Aside World Magazine

Spring 2020 Issue 

2020 ISSO Annual Gathering and Unmounted Clinic

If you couldn't make it to the 2020 ISSO Annual Gathering and Unmounted Clinic on March 7th and 8th in Herndon , VA then you really missed out on a great meeting. At registration each participant was given a great swag bag which included old issues of Aside World, samples of horse products, people treats, lots of other goodies and a booklet that had agendas for each day, copies of talks, presenter contact info, thank you for our sponsors and extra paper to write on.  We started the day by introducing the ISSO board member then went into the programing. The first discussion was lead by Carla Peetros on fixing saddle fit problems - we discussed common fit problems then went through a marriad of saddle pad options available and considerations with each of them. She then went into a second presentation and discussion on broken trees, imparting her knowledge over the years including how to tell when a tree is broken, examples of breaks (this included pictures and actual trees that everyone could look at and feel), options on what can be fixed along with the people to consult and how they go about fixing different breaks. We then had a very illuminating talk on horses backs and side saddle from a vet's perspective by Dr. Laureen Bartfield. She taught us the anatomy of why people suggest waiting until a horse is six years old before starting side saddle, importance of and specific warm-up and cool-down exercises as well as the actual muscles they engage, common treatment modalities available today including pros and cons of each, and finally exercises we can utilize to keep our equine partners going sound for years to come.  

We then had a fabulous lunch provide complementary by ISSO and started back with a very informative talk by Dr. Mary-Anne Ost on helmet safety and dementia. She went over importance of wearing helmets, current helmet technology on the market, as well as dementia related to brain injury and prevention for the future. We then were educated by Mary Beth Walker on how she makes her fabulous helmet hides with hands on access to wigs, hats, helmets, etc. Dr Laureen Bartfield contributed to the talk with her collection of commercially available helmet hide hats including derbies, straw hats, western hats, and other options available. We then pulled out members projects and discussed ideas on how to improve them or start on new ones- the biggest part of the discussion was around top hat ideas which I am sure you can imagine! Kate Hopkins then did a wonderful talk on everything to do with aprons-design concerns, materials, safety considerations, modifications of vintage garments, patterning, etc. It certainly was a whirlwind exploration in a short amount of time. Our last discussion was on instructor certification and grading systems available for side saddle led by Shelly Liggett. We had a lots of questions and dialogue around options available for not only our organization but all the side saddle organizations as well as implications to amateur status and how we can get more people going side saddle without breaking eligibility. We then had a quick wrap up before we broke to get ready for the banquet that night. 

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