SOURCE: Saddletech


August 20, 2015 03:01 ET

4D Measurement - Protecting Horses From Saddles

A New Kickstarter Campaign Is Creating "Measurebly" Better Lives for Horses

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA--(Marketwired - August 20, 2015) - The majority of the world's 58,000,000 riding horses and 100,000,000 pack animals are being injured, to some degree, every day, because their saddles do not "FIT". For more than 20 years, computer saddle-interface-pressure-measurement research has documented that very few saddles actually "DISTRIBUTE PRESSURE EVENLY" on the animal's back.

HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE: in an era of high technology? Because, the international saddle industry does not provide any accurate standard of measurement that would permit the saddle industry, itself, or the saddle consumer to determine which saddle will "accurately" fit their horse.

A new Kickstarter Campaign 4D MEASUREMENT - PROTECTING HORSES FROM SADDLES aims to solve this saddle fitting problem by RENTING the state-of-the-art three-dimensional-horse/saddle-measurement-instrument directly to the consumer, and the computer saddle interface pressure measurement instrument to their veterinarian, so that the "consumer", themselves, and their veterinarian, not the saddle maker, can determine the fit of the saddle more accurately than the saddle maker, before they buy the saddle.

YOU CAN GOOGLE "Saddle Fitting" and a multitude of variations of the "9 Steps of Saddle Fitting" are listed by a number of individuals or organizations claiming some "authority" on the subject. These various saddle fitting methods have four things in common, that challenge the foundation of that very "authority", there are:

1. NO "Calibrated" three-dimensional measurements are provided to define the shape of the horse or the saddle, that would permit an accurate comparison of these two shapes, to be possible.

2. NO "Calculation" to account for the downward "deflection" of the animal's back caused by Gravity, in the form of the Rider's Weight -- which causes the back of the animal to change shape when mounted.

3. NO "Interface Pressure" measurements to validate that any of their saddle fitting methods or saddles actually "distribute the pressure evenly on the horse's back".

4. NO use of the "Scientific Method" applied to Fitting Saddles, to validate any saddle fitting methods.

THE BLUNT TRUTH IS: Few people can actually prove that any saddle fits, because there are NO calibrated measurements available to make any determination.

WHY KICKSTARTER? Because this 4D MEASUREMENT - PROTECTING HORSES FROM SADDLES Kickstarter Funding Campaign is providing a "consumer driven" alternative solution to law enforcement and litigation. This program permits the consumer who are victims of this institutionalized animal abuse, to protect their horses, by empowering the consumer, with the state-of-the-art saddle measurement technology and peer review clinical research that will allow the consumer to make knowledgeable saddle purchase decisions, one saddle at a time.

There are thousands of equestrians who really do want to know if their saddle fits. This Kickstarter Campaign has been organized just for these conscientious equestrians, who want to be sure that their horse is not injured by the saddle.

"Calibrated" 3D Horse and Saddle Measurement will empower the consumer to:

1. Protect their horse from saddle related injury
2. Protect themselves from buying a saddle that does not fit their horse
3. Permit existing saddles to be accurately adjusted to the horse, over time.
4. Provide "evidence" to legally demand a refund and
5. Validate that the 3D gauge measurements are accurate by employing the "Scientific Method"
6. Most importantly, be able to find a saddle that really does fit their horse, employing MATHEMATICS.

What completely differentiates this saddle fitting program from all others is: not only the revolutionary 3D saddle measurement Mk 7 Gauge, itself, but additionally, this Kickstarter campaign also permits the "Fourth Dimension" -- the "computer saddle interface pressure measurement system", itself, to be RENTED directly to the saddle consumer's equine veterinarian.

This reward permits the veterinarian to employ the "scientific method", to validate that these saddle measurements are, in fact, accurate and the saddle pressure is "evenly distributed" on the horse's back. Thereby, providing objective calibrated saddle interface "pressure" measurement evidence that this saddle "Fits" this horse.

However, First, 100 "New and Improved" Saddletech Gauge Mk 7's need to be built. The goal of this Kickstarter Campaign is $160,000 - to 1. build 6 plastic injection molds, 2. the first 100 "Mk 7" Saddletech Gauges and 3. Acquisition of a new wireless computer saddle fitting system for the reward rental program.

This Campaign is seeking 2000 equestrians / visionary backers / animal guardians to "crowd fund" this project by being "rewarded" with the use of one new Mk 7 gauge for $100 a day, with free ($50) 2-way/3-day U.S. shipping. Interestingly, 40% or $60,000 of this Kickstarter Budget is shipping the Gauges for the Rewards. That is $20,000 more than the cost of the injection molds, themselves. An additional reward is the client's veterinarian's use of the $15,000 computer saddle interface pressure measurement instrument for 2% or $350 per day... with support provided by the inventor, himself.

This Kickstarter Campaign is in the finishing touches and is not live, yet. Currently, the inventor is collecting subscribers to the newsletter announcing the Launch of 4D MEASUREMENT - PROTECTING HORSES FROM SADDLES - FUNDING CHAMPAIGN. Once over 2000 subscribers have signed up, (which is a sufficient number of backers to fund the project), this Kickstarter Campaign will go live. So sign up and tell your friends... to protect the horses... and themselves.

Anyone can "Preview" this project vision, goals and history by visiting the websites and clicking on the "Kickstarter" Button on the home page to go to the Kickstarter 4D MEASUREMENT - PROTECTING HORSES FROM SADDLES - Campaign page: The supporting documentary video is available on YouTube at this address:

Inventor of State-of-the-Art Horse and Saddle Measurement Instruments, Pack Saddles, Specialty Hospital Beds and Wooden Respirators. Based in the Silicon Valley for 50 Years.

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Contact Information

  • Robert Ferrand
    3490 Bean Creek Rd
    Scotts Valley, Ca 95066