lions hang out. Very smart, indeed – but it’s all built around feral living. The feral has much, much more learning to do before he’s capable of routine, daily life with humans – yet the domestic horses we live with and enjoy, same species, identical animals – seem much smarter by comparison. But not really – it’s just that they’ve had opportunity to further develop their minds. It’s said that the human brain is capable of so much more than it typically uses. Same thing with horses. The domestics just give us a clue about what’s possible – and their thinking powers can be quite surprising. Click below to read more...