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Len,
  Just wanted to send you a note.  I tried the corrector yesterday, it was amazing the difference it made on my horse.  I couldnt get my Tennessee Walker to extend his walk because it was uncomfortable for him, after riding him yesterday with the corrector, it was like riding a different horse.  All he wanted to do was get into his natural extended gait and go for it, it was great.  I've got a new horse now because of the corrector.
Thanks Len,
Debbie Brix, Veronia, OR

My 22 yr old foxtrotter, I'm 240# +corrector, Len
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This MO> Foxtrotters shoulders have never been hurt by a saddle. Does your horse move like this?

Roberta Franchimone, Santa Monica, CA.
Hi Len,
    I wanted to tell you ow my CorrecTor is working out for my Missouri Foxtrotter, Banjo. It's just great. If you recall, I mentioned to you that since I had him body-clipped, his hair was being rubbed off at the loin area on both sides. I used the Corrector with the shims at first (I know this was the opposite way of how you told me!). Anyway, it turns out I don't need the shims at all. I have been riding with the envelope pad ever since I got it and no Rubbing off of any more hair. I love the corrector and Envelope also. It's just beautiful. Thank you Len!    Roberta 

HI Len, It's Pat Schlaich out in Glendale, CA. We have the chestnut mare that had the roaning with the new expensive $2000.00 saddle, and the corrector totally handled the problem.
     Well it's been a year or more and my husband got a new cool pad for his mare, unfortunately he did not put the corrector underneath it, and a few weeks ago the roaning came back.
      Well needless to say the corrector is now underneath this new cool pad and already I can see that the roaning is going away.
     I also had another realization regarding the corrector and that is, that as your horses weight fluctuates throughout the year, the corrector keeps the horse from experiencing any adverse effects from the saddle due to weight gain or loss.
   I have just purchased a Mo. Foxtrotter and after reviewing all the information on your website have decided that I need to buy a corrector for him. Not that my current saddle and pad don't work, but because he is just a little over 4yrs of age and still growing and developing muscle etc. I don't want him to experience the adverse effects that can happen when wearing a saddle.
     I used my mare's corrector on him this morning and he really was moving smoothly and seemed to be lighter overall. Anyway, I will be calling you soon so I can order a corrector for our new boy.
   Thank you again Len for this wonderful invention, it just puts my mind at ease that we are doing the right thing for our horses by using the Corrector every time we go out.  Pat & dave Schlaich, Glendale, California.   

Susan Yacavone, Plainfield, NH.
 Hello Len,
 Been snowed in for a couple of weeks. Just got to ride today. Oh. So that's how Amir is supposed to walk, trot. Hum. I didn't ride far but I noticed especially going downhill, while he has been prone to be quite stiff and uncomfortable, like he is trying to hold the saddle (and me) back. Stiff gait, bumpy ride. Today he flowed into his walk with ease, his head was down, and he was obviously comfortable.
 I was so ready to drop you a kind but, firm note saying that it just didn't work and thanks anyway. More $$$$ down the tubes! I will try my other 2 horses and report back. I remember your said I perhaps won't need the shims for the others??? Also, I used only the Corrector today, but I can use a blanket right? I bet your get some really silly questions from people who should know better....it's just my obsessive_compulsive disorder showing! Thanks again, Susan  PS> she used it a lot on her horses since, it's still working. Len

Peter Bosman of Huertecilla, Spain
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Peter, a historian, discriminating horsman, and author in Spain

Buenas Len,
Are you familiar with "The Man From Snowy River"; with the most spectacular real life horse riding in modern cinema?
did a descend like that; 200 meters over the slope, just under 150 meters hight-difference, in galop; my mare is SO incredibly sure footed under the CorrecTOR because she feels less restricted that she grows more confident, therefor I, therefor she, thus we as a team :-) Yes, without bridle/reins because we (she-me) nver use these anymore and it was like riding Pegasus: I was high all night:-)
The slope is in the mountain-shadow so still frozen soil with a rockstrewn mudfilm.  She was PERFECT!
Going out for a 15 mile trot now, bye.
Peter Bosman, Huertecilla, Spain

Hi Len, I like the corrector just fine. I've been using it on three rides now, and started out without shims and then added two front shims. Otherwise the forward hung stirrups on the Imus saddle will swing forward too much so that I can't put any weight into them.
   It fits just fine into the "envelope" type cover that came with the self inflating "Equi Air" pad (which sprung a leak in no time at all and got thrown out a few years ago).
    When I cinch it up good an tight it keeps the saddle in place very well, especially for mounting, but it does loosen so I have to tighten it again after about half an hour.    I now understand that yor meant to tighten the cinch from both sides, rather than pulling all the slack on one side only. The horse seems very comfortable and I can see where it will keep the bars from digging in during turns, stops or going downhill. The saddle itself fits her well, but there will be many times when guests come to ride and I will have to use saddles that won't fit so well. I still hope to buy a few more in time so I can send one corrector with each of the two horses that I hope to sell every year. 
    I do wonder if the horse wouldn't like something cushioning underneath it, but I suppose that you researched it and decided it works better without.
                                          Jani London, Charlie Lake, B.C. Canada
                                   (Jani  raises and trains Gaited horses, Len)  
                                                                                                                         

Hi Len,
  Actually this is my third corrector.  I have four horses I let other people ride.  So when I can save up for a fourth, I'll be purchasing another probably.  We ride all winter long, the horses have snow rims and borium on their shoes.  I'll probably be purchasing one for a friend soon too, she's alsways buying new saddles like I was doing.  My horse is finally happy, well happier.  He's kind of grumpy by nature.
Thanks for you note, appreceate that.  Take care, thanks for what you do!
Tietje *Tilly*

Hi Len, 
    I received the Envelope pad today. Thank you for making the exchange for me. Your pad Is the only pad I use now. It works with every saddle and every horse just as you said. Thanks again,
                                                                                             Nancy Plagge,  Sheffield, Iowa
            PS> Nancy is a very serious Barrel Racer, her husband is a Cutter. Len

Michelle McMillen & Russel,
Michelle, with the Paint Russel, 6 mo. training!
Dressage @ Devonwood, quite an improvement for 6 mos. with the Corrector, placed 3rd to 2 W/B Stalli

Dear Len,
      I have to say that I am very disappointed in you and your comments regarding the use of the treeless saddle on your site.  Although I doubt very seriously you will care, I still felt it necessary to contact you and share my experience with the treeless saddle and the corrector pad.  A little less than a year ago I contacted you requesting more information about the corrector pad and how it would work with a Bob Marshal treeless saddle.  Initially all I got from you were halfbaked answers and an invitation to visit your testimonial page and order my corrector today!  After pressuring you to spell out for me in minute detail how you felt the corrector would work with my saddle and even drawing me a picture, I felt that you finally clearly answered my questions and made a good case for how the corrector would improve my saddle fit.
      Soon after that I was fortuanate enough to come across a lady selling the corrector pads at Equifest in KS and puchased one from her that weekend.  Since that time I have ridden my MFT gelding regularly using the corrector pad under my regular skito pad and treeless saddle.  I have been extremely happy with the results.  The wear patterns on the corrector are almost an exact match to the ones you show on your site and my horse's gaits have improved dramatically.  I am a heavy weight rider 250+ and never have any problems now with dry spots or white spots as I had in the past with other saddles and pads.  I ride anywhere from 2-3 days a week usually 4-6 hrs. on a variety of terrain.  The treeless saddle in combination with the Skito equalizer pad and your Corrector pad are doing the trick.  As a matter of fact the large white spot that was developing on my gelding's back right under my seat bones has gotten smaller with each coat change over the last year and is probably half the size it was.  His new winter coat is starting to come in and I think the white may be completely gone.  Another interesting fact is that since using the corrector my horse no longer acts girthy when being cinched up.
        Now i see info posted on your site that leaves me with the impression you no longer believe the corrector pad works effectively with the treeless saddle.  It's hard to separate actual facts from your rantings and figure out just exactly why you no longer feel that the treeless saddle can be used effectively with the corrector pad.  So again I am asking you spell it out for me.  You efectively made a case once before to me as to why the corrector was the answer to all my prayers.  Now I want to know the truth straight from the horse's mouth so to speak.  Why have you changed your tune?
Sincerely,
Tiffany Whited
P.S.  I really do think you are a brilliant man and that you have developed an exceptional product, however an expert in website design you are not!  Please seriously investigate the benefits of hiring a professional web designer to do the work on your website.  Your business would benefit greatly from it as I am sure there are many like me that can't separate the facts from the rants.
This is Tiffany's reply AFTER Len's answer to her letter above:
Len,
         I am glad to hear you appreciated the feedback.  I too am a straightforward speaking kind of gal.  As if you couldn't tell lol.  Anyway, I was less concerned with offending you than I was that you just simply wouldn't really care what I thought.  I do appreciate your straight forward comments, however at times they are hard to follow and out of context on the website.  Since, for legal reasons I am sure you have to leave out some of the detail, it isn't always clear what you are talking about.  I also think you should add a discussion board to your site, that way we could all benefit from a sharing of information between yourself and the various visitors to your site.
        The biggest reason I went to a treeless saddle was because I was at my wit's end trying to find a saddle that fit my extra wide, broad shouldered, short cacked MFT gelding.  I had gone through a number of saddles and hadn't had any luck.  The last saddle I tried before i went to the treeless was the Tex Tan Flex tree.  It was the worst!  My horse bucked anytime my weight shitfted to the front which made it quite interesting when going up and down steep hills.  At the time I bought my treeless saddle you hadn't yet come out with the corrector.  I tried out the BM treeless saddle several times before I actually bought one.  My horse changed his way of going  and was actually comfortabe for a change, (I know it was just because the pressure ws shifted to new areas, but it was still an improvement).  From research I learned that the Skito equalizer pad was the recommended pad for use with the BMSS because of it's ability to spread the pressure out over a wider surface area and the fact that it created a channel for the spine.  I had my pad special made with my weight taken into consideration so that I would get maximum equalization.  I knoew that these two things alone wouldn't work for my horse permanenetly but it was better than what I had before.  Shortly after I purchased my custom BMSS I discovered the Corrector and felt that from what I had gleaned from your website and e-mails that it would further spread out the pressure and help to protect the spine.  It has done exactly what I expected out of it and has worked wonderfully.
       Another reason I went with the Corrector was because I was tiered of trying to find a saddle that would work on my horse and ME.  I like the way this saddle rides and fits me and really don't have another $1500+ to fork out for yet ANOTHER saddle.  That's why I went with the Corrector... at the time you said you felt it would make any saddle work and for me it has.  I ride all three of our gaited horses in the same combination which works great for all three.
       I don't really care if you slam "treeless" saddles or any other saddle for that matter.  After being spoiled to the comfort of the treeless I tried riding a friend's Tucker.  I couldn't believe she paid that kind of money to be tortured in such a manner LOL.  It was like straddleing a two by four!  You are entitled to your opinion as are we all, however I felt that your treatise was a complete face to the e-mail conversations we had almost a year ago.  Sort of set me off... so to speak ;).  I would love to chat with you more on the subject and will give you a call sometime next week.
Tiffany

Len,
Just wanted to let you know that I've enjoyed using your saddle pad.  It really seems to make a difference to the horse.  I use it with a dressage saddle for pleasure riding.  The saddle had been professionally fitted twice, but the horse was never happy about being saddled.  Now that I use your pad, he doesn't seem to mind!
Cheers,
Kris Adrian
Western Australia   

HUNTER FLEECE ENVELOPE & NATALIE MY DAUGHTER,
NEW HUNTER FLEECE ENVELOPE PAD CLOSE CLEAN, CLASSY
LOOKS LIKE A SNOW BLOWER, WE COULDN'T WAIT UNTIL SPRING TO PICTURE THE NEW JUMPER ENVELOPE!

Dear Len,
      I used the Corrector, yesterday, with my Express Lite Ortho-Flex with the panels removed.  I was gone for 2 mos., and couldn't wait to try it.
     Jaimie and I rode for about an hour, and I swear his gaits were more balanced and free.  I checked his back last night after grooming and again this morning, and no sore spots.  I will ride again this evening and look forward to seeing the obvious improvement I experienced, yesterday. 
     If the Corrector continues to work this well with my Express Lite, I may remove the panels from my POM.  I loved the feeling of being closer with the horse, also.
Sincerely,
Catherine James
Catherine's response after more riding, below.

Hi Len,
    I wanted to let you know that I removed the panels from my Patriot Officers Model saddle and tried the Corrector with DAP with it.  Len, the difference that the Corrector made with my balance and comfort, especially my knees, was nothing short of amazing.  My TWH, Skipper, has always shaken his body, furiously, anytime we would stop to rest, and when we would get back, he would shake so hard that I had a time getting the saddle off without it falling.  He did not shake one time in the 2 hrs. that we rode.  The saddle never slipped forward or back, and most importantly, I was level in the saddle instead of constantly shifting my body to get more even in the stirrups.  My horse was much more attentive, and seemed to enjoy the ride.  I know without a doubt, that I have found an all-in-one answer to the problems that I have had in the past.
       I have already told you that my other TWH did great with the Express Lite and the Corrector with DAP.  Now, I would like to order a navajo envelope to use with my POM.  Have you designed any other colors or shapes that might not be on your web site?  I am going to buy another corrector to use with the navajo envelope,so that I will have one for each horse, when they are both being ridden together.  You had told me that the Std. Western Corrector will work fine with my POM, so I just need to know about the navajo envelope.
Thank you so much,
Catherine James

Hi Len,
     What  a surprise; I wasn't expecting to hear directly from you!  I'm so excited to get my Corrector, I can't wait to try it out.  I think I found you when surfing the net, and doing research on the Orthoflex saddles, which I originally thought I would invest in one, but after reading your site about the Corrector, and some good reviews on Endurance.net, I thought I would try that out first. 
     Currently I'm sponsoring a 17 hh TB who does not have a good fitting saddle.  Her owner has only had her for about 6 months, 3 of which she was off.  I just started riding her about a month ago, and getting her back in shape.  I really just do basic schooling in the arena, but primarily I like to traiul ride.  None of the saddles in the tack room fit her very well; there is one with decent wither clearance, but I think it pinches her badly on downhills ( and I can't find a crupper either), and when jumping (although I'm a total novice when it comes to saddle fitting).  So I've just been hopping off and walking her on the downhills.  That saddle also has a pretty good sweat pattern, except in the hollows.  So I'm hoping the Corrector will help out with these problems.
Thanks for your note, let me know if you have any tips for me!
Michele
This is the e-mail she sent Len after getting the Corrector:
Hi Len,
     Just wanted to let you know the Corrector works great!  I can really tell she's moving a lot more comfortably and freely.  Especially on the downhills, no more pinching.
Thanks!
Michele

Len it's working great on my foxtrotter- of course, she's still nursing her filly so we don't get to ride her very far or for very long, but I had no idea just how much pressure the saddle was placing on her shoulders before your pad - I expect it will work just as great for our new gelding - his saddle appears to fit him pretty good, but I don't want to wait for the pain and behavior problems to begin to find out we need another of your great pads.  Thanks again!
Denise

Len,
I just had to write and tell you THANK YOU for such a wonderful product!  I have ridden my mare only 4 times with the Corrector and we have had improvement every day in taking her left lead.  Today, she is taking it after just a couple of steps after I ask her, no more fighting with her to take the left lead.  She is a much happier horse and I can tell a difference in how she is carrying her back.  Before the Corrector, she looked like her back was getting really low and the area behind her shoulders would look caved in after riding.  Now, her back is back to normal, no more dents where her saddle sits and no rubbing.  She even is not getting as sweaty as before and I am riding longer.  I can't believe what a difference this has made.  Another plus is I can feel my horse better.  I will never be without one of these for as long as I am able to ride.
I have a question on using the shims.  I have all 3 on the left, none on the right and have my right stirrup 2 holes longer, left stirrup 1 hole shorter.  She is getting better every time I ride.  How long should I ride this way?  She doesn't seem to try to throw me off the wrong diagonal, but I have noticed going to the right, she does not like to long trot too long.  She keeps trying to quit when I'm posting the wrong diagonal ( it is very hard to do going to the right too).  She's not taking her left lead right when I ask, but just a couple of steps after asking.  I'm thinking I should keep riding this way for a while, but thought I should ask you for how lng.  I don't want to goof up her right lead by doing it too long.
How long does the Corrector last?  Is there a point when they wear out?  I dont want to be without one, so you better let me know if you ever quit making them!  I love the envelope too.  My other mare (20 years old) has a shoter back than my young one, so this Corrector is too long for her.  I dont have a staddle that fits her yet either as she has really big shoulders, short low back and high rear end.  Do you have any recommendations for a saddle for her?  If I can find one, then I would order another Corrector for her.
Thanks again and I will keep you posted.  I'm thrilled so far though!
Debbie Trujillo

Hi Len,
    First let me say I love my Corrector.  I've had it about a year now and can't imagin not having it.  It works great on all my horses, from my high withered QH to my younger horses that are going through awkward growing spurts.  It has also lead to 2 other boarders in the barn to buying one as well.  Now for my question.  I am currently looking at a Tex Tan show saddle.  After reading your site and seeing that you were very heavily involved with Tex Tan I was wondering what your opinion of their EquiTex tree is?  Is this the tree you worked on or is this a newer form.  Any information you can give me would be great and I apprciate your time.
 
Keep up the great work!!
Jenni King
Peoria, IL
 
To anyone concerned, I do not promote Flex Tree saddles of any brand nor am I associated with Tex Tan in any way.  I would not put a TYPICAL Flex Tree saddle on my horse. YOU CAN'T BALANCE THE RIDER IF THEY ACTUALLY FLEX & SOME DO, SOME DON'T.  Regards, Len  

Hi Len,
I've just placed another order for 2 additional "The Corrector" pads.  If you remember, I import warmbloods to the U.S. primarily for the Dressage and Hunter/Jumper markets.  Its been a real ordeal to get our saddles to fit all the different types I've imported and trained.  With "The Corrector", I don't have the need for all the different H/J saddles and the same in the dressage saddles, dramatically reducing my saddle inventory.
I've used this pad to help with saddle fitting issues in both disciplines and can't begin to tell you what a difference it has made.  I've seen horses that are so sore and miserable (actually becoming lame from the saddle fitting issues in some cases) really improve and change their dispositions dramatically.  I've seen improvement in movement, jumping ability and changes in the muscle development over their backs.
I cann't say enough good about "The Corrector" pad.  Riders and their horses would be well served to investigate what you have to offer!
Thanks
Diane ban den Berg
Euro Pferde Centre LLC
Bend, Oregon

Diane has used the Corrector everyday for 3 years
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Jumping, Dressage, Endurance, or Trail, the English Corrector WORKS !

I love it!  From the first day, she eased up her shoulders and has started to pick up her leads.  Her lope is much easier to ride and she doesn't seem to bee running away (from the pain) as she did before.  I'm most impressed with the sweat pattern after using the corrector.  Both sides of her back sweat evenly - there are no hot, dry spots now - even with me still using Dad's great saddle!
     Remember, I had puchased every type and thickness of saddle pad I could before finding the corrector.  Now all I need is a garage sale.  Thank you for your help.  Roxann

I just got my corrector and sock and have tried it out a few times.  What a difference on my horse!  He no longer drops his back or balks at hills.  He is now a very happy pony!!  And so am I!! Now I feel comfortable taking him out on the long trail rides... I didn't realize that trail riding could be this great!  Thanks, Jen

Hello Mr. Brown:    I just wanted to let you know that I am very pleased with the corrector pad I recently purchased.  We spent a week riding in the Missouri Ozarks and the pad worked great!  I placed in as per your instructions; used on the line on the pad as a guide for my saddle and was very pleased.  My saddle did not roll; moved very little up on the shoulders when going down hills (and we go down some pretty steep ones) - and best of all I had no dry spots on the withers, which was my problem before I got the corrector.  I also feel my horse's back stayed rounded more.  I ride a small quarter horse with a long stride and once in awhile he felt strung out.  With the corrector, he just "felt" more together.  I palpated his back/shoulders after each ride and there was no appearant tenderness.  I think the corrector is a good tool even if you "think" your saddle fits your horse.
Thanks again,
Pat Jackson

Dear Mr. Brown:
Just wanted to write and give you an update on our use of the corrector pad.  My first ride was not a great one, but I soon found out it wasn't the corrector causing the problem.  After saddling up with a few friends I needed to use the ladies room, so I had the hubby hold my horse while I took care of business.  My husband "God Bless Him"  is not a horseman, his idea of horsepower is riding his John Deere.  Anyhow the girls and I were off and planned on a good 3-4 hr. ride in the Manistee National Forest.  Things were going pretty smooth untill we got maybe an hour into the ride.  BJ suddenly started to act quite strange.  He throws temper tantrums occasionally and will stomp his back right foot to let me know he's ticked about something.  He started to quickly turn to the left, throw his head, with front feet coming off the ground and then stomping his back foot.  After several times of doing this through the course of the ride, I though to myself something is wrong.  Could the pad be pinching him?  It was the only thing new, I thought.  The girls kept reassuring me he was only throwing a temper tantrum and just kep him going straight.  So everytime I felt him start to turn to the left, I put a little more pressure on the right rein.  He just got madder.  So I got off him and walked him a little and he seemed fine, although he was playing a little more than usual with his bit.  I decided to head back to camp and give up the ride for the day.  Once I got back and took off the saddle and corrector I checked his back for pinching or rubbing, nothing? In fact his back was completely wet, no dry spots like I got from the other pads.  I thought this is strange.  Then I proceeded to unbridle him and BINGO there was the problem.  Apparently my hubby let him graze (alot) while I was taking care of business before the ride and he had a web of grass the size of a half dollar whined around the right side of his mout piece.  It was so tight I had to cut it off with a knife.  Boy did I feel bad.  Needless to say the next day out we went again and what a ride.  BJ never would hold still for me to put the saddle pad on (this day he did).  He would never let me mount him without moving around(this day he did).  Once out on the trail he moved right out with nice long strides and when my Arab horse girlfriends wanted to canter, he went right into his gait and we went right on by them and left them in the dust.  So needless to say my Kentucky Mountain horse BJ and I, >THANK YOU.  I will keep you posted and wanted to let you know I passed on your web page to other gaited horse people and then some.
Denise Moon
Dunica, MI

English or Western the principles are the same !
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Ft. Shields are Flexible Levers that POSITION YOUR SADDLE , SHOULDERS DO THE WORK OF BENDING THEM !

Hi there Len,
    You certainly have my permission to use the report on your website. I have had the chance to try it on two other horses in the past two days, so here is some more fuel for the fire.                         The first horse was an Icelandic gelding, 8 yrs. old, an import from Iceland. A nice looking example of the breed, small and sturdy, low broad withers; about average on the difficulty of finding the proper placement for the saddle for most of our volunteers. The advice on your website about how to always find the edge of the scapula is proving very useful in educating the less experience volunteers!  This little fellow has always been very popular for his quiet and calm demeanor, read as he has long ago figured out how to tune our the class in which he was being used. He has never been willing to make much effort under saddle unless the rider was working really hard to get him moving, always like that in the class environment, usually better out on a trail ride or just riding in the pasture. I rode him in his Icelandic saddle, which he typically is ridden in, and the first thing I noticed as we began our ride was how much more energy he put into just walking, and how he offered to Tolt and Pace at the first cue, and this is in the arena which is his usual dull class environment. It was unprecedented with this horse, but very much what I have experience every time using the CorrecTOR. I'm not a very experience gaited horse rider, but I certainly felt more accomplished with the  correcTOR making things work. This horse's owner aquired him for a very reasonable price because he had been found lacking in the kind of action and energy in his gaits that were expected of him. I believe he may have more potential than previously believed... 
    The second horse was a Percheron gelding, also 8 years old, not a great example of the breed conformationally, already developing a dropped back, but with very well made sloping shoulder and pronounced withers, but a hollowing behind the shoulder leading to a short back, a combination that makes for some interesting saddling issues. This is another one of the quiet, "tuning ot the world he doesn't care for" horses; he can be more lively in different environments. For this horse I used a dressage saddle that fits him as well as can be expected, an off the rack type, not even a draft breed specific saddle.  
     Saddles have typically ended up too far back because of his prominent withers and dropped back, and I had my doubts about the CorrecTOR being able to fit where it needed to go to do it's best work. No fear, it was flexible enough to follow the withers and dropped back, and after placing the saddle on the CorrecTOR where it belongs , girthing up and getting on, the saddle was level, had enough clearance between gullet and withers, and I didn't need to shim, front or rear.     After going up and down hill, walk, trot and canter around one of our pastures, neither CorrecTOR or saddle had moved, and our test subject was moving willingly in a nice, comfortable frame. Also noteworthy, was that this was the first time I've ridden him where he offered a canter depart at the slightest leg cue, usually he'll grudgingly move off only after a very thorough and convincing set of cues.  I must admit that I'm still surprized at what lively and capable horses we have hiding inside those usually stolid, unprepossessing creatures I see in class. I thought we had done a pretty good job of saddle "fitting" and maybe we had, but they never "worked" this well before.  Even the poor fits work great; I know you mention it now, but I think you should more strongly emphasize on your web site that all the traditional enemies of a good saddle fit for the horse are the very thing that make the sadle work so well with the CorrecTOR in the equation; Weight, and pressure, etc. It's a delight to see and feel the horse realize how much more freedom of action they have with the CorrecTOR. Some seem a little worried at first, that they are securely saddled and have a riders weight, but a free shoulder and back.  Perhaps a little confused by the contradictions in what old experiences have taught them and what their new experience is teaching them. They've all quickly adjusted to it, it probably helps that the freedom of action isn't compromised by a shifting load; the CorecTOR and saddle have stayed in place very well. All of the horses I've tested so far have also shown more flexibility turning and bending, and also more willingness to halt square and  balanced. I thought I had a good appreciation of how broad are the effects of saddle fit on the horses performance and behavior, but this has really put an exclamation point on everything I had learned before.          The centering and prevention of slipping mechanisms of the CorrecTOR are hugely useful also, and they don't require another product to buy, such a deal!
    Please feel free to use any of this on your website that you find useful.  I appreciate your interest in my opinion on how the CorecTOR is working for myself and the horses I ride, and I shall continue to provide feedback as I use it for more horses and different circumstances. A great idea beautifully executed, I thank you and the horses thank you!,Paul                    Paul J. Mears
                         Ita Erat Quando Hic Advendi

The hundreds of testimonials have grown into Thousands>>>  It's very satisfying to help so many
horses and their owners. I know some folks say: "Well
you would only put on the positive stories & not what
doesn't work." It is hard to find a story of someone that
really tried the Corrector and it didn't work! I have very
few customers that weren't happy with it's performance.
   I remember a few, one who said her saddle still rolled
when she got on. That's the only thing she bought the
Corrector for... by golly she was going to sell it because it
didn't fix "her" problem... Such is life, Len