I am often asked for reference material and what I recommend for anyone wishing to educate themselves in a little more detail after they have a saddle fit evaluation with one of our saddlefitters, so I have come up with a list of books that I use as part of my ‘saddlefitting bible’. If any of you have come across a book that would be a great addition to my list, please let me know! I am always looking to expand my library. Happy Reading and Happy Riding!!
How to Recognize the Horse in Pain and What to do about it – Dr. Joanna Robson, DVM
Dr. Robson discusses basic anatomy, recognizing training and behavioral issues as signs of pain, saddle-fitting and how to fit your own saddle, hoof basics, alternative medicine, oral and injectable supplements; also includes stretching exercises, effects of training equipment, and full chiropractic and acupuncture cases.
The Rider’s Pain Free Back – Dr. James Warson, MD
Over 90 percent of the US population seeks help for back pain at one point or another during the course of their life. If you’re a horseperson, back pain is of particular concern as it not only robs you of the joys of riding—it threatens your livelihood, as well. Dr. Jim Warson—a neurosurgeon who also happens to be a lifelong horseman—provides all the practical information you need to understand the diagnosis and treatment of back pain.
The Horse’s Pain Free Back and Saddle Fitting Book – Dr. Joyce Harman, DVM
In this highly illustrated, comprehensive book, Dr. Harman reveals that 75 percent of horses that are chronically stiff, crooked, resistant, or disagreeable are reacting to back pain caused by an ill-fitting saddle. It is made astoundingly clear that the results of conscientious saddle fitting are a horse that performs eagerly and moves freely, and a rider who finds it easy to correct her position, communicate her aids, and sit on her horse in a relaxed and balanced manner.
The Rider Forms the Horse – Udo Buerger
One of the best books ever written on training of the horse from biomechanical/anatomical point of view. Every equestrian should understand both human and equine anatomy. Following what this book says will enable your horse to remain sound and healthy and at the same time serve your needs – highly recommended for every equestrian.
Tug of War – Dr. Gerd Heuschmann, DVM
German rider and equine veterinarian Dr. Gerd Heuschmann is well-known in dressage circles—admired for his plain speaking regarding what he deems the incorrect and damaging training methods commonly employed by riders and trainers involved in competition today.
An Anatomy of Riding – Volker and Heinrich Schusdziarra, MDs
This very clinically descriptive book is about the anatomy of the human being as it affects riding. It will take concentrated focus to understand the concepts described in the book, and is written at a highly technical level.
Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CEE