Horse, Saddle and Rider Interaction

Dr Anne Bondi, BHSI

Equine Bodyworkers
Massage Therapists
Saddlery & Tack Shop Owners
Trimmers & farriers
Equine health care professionals
Horse Owners 
Skills to saddle fit to horse AND rider
Strong theory foundation 
Emphasis on practical skills
Supportive class environment
Morning & Afternoon Tea
35+ hrs of class time 
Guided 'in the field' externship
Internationally recognised teacher 
Dr Anne Bondi  
Australia: $2,495 AUD + GST
New Zealand: $2,695 NZD

The Equinology® Horse, Saddle and  Fit for Equine Health Care Professionals is an evidence-based approach designed to improve the knowledge and skills of equine health care practitioners, saddle fitters, coaches, riders and owners. 

Spanning 5 days on site, and 4 months externship you will learn not only how to fit the saddle correctly, but leave armed with an abundance of skills to address common saddle fitting problems. The course is suited to anyone who is already in the Equine Health industry (equine body workers, veterinarians, chiropractors, farriers/trimmers, dentists) or those who simply have an interest in learning how to saddle fit for their own horses. 

Our teacher for this program is Dr Anne Bondi, Director of the Saddle Research Trust (SRT), a charitable organisation that was established to lead and support research in to the influence of saddles on the welfare, performance and safety of horses and riders using scientific and objective methods.

Dr Bondi presents an engaging, independent and practical course steeped in an abundance of research to support the course content. The course includes slides, examples of trees, pads, saddles, measuring devices, templates, demonstrations and a variety of horses with saddle fitting issues. The classroom theory sessions incorporate audio visual resources that explain course concepts which are then followed by practical sessions to demonstrate the theory, test the validity and gain hands-on practical experience. Please note: side-saddles are covered in open discussion only. 

Course Outline

​​All of the following topics are included in this class:

  • Saddle design: history, innovations & alternatives

  • Saddle assessment: design, safety & condition

  • Saddle fitting criteria

  • Assessing the horse

  • Back measurements

  • Assessing the rider

  • Horse, saddle and rider interaction

  • Clinical Reasoning: Saddle fitting assessment teams

  • Saddle testing demonstrations

  • Saddle testing teams

  • Saddle Fitting Interventions and Their Effects

  • Demo - effect of interventions

  • Clinical Reasoning: Intervention teams​

This course is perfect for: 

Anyone already in the equine health care industry, coaches, trainers, dentists, farriers or those who have an interest in learning how to correctly fit a saddle to horse and rider. 


There are no pre-requisites for enrolment in to this class and it is suitable for those beginning their studies.

However, we expect you to arrive in class with introductory saddle fitting and anatomy knowledge. 

If you are brand new to saddle assessment and fitting we require you to purchase the book 'The Horse's Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit book, by Joyce Harman DVM and be across the concepts presented in this book. 


If you are brand new to equine anatomy then we require you to enrol in the EQ50 Online Equine Anatomy course. 

The EQ50 Equinology Online Equine Anatomy course is a suggested (but not required) pre course option for students with limited anatomy knowledge. You can register for this course at the Equinology Inc website: http://www.equinology.com/info/course.asp?courseid=73   

Important Info:  

​Class starts promptly at 8:00 am each day & concludes at 5:30 pm.

Please plan to arrive at 7:45 am on Day 1 to allow for registration. 

We take 1 hr for lunch in this class. 


Required Text:

  • The Horse's Pain-Free Back and Saddle-Fit Book by Joyce Harman, DVM



  • The Horse in Motion: The Anatomy and Physiology of Equine Locomotion by Pilliner, Elmhurst and Davies

  • Recognising the Horse in Pain by Dr. Joanna Robson

  • Saddle Fitting A to Z: DVD by Dr. Kerry Ridgway


Certification notes:  

This course is required for the Equinology® Equine Body Worker Level 3 certification.


To obtain the EEBW 3 Certification you must have completed the EEBW 2 certification first (courses can be taken in any order). If you are just starting out you can attend this as your first course. 


​$2,495 AUD + GST / $2,695 NZD ($500 deposit)

Saddle Fitting Course Learn how to fit a saddle for both horse and rider