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Therapeutic Saddles
While assisting with therapeutic horseback riding in the mid 1970's, I recognized the need for a saddle that would offer the physically challenged better security and relaxation. By this time, I've added therapeutic saddles to my line of conventional saddles and am specializing in them.
Each saddle is custom tailored using the advice and assistance of riding instructors, physical therapists, doctors and, most importantly, the individual the saddle is being built for. The saddles are a once-in-a-lifetime purchase since the stabilizer bars on the seat are adjustable to grow with the rider.
Each saddle takes at least a week to make and they come in three models. The Blaine George Special is designed for paraplegics but can be used for all-purpose therapeutic riding as well. The Thera-Quad is designed and custom-built for quadriplegics and is custom-fitted to accommodate the body brace and to obtain the best possible support. The Ampu-Thera is for the rider who has lost one or both legs.
I also build a rigging to support people in an upright position and a tri-hold sursingle with handles that helps beginning riders gain confidence.
Saddle prices start at $1,850 (Canadian). (Garry Scheerscmidt, Gam Custom Saddles and Creations, Box 1011, Didsbury, Alberta, Canada TOM OWO; ph 403 335-4707).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6