ETN CPD - Saddle fitters Answers December 2017
1. Where’s the best place to source a young horse’s first saddle?
A) From a friend
B) In the attic
C) Make an appointment with a qualified and registered saddle fitter (QSF)
2. If a saddle has not been checked for safety and fitted to the horse on which it’s being used, how influential will this be?
A) He may be a little sore but it will be for a very short period
B) I would rather he got the bucking out of him now!
C) It could make him reactive and worried about saddles and fail to develop muscles correctly
3. How should a youngster’s education begin?
A) In hand groundwork, lunging and long reining
B) Catch him from the field and pop an old saddle on and let him buck in an enclosed space
C) Send him somewhere, the job will be done in a week
4. What is the advantage of calling in a saddle fitter even to assess possible saddles the customer already owns?
A) The product knowledge and service ability
B) You can blame them if things do not go well
C) They can spend the day and help you as there has been no preparation
5. What equipment should a horse be familiarized and happy with before the first saddle fit?
B) Numnahs, surcingles and mounting blocks
C) Fluorescent garments
6. A saddle should be first introduced to the young horse
A) In an arena
B) In his own field
C) In an enclosed, safe area
7. Having had a saddle fitted and girthed statically, when should an appointment be made with a QSF to continue the fit?
A) Six months’ time
B) In three weeks
C) As soon as the rider is happy walking around and able to achieve a few strides of trot.
8. What major changes happen once in ridden work?
A) The horse’s ability to balance himself with the rider’s weight
B) He looks forward to treats at the end of a session
C) You can book the first competition
9. If the saddle fits well, the horse is comfortable and correctly ridden, which muscles will develop and potentially change the fit of the saddle
B) Those under the neck
10. How regularly should a saddle be checked and serviced?
A) Once a year
B) When a ‘back person’ says so
C) When the rider feels out of balance or there is undue movement; but ideally 3-6 months depending on the amount of work
11. If a horse appears to be sore and the saddle fitter is unable to relate this to any change, who should be consulted?
A) A vet
B) A physiotherapist
C) A friend
12. What other tools can QSFs offer advice about?
A) Boots and bandages
B) Your riding
C) Numnahs, pads and girths
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