Franchesca demonstrates a lot of back pain before Tad Coffin uses the Thera-Tree device to help calm her back and relieve her pain.Read More
2019 Tad Coffin Challenge Class at Memory’s Hill
Comments at ringside on the second day of the Tad Coffin Challenge Class were all in agreement that the horses went better and better, with overall improved performances from the first to the second day. Horses using themselves in jumping efforts, more swing in their strides as they traveled down the lines, and more overall relaxation as the competition went on.
Professional rider Rachel McMahan ended up on top when the results from four phases were tabulated, and she is the first pro to win the class in its five-year history. The horse she rode, “Be Bravo” who is owned by Jackie Arends, jumped spectacularly for Rachel in the SmartRide Rx saddle.
Katie Younger Gehrt, who placed third overall, said showing in the borrowed TC saddle was a change because it opened up possibilities for her that she otherwise wasn’t used to: “The horse loved it. He is a pretty sensitive creature and he was much softer than in my saddle. I could actually sit his trot and canter in this saddle. Usually the more I sit, the more amped up he gets. In the SmartRide Rx saddle he didn’t react and he was more accepting when I closed my leg and hand to settle to a deeper distance.” The horse also relaxed in the Thera-Tree for twenty minutes on Saturday evening and on Sunday morning before he showed.
Luanne Leonard, owner and trainer of the 21 yr old TB, “Have A Heart” said “This horse loves the technology! This is the happiest we have seen him.” The gelding wore the Thera-Tree before competing in the SmartRide Rx saddle with student Abby Fisher in the irons for the win in the Equitation Derby section and an overall 4th place finish.
“He didn’t miss any lead changes today!” remarked Kelsey Ralston as she praised her TB that has been her main project for the past three years.
At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, Tad had all the riders in the horsemanship class, and anyone else who was interested, gather under the tent for a short debriefing about the topic of the written test: kissing spine. He suggested that the diagnosis of kissing spine is becoming much like the widespread diagnosis of navicular was years ago—and that perhaps we as horsemen are misunderstanding it. He suggested that if a horse is caving the back as a result of saddle-induced pain, kissing spine is certainly a likely result. Tad spoke of his experiences with a mare named Bella, one of the many horses he has worked with who have improved from kissing spine diagnoses. “If they have been ridden into kissing spine, they can be ridden out of it with proper gear,” he said. No amount of rest, injections, or palliative therapies will sustainably fix the horse’s condition if, when it returns to work, it is ridden again in the saddle that creates pain.
Ashley Holsinger, who is the owner and trainer at Memory’s Hill Stables, shared with the group a few of her numerous positive experiences in using Tad’s saddles and Thera-Trees® on horses in her program. She spoke about her desire to host the Tad Coffin Challenge as an educational piece to horse showing: “It is a competition about quality of riding, but it is further asking if riders are dedicated enough as horsemen to want things to be better for their horses, and to learn about what that might be.”
We are grateful to Ashley Holsinger, Tara Deckel, and the Memory’s Hill Stables staff for all that they do in hosting the Tad Coffin Challenge Class. Not only for the lovely, well-decorated courses and exhibitors party, but also for sponsoring a $1,000 gift certificate to Tad Coffin Saddles to the winner of the written phase, which was won by Caroline Leeth, DVM, of Blacksburg, Va.
Our congratulations and thanks to all of the competitors who brought horses to explore SmartRide Rx technology. To try a demo saddle or Thera-Tree® for your horse, give Tad a call at (434) 989-3229
Bella’s back has recovered from kissing spine with the use of Tad Coffin’s Thera-Tree and SmartRide Rx.Read More
Parson is wearing his Tad Coffin SmartRide Rx Saddle. He is relaxed, comfortable and showing no anxiety.Read More
Ken Chapman uses Thera-Tree® on himself to relieve pain and enhance his mobility after his riding accident.Read More
In PBS's recent series "Made in Virginia," Tad Coffin demonstrates how his state of the art saddle tree, also known as the Thera-Tree®, and his high performance saddles are constructed.Read More
This photo shows a definite trough between the two longissimus muscles of the topline behind the rib cage. I very often find that this area is quite flattened, particularly in older horses, and these muscles very often feel ‘dry’ when you touch them – one of the signs that a saddle is not functioning in aide of the horse’s mobility. This lumbar area should ordinarily be quite mobile, but it won’t be if the muscle is not healthy. -Dr. HollandRead More
George is wearing his Thera-Tree®. It has helped to eliminate his kissing spine.Read More
Thera-Tree® in use for optimized performance at the highest levels of the game: This picture of "Wistful" was sent to us by Maria Rose Bishop Shannon before the Hunter Derby at The Devon Horse Show last week.
For more information visit www.thera-tree.com or give Tad a call at (434) 989-3229.
“BELLA”: THE KISSING SPINE CHALLENGE
60 DAYS WITH THERA-TREE® & SMART RIDE RX TECHNOLOGY
The series of photos tell the before and after story of what 60 days of using the Thera-Tree® and only being ridden in Tad Coffin’s Smart Ride Rx saddle looks like. During this time Bella received no other therapies, no supplements or medications, and there was no saddle customization or change in saddle padding or shims to the pad.
Patsy Richards, Bella’s owner, wrote this:
“Miracle. That’s all I can say as I trot my mare. This is Bella. This is the horse who had become so unrideable that two months ago I had discussed euthanasia with my vet. This is the foxhunter prospect I bought with great optimism and then carried for two and a half years of countless vet bills, supplements, saddle fittings, osteopathy, massage therapy, hock injections, consultation with horse whisperers and behavioral experts. And almost no riding. This is the horse we finally x-rayed and found had a clear case of Kissing Spine.
This is Bella moving freely and willingly under saddle. After only eighteen days of consistent use of the Thera-Tree® and riding in Tad’s saddle her next set of x-rays were described by my vet as bringing her within 85 percent of normal spine function.
This is Bella now after just over two months of continued riding and Thera-Tree® “therapy”. Back home and greeting the dawn in her field, lounging contentedly in her stall, heading out calmly for the morning’s work. This is Bella. Walking during the warm up not the least bit concerned about the other mare calling out, not troubled by the workmen using tools and making noise. Trotting with all the softness and confidence of the best riding partner. This is Bella who had become frantic at being left behind, who had refused to walk down to the ring, who had chewed on fences and was fearful of almost everything.
In case you have assumed that it is Olympic Gold Medal riding that explains Bella’s improvement you are wrong. I’m no Tad Coffin—I’m just an average lifelong foxhunter with no advanced or sophisticated riding skills. And this is Bella. Moving just as comfortably under saddle with me back home as she did in Ruckersville with Tad. It’s not the rider—it’s the combination of Thera-Tree® and saddle. There is no question that Tad’s excellence in riding played a critical role. Each time he rode he urged Bella to explore bending and moving her body in ways that had previously generated pain. In doing this she learned to forget the pain and regained her confidence. But in truth, with a Thera-Tree® and Coffin Performance Saddle any of us can achieve a similar result. It may take a bit longer but it’s equipment not the rider.
We’ve all heard testimonials that challenge credulity—I’m now riding and enjoying one every day. This is Bella. And this is Thera-Tree® and SmartRideRx.” -Patsy Richards