1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
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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