Ardall 

Ardall is a company based out of Ireland.  Norris Horsemanship became a US promoter for Ardall. Below is a little biography about the company.

 

“Necessity is the mother of invention.”

So goes the old saying, and so it was with the Ardall Safety Rider and now with the new Ardall Pro-Fit Studs.

The Ardall Safety Rider is the brainchild of Paul Murphy. Born into a family of horse dealers, trainers and riders based near the town of Castlemaine in County Kerry, Ireland, Paul experienced from an early age, the difficulties and dangers involved in backing untrained horses for the first time. Spurred on by the growing general awareness of safety and by a personal interest in making his own life easier, Paul set about inventing the Ardall.

About five years were invested in the development of the Ardall Safety Rider. From very rough beginnings, the prototype was revised and refined until it became what it is today; effective yet elegant and above all, affording a level of safety to the initial backing of untrained horses heretofore unknown. Derived from the Gaelic “Ardal” meaning “high valour”, the Ardall Safety Rider was designed to conquer the often unpredictable and unsafe behaviour of bucking young horses without any stress, rendering the horse calm and safe to ride. The Ardall can also be used for training performance horses.

First launched at the 2011 Dublin Horse Show, the Ardall Safety Rider has been applauded by safety specialists and horse lovers alike.

The 2013 Dublin Horse Show saw the launch of the revolutionary new Pro-Fit Stud. This patented design will put an end to the frustration felt by horse riders and grooms everywhere over the nightmarish struggle to fit studs to horses. So quick to fit and simple to remove, the revolutionary, patented design of this new stud allows 8 Pro-Fit Studs to be fitted to one horse in less than 2 minutes, putting an end to the curse of broken taps and dodgy threads!

 

Ardall  SR1 and SR2

Hasn’t there been a seismic shift in the way safety is perceived in our society?

You don’t have to cast your mind back too far at all to recall talk of “real” men, who would take on any kind of risk to their wellbeing to avoid the humiliation of being labelled a “sissy.” It has taken innumerable injuries, immense pain and even the unnecessary loss of life for the penny to finally drop, that safety IS important. Now legislation has kicked in, making it obligatory for employers, product suppliers and entertainment providers, to bring safety up to the top of their agendas. This is the environment into which the Ardall was born.

The Ardall takes away the danger and stress of backing an untrained or unused horse and offers the potential of greatly enhancing the physical and emotional wellbeing to those who use it. Safe and simple to use, the Ardall can even save lives by sparing its owners from a potentially fatal fall from a frightened horse. Did you know that almost 60% of patients with horse-related injuries admitted to the Emergency Department of the Chandler Hospital in the UK between 2005 and 2009 were there as a result of falling from or being thrown off a bucking horse.* So, don’t become a statistic; be sensible and stay safe with the Ardall!

The Ardall SR1 Comprises of Four Main Parts:

1. The Torso

The main part of the product resembles a legless, human torso with short arms. At its core, there is a coiled spring, which facilitates movement when mounted on a horse. This spring is enveloped with medium-grade foam in the shape of a torso, which is covered with high quality, UV-protected leatherette.

2. The Base

The torso is affixed to a flat, solid base, which has been specially moulded to fit any standard saddle. This is covered in the same leatherette as the torso. On either side, there are two straps - used for securing the Ardall SR1 onto the horse - and one screw-on ring, through which the reins go during lunging and long-reining.

3. The Harness

An essential component of the product when in use, the harness fits onto the torso. The extent to which the Ardall SR1 moves when mounted on a horse is regulated by the tightness or looseness of the harness.

4. Weights

These weights serve to make the Ardall SR1 heavier helping to introduce the horse to the sensation of a rider’s legs on either side. These take the form of two boot-shaped canvas bags, which are filled evenly with fine sand (up to 2 stone/12.7KG in each.) These are clipped onto the Ardall SR1, one on each side, and secured with straps.

 

The Ardall SR2 Comprises of Four Main Parts:

1. The Torso

The main part of the product resembles a legless, human torso with short arms. At its core, there is a coiled spring, which facilitates movement when mounted on a horse. This spring is enveloped with medium-grade foam in the shape of a torso, which is covered with high quality, UV-protected leatherette. The torso of the Ardall SR2 is designed to fold in half, making it even easier to mount upon the horse and also allowing the Ardall to be used at varying heights upon the horse. This enables it to be used on a very nervous, spooky horse at a lower height until the horse becomes acustomed and comfortable with its presence, at which point in the horse's training, the Ardall SR2 can subesequently be un folded and used at full height.

2. The Base

The torso is affixed to a flat, solid base, which has been specially moulded to fit any standard saddle. This is covered in the same leatherette as the torso. On either side, there are two straps - used for securing the Ardall SR2 onto the horse - and one screw-on ring, through which the reins go during lunging and long-reining.

3. The Harness

An essential component of the product when in use, the harness fits onto the torso. The extent to which the Ardall SR2 moves when mounted on a horse is regulated by the tightness or looseness of the harness.

4. Weights

These weights serve to make the Ardall SR2 heavier helping to introduce the horse to the sensation of a rider’s legs on either side. These take the form of two boot-shaped canvas bags, which are filled evenly with fine sand (up to 2 stone/12.7KG in each.) These are clipped onto the Ardall SR2, one on each side, and secured with straps.

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Mounting the Ardall

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Your first goal in any equestrian activity is self-preservation. Whether you deal with horses as work or sport, you want to maintain your well-being. You expect to end each session safe and sound, and be as healthy as when you approached the horse.

Side note:  The Safety rider can be used as an all purpose helpful tool in both starting a horse and exercising one.  The safety rider is by no means a short cut to starting a horse.  Proper groundwork and saddle time is required before introducing the safety rider.  

Pro-fit studs

Do you hate putting in studs? Have you cursed broken taps, dodgy threads and the ticking away of time at shows struggling under uncooperative horses? Ardall has the solution with the new Pro-Fit Stud - a breakthrough in Stud design.

So quick to fit and simple to remove, the revolutionary, patented and award-winning design of this new stud allows 8 Pro-Fit Studs to be fitted to one horse in less than 2 minutes, show after show after show! See video below to see Pro-Fit studs in action. 

The new Pro-Fit studs are so unbelievably quick and easy to fit and remove as they have no thread, so all it takes is a few good taps with the Pro-Fit hammer and then a quarter turn to engage the recessed spiral on the stem, for the stud to be securely fitted into the stud hole. The Pro-Fit stud’s smooth, tapered and patented design with its innovative spiral groove provides absolute security.

 

Using the special Pro-Fit reamer bit, your farrier simply drills the stud holes as normal. This bit allows the hole to be drilled with complete accuracy for a smooth, tapered finish to match the stud. When fitting the stud, all it then takes is a a few good taps of the stud into the hole and a quarter turn to engage the spiral security design and your horse is ready to perform. The stud is equally simply removed by a simple twist with a spanner, yet despite being so easy to fit and remove, the studs stay securely in place whatever the going.

Pro-Fit studs won’t rust and remain easy to fit and remove use after use.

Norris Horsemanship is an official prmoter of the Ardall Company.  This is not Ardall's official website.