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How do you spell "relief"?

Crown, flare and relief - what's the difference? Here's how we define them.
Subscribe to RSS Feed Is the allusion to a very old commercial showing my age? Anyway… We had a question recently from someone wanting to clarify the… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/how-do-you-spell-relief/

Evaluating a horse's back for saddle fit - part three

Looking at an angle from the front and then the back gives us a good idea about the amount of rock and crown a horse needs in his tree.
Subscribe to RSS Feed This is the last part of a three part series on how we assess a horse’s back to figure out what tree specs will work the best on him. In part… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/evaluating-horses-back-saddle-fit-part-three/

He's gotta lotta rock...

Looking at some of the reasons some horses have more rock in their back than others.
Subscribe to RSS Feed A definition to start with: Rock is the curve from front to back, both on the bottom of the bar and along the horse’s back. The same… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/he-s-gotta-lotta-rock/

The top line doesn't match the rock line

Looking at the top line of a horse doesn't tell you how much curve he has in his back under the bars of the saddle. You have to look at where the bars go. Here's a great example of the mismatch between top line and rock line.
Here is a picture that was sent to us this week. Beyond the fact that she has withers that go waaaaaaaay back (so the height of the seat at the front needs to be considered),… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/the-top-line-doesn-t-match-the-rock-line/