Western Saddles (Streaming Video)

How to Fit: Pain-Free

Joyce Harman, DVM



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It has been said that all a cowboy needs in life is a horse and his saddle. Even more important, perhaps, is that his saddle fits his horse well. In this video, Dr. Joyce Harman, veterinarian and renowned saddle-fitting expert, advises that good saddle fit is not determined by style, brand, or price, but by construction, condition, and proper fit. She also explains how a horse will indeed cut more efficiently, lope more consistently, travel farther, and remain sound longer when his saddle accommodates his conformation and allows his back to function correctly.

The video covers:

  • Why saddle fit matters to both horse and rider

  • Western saddle evaluation, off and on the horse

  • Ensuring the saddle fits the rider

  • The proper use of saddle pads

  • Accommodating conformational challenges
  • Additional Information

    Author: Joyce Harman, DVM

    Format: streaming video

    Page Count:

    Illustrations: Play Time: 45 minutes

    ISBN: 9781646011513

    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.

    The Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar Says:

    “It’s easier to see it in action. The information presented here is great.”