The connection between horse and rider
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This diploma is about redesigning the traditional horse saddle. The equestrian community is often described as conservative and stucked in traditions. With a inner structure based on an almost 200 years old design, the saddle is no exception. As we get more knowledge about the horse’s anatomy and its interaction with the saddle, it is found that traditional saddles are not a good solution in many cases. If a saddle is well fitted it will not do any harm, unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Many horses wear saddles that do not fit and the consequenses is pain and injuries. The main reason why, is uncertainty and because the saddle fit service requires a lot of the two users, horse and rider. Since the two users do not speak the same language, it can be difficult to understand the signals. If the horse’s behavior change the reason is not always obvious and many riders tests other things before taking the step to a saddle fitter. The saddle fit process is often time consuming, expensive and demanding, and gives no guarantees By exploring new technology I have trid to find new solutions that can make the saddle fit process more user friendly. I came across a heat moldable foam, which easily The horse’s experience of the saddle and rider became important to me during the process. It is our responsibility to prevent the horse from discomfort when we choose to ride them, and the horse should not suffer if a rider has difficulty following the rhythm or landing hard after a jump. By placing a shock absorber between the horse and rider, I wanted to achieve a softer contact. My final proposa is an ergonomic and re-moldable saddle that absorbs impact. This has mainly been an product design project, but I have also used skills from system oriented design during my prosess. In the beginning I used GIGA - mapping to identify problems and opportunities and to get an overview of those involved. provides ergonomic fit.