Certified Equine Ergonomist Course


6 months of access




The Certified Equine Ergonomist course teaches students everything they need to know to properly assess any saddle, regardless of brand, to both horse and rider and make the necessary recommendations to alleviate pain and discomfort.

This course takes place both online and in the barn, with various in barn dates scheduled around the globe to give students every opportunity to attend. The in-barn portion allows students to practice under the guidance of a certified Saddlefit 4 Life® teacher, the theories learned online and offers the chance to work one-on-one with the teacher and teaching assistants.

The in barn portion is required for those wishing to complete the externship and become certified.

Syllabus – Online

  • History of saddle making
  • Industry trends and challenges
  • Technology & Saddle fit
  • Circle of influence
  • Equine musculoskeletal structures
  • Negative reflex points as related to saddle fitting
  • Asymmetry in horses
  • Growth stages and development
  • The saddle support area
  • Physical damage caused by poor saddle fit – Horse & rider
  • Postural changes caused by poor saddle fit
  • Behavioral changes caused by poor saddle fit
  • Human anatomy and biomechanics
  • Equine anatomy and biomechanics
  • Common rider health issues
  • Rider asymmetry
  • A look at the saddle – in depth
  • The 8 common saddle fits
  • Rider & Saddle evaluation
  • Saddle & Horse evaluation
  • Static fit evaluation
  • Dynamic fit evaluation

Syllabus – In Barn

  • Hands on practice of learned theories
  • One-on-one time with certified teacher
  • Rider to Saddle assessment
  • Saddle to Horse static assessment
  • Saddle to Horse dynamic assessment
  • Externship tools and information
  • *Required for certification


  • Complete & submit 30 student evaluations of personal/friend/family horse and riders
  • Make necessary changes and corrections as outlined by the Saddlefit 4 Life® certified teacher

Students have 6 months to complete this course and register for the In-Barn portion.

The course price includes:

  • Online course registration fee
  • In-Barn course registration fee (minus reservation fee of $199 CAD)
  • Course materials
  • In-Barn course food & snacks
  • Ongoing support from instructors