pliance®: Pressure between saddle and horse
Bodily tensions, back problems, and gait asymmetry of the horse during riding can occur due to bad fitting of horse saddle and girth. During dynamic movement, such as trotting and galloping, substantially higher loads occur on the back and the shoulders of the horse as compared to standing. While the assessment of the fit of different saddles and saddle girths on a standing horse can only be assessed subjectively, a dynamic measurement allows an objective evaluation by representing the pressure distribution during movement and therefore a better understanding of the dynamic interaction between horse and saddle. Harmful pressure points that arise from poor saddle fit can be recognized and corrected.
The pliance horse saddle system is a highly accurate and reproducible system for measuring dynamic pressure distribution under the horse saddle. It uses a thin elastic sensor mat with capacitive sensors which are individually calibrated. The measurements are wirelessly transmitted to a PC or laptop using Bluetooth technology, and can also be recorded and stored on a SD card, allowing for long-term measurements.