Studying saddle ergonomics started out as just another way for Terry to help her students however, it quickly took over her life when she discovered that her own horse, Easy had a condition called kissing spines which was likely caused by many years of riding in poor fitting saddles. “I can’t go back and undo what I have done but I can spread the word about proper saddle fit to prevent other horses from needless suffering” says Terry.
Recognizing the huge need for proper saddle fit, Terry joined the Saddlefit 4 Life professionals and started the FIT RIGHT SADDLE SOLUTIONS. She passionately pursues her mission to educate as many riders as possible of the importance of proper saddle fit, how it affects the horse’s performance, behavior and ultimately the health of horse and rider.
But when Terry began spreading the word about proper saddle fit and evaluating saddles for her students, the same question kept coming up, "Where do I get a saddle that fits?" For most riders, finding a saddle off the rack that fits, especially a western saddle is very frustrating, expensive, time consuming and sometimes even impossible. Since horses change, a saddle that fits today is not likely to fit in 6 months or a year from now, which causes even more frustration.
As a saddle ergonomist, Terry interfaces an adjustable saddle or adjusts a saddle with a shimmed pad between horse and rider. The anatomy of both horse and rider need to be carefully considered to prevent pain or even permanent damage. The saddles she carries are adjustable in the width, angle & arc, so that when the saddle no longer fits, it is not a problem. She can adjust them onsite to fit the horse again and again.
Specialized and TW Saddles are known world wide for their light weight, close contact, comfort and adjustable fit. They are made with real leather and a real wood tree, yet they are still lighter than most saddles. Terry loves working with this company because they are real horse people making saddles in the USA to help horses.
In the 1970's, Terry was known as Terry Kahanovitz. In her early years she showed in 4-H and Pony Club. Then when Terry's parents began to breed Appaloosa sport horses she traveled with them showing Appaloosas at regional, national and world show levels. Her first after school job was training horses and students at Gettysburg College.
She judged open shows for over 10 years. She also showed at the prestigious Upperville, Washington International and Pennsylvania National Horse Shows in hand and under saddle, astride and aside.
After more than 20 years barrel racing, Terry realized that she was more in love with the process of building the horse up mentally and physically than she was into competing. This is what started her love for classical dressage and led her to the sport she enjoys now, Working Equitation.
You could say she has been there and done that.
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Terry Peiper, Fit Right Saddle Solutions