Kitt’s Under-Saddle Debut

Hooray Kitty!!! After 7 weeks of Wellness Restoration, Kitt is ready to hit the trails. Having built up enough muscle to support his joints, Kitt is staying comfortable and balanced walking circles in the ring, up and down hills, and on the road. With an end goal to get Kitt into a therapy riding program, we want to keep him ‘bitless’, as he will go that way once he gets into the program. All in all, we are so excited to have Kitt feeling fresh and fabulous!

In getting a feel for our first few rides, I have found 3 things that have been helpful keeping Kitt comfortable as he transitions back into a working horse.

Iconoclast Support Boots

Kitt’s suspensory ligaments limit his athleticism as they’ve been exausted and have lost much of their elasticity. I was so excited to come across Iconoclast Support Boots. With double strap lifting technology, Kitt’s fetlocks are lifted with every step, helping bridge the gap where his suspensory ligaments fall short. Here is a tid-bit from the Iconoclast web page-

EXTRA TALL ORTHOPEDIC SUPPORT BOOTS DESIGN & FUNCTION
Performance horses need extra support because they are exposed to difficult maneuvers such as hard stops, backing, deep turns, jumps and long, full strides. As a result of performing these maneuvers the hock reaches a fully flexed position and a “vertical load” force is applied to the hock joints and the soft tissue of the lower limbs. Since the suspensory ligament attaches at the top of the cannon bone, just below the lower hock joints, it can become stressed or injured due to these forces from above. The extra height of this new boot will help to save the upper suspensory ligament from injury during these strenuous performance maneuvers. The Iconoclast Extra Tall Orthopedic Sport Boots feature four upper straps in addition to our patented Double Sling Straps which wrap around the base of the fetlock, lifting and cradling it with unparalleled 360-degree lateral support. Iconoclast Boots provide properly balanced support to the vertically moving tissue of the equine leg. No other boot or wrap in the industry can give this much, real, balanced, proper support.
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Western Tack

I could count on my fingers the number of times I’ve ridden in a western saddle. However, with a growing understanding for saddle fit, weight distribution, and purposing horses, I will never put an english saddle on Kitt.

In a well fitted Circle Y, Kitt’s new, tender muscles don’t have to carry a significant load. This will be particularly important when he begins to carry riders for therapy purposes. Even at 90 lbs, if a rider is not in good balance, their weight sits down on the horse’s back instead of being dispersed over the horse’s sides. In his western saddle, any weight that sits down on Kitt will be dispersed of over a larger surface area. Who’da thunk! I guess every western rider who has ever lived- hats off to you guys!

Sincerely, DQ/HP

BEMER Therapy

With regular BEMER sessions, Kitt’s soundness is about the best it can be! As the BEMER increases micro-circulation, any muscle tension developed from riding stress is exposed and broken up. Most notably, Kitt’s OCD lesion in his front left has caused some irritating arthritis in his fetlock. With regular Beeming to keep inflammation down and blood flowing, Kitt is 75% more comfortable and serviceably sound. He has no inhibitions under-saddle!

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About Madison Maavere

Hello, I am a young professional in the equine industry with a passion for improving horses' physical health and emotional wellness. I grew up riding horses in north Georgia and by the time I was 10, I decided I wanted to ride professionally. This dream grew into the mountain that I climbed every day, striving to reach the top. Until I was 16, I did not have my own horses, so I began diving whole-heartedly into any barn that would allow me to work off rides, training, and showing. While this path may not have gotten me the most blues in the show ring, it opened my eyes and my heart to the vastness of the horse world and how perception based it can be. When I was 16, my family moved out on 6 acres so I could have my horses at home (IE, so my family could see me on a daily basis), and for this, I am truly grateful. Running my own farm, albeit small, was liberating and humbling, and it revealed to me that my passion was not so much for riding sport, but for the love of the horse. Fast forward 6 years, and I am well into my final year as an undergraduate Equine Science/Management major at the University of Kentucky. I have been so fortunate in the opportunities I've received here and the relationships I've been able to build. The cutting edge research, quality horsemanship, and innovative businesses located around Lexington, KY have given me a strong sense of reality, and inspired me to really look at where I can make an impact in today's horse world. What I've realized is that while I like equestrian sports, I love the horse. Moreover, I love to help the horse. I want it to be happy and relaxed, to be sound and comfortable, to eat well and be healthy. I want the horse to have every defense against pathalogical disease, and I want it to have skill sets that people value so it can live a long, loved life. In this love, I feel called to advocate for the horse. I want to learn everything I can about how to improve horses' sustainable wellness, and I want to share what I learn so that horsemen of all experience, backgrounds, and goals can feel inspired and enabled to improve their horses' lives. It is my true desire to initiate and spread a dynamic in which horses are not for the industry, but the industry is for the horses.

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