Equine Ergonomics Intensive Course
This course is formulated for equine professionals with some prior experience and training in saddle fit or saddlery. It is compacted into 5 days outlining the basic training to become an Equine Ergonomist. You will learn the basics of saddle fit to allow horse and rider maximum freedom to move properly, comfortably, and in harmony. You will be taught the various indicators of behavioural issues potentially resulting from poor saddle fit, as well as potential problems and symptomatic back pain. Determining the saddle support area as well as the use of the latest technology to assist in proper saddle fit will be discussed. You will learn both static and dynamic fit using various saddle models on different horses, as well as basic sales techniques to overcome objections and opinions. You will be taught how to completely and correctly fill out the evaluation form, to be able to choose the correct saddle and determine proper saddle fit.
The course ends with a written, oral, and practical examination. Certification is not awarded until you have completed minimum 30 independent complete and correct evaluations on your own after the course is over. Only then can you (and we!) be sure that you will be able to competently consult with your clients to assist them in making the correct choices.
Equine Ergonomics Module Courses
You will be taught exactly the same curriculum in three weekends taking place over 3 to 4 months. The benefit of this method is that the participants will be closely monitored and working with experienced trainers while being able to practice their evaluation process in between module classes. These completed evals will then be discussed during the next course meetings, which allows for immediate feedback and general learning by all participants. Experiences can be compared and customer conversations dissected for suggested improvements.
The additional opportunity for ongoing practice evaluations between modules makes the process easier to complete the final required 30 evaluations before certification.
Saddle Ergonomist Intensive Course
Prerequisite is completed certification as an equine ergonomist, and continued training is expected to continue another 3-4 months. Particular attention will be paid to hands-on ‘saddlery work’, including (re)-flocking a saddle and adjusting the gullet plate using the tree machine according to the measurements taken. Training is one-on-one with a Certified Saddle Ergonomist on the road.
The goal is to be able to assess saddle fit and make the necessary adjustments to the horse on site (based on S4L static and dynamic fit processes), while building an ongoing relationship with the client in order to maintain optimum fit on a regular basis down the road. Certification will follow after approx.. 80 independent saddle evaluations have been done under supervision of a CSE.
Saddle Ergonomist Module Training
Saddle ergonomics is also available in modules, the number of which is dependent on the individual’s experience, education, and dexterity – as well as his/her available time to continue training. There are three main parts: flocking, tree machine, and on-site evaluations together with a CSE. The goal is to become proficient at working with clients to achieve optimal saddle fit under the guidelines of the S4L philosophy with regular on-site visits.
Certification will be completed once 80 independent evaluations and adjustments have been completed under the guidance of a CSE.