Saddletech Releases The New And Improved Saddletech
Gauge MK I I
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WOODSIDE, CA: March 12, 2004: To determine
if a saddle FITS a horse's back, the laws of geometry require the
comparison of all three (3) dimensions, of both surfaces, in relationship
to each other. Unfortunately, saddles are not measured in three-dimensions.
There is Gullet Width and Seat Length, but there are no standardized
three-dimensional measurements to be able to relate the curvature
of the horses backs to the shapes of saddles. This lack of an accurate
calibrated measurement method is the reason why Equestrians have such
difficulty finding a saddle to FIT their horse.
solve this challenge SADDLETECH has just released a new and improved
MK I I edition of the CLASSIC SADDLETECH GAUGE that was originally
released in 1997. The SADDLETECH GAUGE Mk I I is a simple mechanical
instrument that permits the polyform of the shape of horse's back
and corresponding saddle to be defined by angles and arcs, providing
the three-dimensional measurements required to determine saddle
practice, it is a rather simple device to use. By adjusting the
SADDLETECH GAUGE Mk I I to the curvature of the horse's back the
SADDLETECH GAUGE Mk I I can then be placed inside the saddle to
determine the best possible FIT.
even greater accuracy, by adjusting the wither and loin ARC by the
amount determined by the SADDLETECH WEIGHT COMPENSATION FORMULA,
the appropriate amount of ROCK in the saddle can be determined for
different weight horses and riders, thereby compensating for the
effect of gravity. For additional accuracy, the new SADDLETECH GAUGE
Mk I I has new instrumentation that provides for the measurement
of the scapula or saddle pocket. New laser engraved angle and arc
graduations significantly improve the ease of use of the new SADDLETECH
GAUGE Mk I I.
SADDLETECH WEIGHT COMPENSATION FORMULA can be CALIBRATED or its
ACCURACY VERIFIED by using the new and improved SADDLETECH PRESSURE
MAPPING SYSTEM MK I I , that was originally released in 1992, that
dynamically measures the actual pressure exerted by the saddle and
rider on the horse's back, either on the rail or on the trail. By
using the SADDLETECH GAUGE Mk I I and the SADDLETECH PRESSURE MAPPING
SYSTEM MK I I together, a feedback loop is created so that the "scientific
method" may be employed to establish an EVIDENCE BASED SADDLE
FITTING METHOD. (U.S.PATENT # 6,334,262)
all the discussions about saddle fitting, it is often forgotten
that a saddle maker, sooner or later, must actually build or adjust
the saddle to a three-dimensional shape. However, how can you define
that shape, without measurement? The truth is, baling wire, cardboard
tracing, plaster casts, or thermoforms do not have numerical values.
Without numerical values, there is NO METHOD to RELATE, CALIBRATE
or VALIDATE that these methods are accurate and can compensate for
gravitational forces. So any determination of Saddle Fit using such
methods maybe an opinionated guess, but it is not a calibrated measurement
Veterinarians, Saddle Makers and Tack shops all need to define the
three-dimensional shape of the horses back as well as the
three-dimensional shape of the saddle to be able to determine if
the saddle FITS the horse. By employing a standard calibrated numerical
measurement, many opportunities are provided:
1. Calibrated measurement permits any Equestrian to easily determine
the FIT of an individual saddle for an individual horse's back.
2. Calibrated measurement permits the horse's back measurements
to be used to SEARCH measured saddle databases to find a saddle
3. Calibrated measurement permits Veterinarians to write saddle
fitting measurement prescriptions to increase performance or avoid
4. Calibrated measurement permits calibrated adjustable jigs to
be used to standardize quality control in the saddle manufacturing
5. Calibrated measurement permits calibrated Saddle Orthotics to
be custom made to adjust for poorly fitting saddles.
6. Calibrated measurement permits the saddle to be readjusted to
refit the horse as its back changes over time.
7. Calibrated measurement permits the "scientific method"
to be employed to validate the measurement method.
8. Calibrated measurement permits valid clinical trial protocols
to be developed for saddle gait performance research
9. Calibrated measurement permits the establishment of a United
States Saddle Standard to facilitate compliance with Federal Regulations
By using a standard calibrated numerical measurement, an equestrian,
a veterinarian, a tack shop owner, a saddle distributor, a saddle
maker, and a saddle-tree maker - all can objectively
describe the three-dimensional shape of the horses back and
corresponding saddle - so that a relationship called FIT can be
determined and most importantly agreed upon by employing mathematics.
CALIBRATED NUMERICAL MEASUREMENT PROVIDES THE MOST ACCURATE METHOD
TO FIT A SADDLE TO A HORSE!
TECHNOLOGY IS AVAILABLE FOR RENT, LICENSE OR SUBSCRIPTION AT WWW.SADDLETECH.COM
Contact: Robert Ferrand, Phone: 650 - 631 - 8400 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org