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Saddle research group seeks fundraiser

A SRT data collection day in progress, with a horse and rider being tested with biomechanical video analysis.

A SRT data collection day in progress, with a horse and rider being tested with biomechanical video analysis.

The British-based Saddle Research Trust (SRT) is urgently seeking an honorary fundraiser to help progress some new scientific research on the influence of the saddle on the welfare and performance of horses and riders.

The trust is a charitable organisation that aims to provide support and advice both to the horse-owning public and to industry professionals. Its board of trustees and advisory committee includes leading veterinary professionals, physiotherapists, saddlers, riders and trainers.

“Back and saddle problems are major factors associated with loss of performance and lameness and have serious welfare implications,” says  Sue Dyson, head of clinical orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust and a member of the advisory committee of the SRT.

“Through scientific research on the interaction of the saddle with the horse and rider, the SRT aims to provide new information, support and advice to the horse owning public and to industry professionals to improve the health and performance of both horse and rider.”

SRT director Anne Bondi continues: “We have a series of important scientific projects in the pipeline, working in collaboration with the Animal Health Trust and the Royal Veterinary College, to explore the relationships between back shape, saddle fit, back movement and performance of the horse and rider.

“With the assistance of an enthusiastic and experienced volunteer fundraiser we hope to be able to secure the financial support we need to pursue these projects.”

 

More information:  Anne Bondi on 07775 912202 or email annebondi@me.com.

 

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