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


Dr. Joyce Harman's best-selling book and videos 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 conformation—particularly 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.

Additional Information

Author: Joyce Harman, DVM

Format: eBook

Page Count: 232

Illustrations: 170 color photographs, 125 illustrations

ISBN: 9781570767579

By Joyce Harman, DVM

Joyce Harman, DVM 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 books The Horse’s Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book, The Western Horse's Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book as well as the two instructional videos,Western Saddles and English Saddles. Before retiring, she owned and operated Harmany Equine Clinic, a holistic veterinary practice in Washington, Virginia.

American Quarter Horse Journal Says:

“Absolutely fascinating.”

Natural Horse Says:

"A wealth of saddle information for the Western rider."