Let's start with telling you a little 'bit' about usWe are 2FitHorses! We make a difference by working as a team. We are a sparring partner for substantial issues such as contact issues; we are constructively critical, and really think in possibilities and solutions. Complex problems are considered a challenge and are tackled head-on. We believe co-creation and innovation to be very important. Only through collaboration can we reach the desired end goal: a horse that can move up to its full potential.
In late 2012, I was asked to do some research into bits. After a couple of months worth of research, I concluded that all those x-rays were very interesting. However, a picture taken while a horse was standing still and often sedated would never show an image that would reflect reality. After all, a bit is used for riding: so while the horse is in motion! As a result, I quickly began to put theory into practice by literally switching things up: I changed bits to see the effect. To my amazement, the difference was quite noticeable. I also noticed was that the description added by the manufacturer of the bit was not correct. This was my incentive – I developed my biomechanical view of horses and a unique approach to this field. I think it is important to measure precisely what type of pressure distribution each horse requires to achieve that correct level of self-carriage and engagement. This can only be adequately judged when the horse is presented under the saddle while in motion – my second eye-opener.
SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS AND ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO IMPROVE THE HORSE’S LOCOMOTION IS VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART. THAT IS WHAT 2FITHORSES STANDS FOR.
Getting a horse to move to the best of their ability while avoiding potential injuries: that is what I love about my job. When I see a horse that cannot move to the best of its ability and the puzzle is not complete yet, I will not hesitate to use more creative measures to solve this challenge through determination. Gradually, I started to truly distinguish myself in this field. I began by developing a pad, initially meant for ‘difficult’ horses, but soon it became evident that even ‘normal’ horses benefited from pressure distribution. A horse indeed indicates what type of pressure he likes and in what areas!
Even to this day, I am often surprised by what kind of impact a small change can have on a horse. If you want a horse to move optimally down to the smallest detail, you will have to adjust your bridle down to the smallest detail as well. However, this was impossible to achieve using any bridles on the market at the time. That is why I developed my own line of bridles – purely out of frustration. After a year and a half of designing and testing, I finally had the bridle I wanted, and production started. That was three years ago. Girths soon followed, and why stop there? There is so much more under development!
The 2Fit TeamIn addition to Karin, the 2Fit Team includes the following specialists - each an expert in their own field. Together, we can solve any puzzle!
We set high standards
An anatomical bridle and girth in itself are not the answer. But a FITTED anatomical bridle and girth can be since it allows the horse to indicate what feels comfortable. And that is something a rider will immediately feel as an improvement in the contact and locomotion of the horse. And it can make a huge difference... Our mission is to convince all Dutch equestrians!
What we take into the arena
Our bridles and girths are made of top-quality leather and padding. The padding might even be more important than the leather. The comfort is immediately noticeable when you hold our products in your hands! The pads are an essential factor in achieving optimal contact and are a crucial part of the 'fitting'. The 2FitHorses pads have a unique design and are available for underneath the noseband (both flash and drop nosebands) or underneath the headpiece. These pads provide an optimal and even pressure distribution behind the ears or on the lower jaw. The horse will therefore give more easily. Horses find it pleasant, and the rider experiences a more stable and soft contact during riding. In terms of bits, we work with Neue Schule, Trust, and Sprenger. In addition, we have access to a laser to treat, for example, split or cracked lips, a rein pressure device, and we offer medical taping.
Shaping through education
2FitHorses offers a complete educational programme for Biomechanical Fitters that enables you to specialise in contact and locomotion. In addition to biomechanical fitting, we also address everything concerning problems with the corners of the mouth, tongue, neck, contact, and changes to the bars. This course is taught in both Dutch and English. The duration of the course is 1 to 1.5 years. There are three course days every month.
Our NetworkEverything needs to be just right to get the best results from both you and your horse. From farrier to dentist, to name a few examples. If you need to solve a problem, it is even more crucial since you are trying to solve a puzzle as it were. My network consists of experts that I have become well acquainted with and that I turn to for collaborations.
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