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A medida que los purasangres fuera de pista se vuelven más comunes, los productos deben seguir el ritmo

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La popularidad de los pura sangre fuera de pista se ha disparado en los últimos años. Gran parte de ese crecimiento se puede atribuir a programas como el Programa de Caballos de Carreras Retirados, las organizaciones de cuidado posterior de pura sangre, el Programa de incentivos para pura sangre (TIP), junto con la asequibilidad de los OTTB y más espectáculos de OTTB que nunca. Con esa popularidad, más jinetes están buscando las mejores opciones y los arreos de caballos adecuados para los desafíos que enfrentan los propietarios de caballos pura sangre fuera de la pista, como ajustar la silla de montar y hacer que redondeen más la espalda.

Conformación pura sangre y ajuste de silla.

OTTB, un caballo criado con una cosa en mente.

Entre otros atributos físicos, está claro que el enfoque al criar estos caballos es producir animales que puedan correr rápido. Sin embargo, esas características pueden representar un desafío para el jinete que tiene en mente una disciplina diferente cuando terminan los días de carrera del caballo.

Los propietarios experimentados de OTTB son conscientes de que los hombros grandes y musculosos de un pura sangre, junto con su cruz alta, pueden crear desafíos para montar la silla desde el primer día.

Hay dos preguntas comunes cuando se enfrenta a este dilema:

¿Cruz u Hombros?

¿Busco una silla que se ajuste a la cruz oa los hombros?

Por lo general, la respuesta es adaptarse a los hombros, ya que el movimiento libre y sin obstáculos es necesario para que cualquier caballo desarrolle el equilibrio y la recolección adecuados. Si un caballo no puede moverse cómodamente mientras está montado, inevitablemente surgirán problemas. Muchas veces acomodar los hombros significa usar una tija de sillín más ancha de lo que se asumió inicialmente al considerar la apariencia atlética y de ajuste general del OTTB.

Si la silla se ajusta a los hombros y la espalda sin tener en cuenta la cruz, puede resultar en una silla que no proporciona suficiente espacio libre para la cruz, lo que causa presión y dolor durante el ejercicio cuando la silla se asienta sobre ellos o los golpea.

¿Qué sillín funciona mejor para un OTTB?

Visit any OTTB forum or chat, and inevitably, a question posted regarding specific saddle recommendations will have numerous replies with many different – and oftentimes conflicting – advice. While there are saddles designed with the Thoroughbred in mind, the important thing to remember is that each horse is different, and his individual characteristics must be taken into consideration when searching for the “perfect saddle.”

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Saddle Fit 101.

A comfortable horse will engage his back.

When this happens, the rider’s weight is being carried in the most efficient way, allowing his horse to stay sound and healthy for longer than the horse whose back is “hollow” or stretched out. This aspect of achieving a good saddle fit is often overlooked.

Not only is the correct fit important for training and short-term comfort – but it also makes it possible for a horse to develop the muscles it needs to remain active and healthy.

As with any saddle, the purpose is to provide a secure seat for the rider while distributing her weight evenly, ensuring the comfort of her horse.

Whether you barrel race with your OTTB, take to the air around a cross-country course, enter the dressage ring, or meander down woodsy trails, ensuring a comfortable saddle fit should be the very first thing on your list.

If you’re confident your saddle fits well, you can focus on the next part of the journey.

Achieving Goals with your OTTB.

The OTTB has been growing as a performance horse prospect among many disciplines.

Their athletic breeding has produced not only power and stamina but also the will to win.mantillas OTTB

This makes them excellent candidates for any equestrian with competitive goals.

However, in order to realize their great potential, riders must communicate effectively and learn to “read” their horse’s body language as they train. Often sensitive to nature, these horses thrive with a calm consistent rider who has developed good balance and seat. When the rider is comfortable, the horse will follow suit.

The shock absorption of a Thinline saddle pad, such as the ThinLine Basic pad, provides comfort to the horse and rider as they learn and grow together.

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Can a saddle pad really help my OTTB relax?

With the technology behind Thinline saddle pads providing unparalleled shock absorption, the answer is YES!

Thinline saddle pads are perfect for sensitive OTTB backs.

When the sensitive and intelligent OTTB can relax and move confidently, his training goals are met and exceeded regularly. With the concussion of the rider “muted” thanks to Thinline, the fussy OTTB is less distracted and can focus on his training instead. This promotes “relaxing” and “engaging,” two huge components that are absolutely fundamental when advancing with the OTTB.

Many Thoroughbred owners recognize immediate behavioral changes when using a Thinline pad. Being able to “really connect” with their horses as they become more relaxed is a common testimonial.

“Typical thoroughbred conformation” – not to mention their notable sensitivity – make these products game-changers for the OTTB.

What the OTTB crowd has to say about Thinline products and the amazing difference they make, speaks for itself.

Katlin Russell, an OTTB Owner, said she purchased a ThinLine Trifecta Cotton Half pad after reading reviews for another memory foam half pad where the reviewers continuously recommended ThinLine pads over the pad that were reviewing. She said, “I then decided to buy a ThinLine pad, and I have not regretted it! I ride 10 OTTBs for the barn I work at, and I ride countless other horses that have high withers or no withers. I put it on any horse I ride, mainly for shock absorption.”

“I am a believer in ThinLine!” she said. “I ride so many horses and for my saddle to make none of them sore is absolutely amazing. I give that credit to ThinLine. They give the right amount of cushion without the bulk and in turn act as a shock-absorbing pad which in foxhunting is great, especially when the hunts run anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. To be able to come back and your horse’s back be fine is a blessing!”

I cannot recommend ThinLine products enough. I currently have a growing three-year-old OTTB with a very sensitive back, and my Full Sheepskin Fleece Correction Half pad from ThinLine makes a world of difference. The very first time that I rode with the pad, I immediately noticed a difference in the way he was moving.” – Emily Johnson.

“I would not be able to use the saddle I currently use if I didn’t have a shimmable ThinLine Pad,” said Shauna Wells, an OTTB Owner. “He not only has high withers and large shoulders. He also has significant atrophy to the point where in his PPE my vet warned me that saddle fitting would be nearly impossible with him, and I would have a long expensive road ahead of trying to make things work. Thankfully, I found a Stubben that fits well enough, and with my shimmable half pad we are in decent shape until I can afford a custom saddle. Even then, I will still ride with a Thinline – just without the shims!”

Thinline Global ha proporcionado la respuesta a muchos desafíos fuera de la pista de caballos de pura sangre. Brindan una solución consistente a problemas posiblemente significativos, así como un apoyo que ayuda a mantener la salud del caballo y del jinete.

Al final del día, el uso de mantillas Thinline da como resultado caballos y jinetes más felices y relajados, que disfrutan de espaldas más sanas y paseos más productivos.

– Sara Shelley

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