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Saddle-Fitting Kit
Horsemen who prefer a traditional saddle, but can't find one to fit their favorite mounts may want to try the new EQUI-measure Kit. Developed by Eric and Michelle Buitenwerf, Bemidji, Minn., the kit allows a horse owner to create a 3-dimensional map of their animal's back.
The standard kit, which sells for $79.99, utilizes material that can be warmed in an oven to soften it and includes an insulated bag. The bag keeps the sheet warm and pliable for up to 20 minutes or until it can be placed on the horse's back. Within five minutes of being placed on the horse, the sheet becomes rigid producing a 3-dimensional map of the horse's back.
The non-toxic, hypoallergenic, latex-free and non-stick material can be reused several times, says Buitenwerf. "It's not just for having a custom saddle made," he adds. "You can use it when looking for a pre-made saddle. Carry it in and set saddles on top to check for fit instead of bringing saddles home to try."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Eric Buitenwerf, EQUI-measure Kit, 2236 Balsam Ridge Road WS, Bemidji, Minn. 56601 (ph 877 813-7545; Website: www.equimeasure.com).

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2002 - Volume #26, Issue #6