It can be hard to know if your saddle has been fitted well – your horse can’t tell you when something’s wrong, so you have to keep an eye out for some key indicators.
One way to do this is to look at the sweat and dirt marks left on your horse’s saddle pad.
By looking at these signs, you can get a sense of your saddle’s fit and what needs to be adjusted.
The two key concepts.
These are the most valuable things to remember when looking at sweat patterns:
- Sweat and dirt marks should be symmetrical.
Symmetry means that the saddle is sitting evenly on your horse. Sometimes non-symmetrical marks don’t indicate a bad fit and sometimes a problematic fit can still result in symmetry.
But as a general rule of thumb, this is a great one to go by.
- The centre line of you saddle pad (the gullet) should be dry.
Under no circumstances do you want the saddle to be rubbing or touching the spine of your horse.
How to interpret sweat and dirt patches.
Larger amounts of dirt and more darkness generally suggest that more rubbing is occurring in this area.
Ideally, rubbing is minimal and is spread out evenly.
Dirt at the front of the saddle pad means that the saddle is too wide and is being pushed forward.
Dirt at the back of the saddle pad could mean that the saddle is the wrong shape, or that the rider is sitting too far back in the saddle.
Diagonal dark patches indicate the points at which the saddle is swinging and rubbing. Diagonal points usually mean that the saddle will need to be custom adjusted to your horse.
Heaving rubbing on one side means the saddle is leaning to the opposite. In the diagram above, the saddle is leaning to the right.
This can also be caused by the way the horse is ridden, or the length of your stirrups.
Sweat and dirt patches are a rough guide. The most important step to getting a comfortable saddle fit is being attentive to your horse; their mood, their sensitivity and any tension in their muscles. Contact a saddle fitter if you suspect you aren’t able to get your saddle to fit nicely.
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How to design your showroom to impress customers
No matter what industry you are in, one thing remains true for all customers. Customers will enter your showroom and want to experience the product for themselves. Your showroom needs to be appealing and shine the best light on your products for customers to view.
Lay out of a showroom
While designing your showroom it is important to think about how this will impact the customer’s experience with your products. Take your customers on a journey. Categorize your products into departments, and place sections so that one leads to another. At the end of the journey the checkout counter should be placed, at the back of your showroom.
Fully experiencing products
Make sure your customers can fully experience your products. Lay out samples to be viewed of products that are usually boxed. Creating displays that show the uses of your products and welcomes visitors to interact with them is beneficial also.
Easy over the counter purchases
Make it simple for customers to purchase items through your showroom. This could refer to having a salesperson actively ready for assistance at all times in the showroom. This could be different for every business, experiment and brain storm of ways that make over the counter purchases as simple and inviting as possible.
If you use window displays in your showroom, try to use them as a sneak peak into your business. Make them look inviting and professional from both inside and outside views.
Make your showroom comfortable and inviting to customers by putting some effort into it. Make sure the room is designed and decorated well with good lighting and overhead music. This contributes to a customer’s positive view of your company from the way you present yourself through your showroom.
Encourage staff to provide assistance
Make sure individuals staffing the showroom have a good knowledge of your products to readily answer questions when customers ask them. Also try and make sure they are friendly and easy to talk to. This will ensure customers feeling at ease and enjoying visiting your business.
Collect contact information
Be sure to set up opportunities to collect email addresses from customers visiting your store. Emails are an effective marketing strategy and are likely to bring in future sales from potential return customers.
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