College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences
Agricultural Education and Communication Department
BS in Agricultural Science
Therefore, this project will use devices called the Lameness Locator and a thermal camera along with facilities at the Equine Center in San Luis Obispo, California. The objective of the project is to utilize a population of sound horses and compare the heat detection images of their backs and saddles after being ridden to provide saddle fit data. This project will provide information contributing to closing the gap of equestrians uneducated about the importance of saddle fit.
The reason for researching and conducting a study to prove this point is simple: a horse owner needs to look at the bigger picture when it comes to their horse’s wellbeing. Pain in horses is often overlooked as causes of other issues or injuries and the aim of this study is to bring more attention to the comfort and happiness of riding horses by improving saddle fit. It is the author’s hope, this in turn will have the ability to create happier riders as well as better performing horses. Instead of waiting to address the problem once symptoms arise, this study also aims to help owners avoid saddle fit issues before they cause pain and discomfort.