Things our lawyer wants us to say:
Horseback riding is an inherently dangerous activity and involves risks that may cause serious injury or death. The user assumes full responsibility to ensure equipment is maintained in proper working order, used only as directed, and used in a safe manner. Do not use the equipment without gaining full knowledge of its proper use and required safety procedures found here. These can be found and in the online instructional video accessed here.
The purchase or use of the Unisit device implies an understanding and acceptance of the following risks, terms and conditions:
I am aware that in spite of the quick-release feature, there may be increased danger by being strapped to a horse with the Unisit. I am also aware that the pressure the Unisit puts on my sacrum and lumbar spine to match the horse’s gaits may cause problems such as back pain, neck pain, leg pain, and other discomforts associated with an immediate and dramatic change in the use of muscles, and realignment of bone and tissues. I am aware that the onset of side effects may happen the next day or even the next week.
I also agree that if I experience nausea, changes in vision, or persistent pain while riding, I will immediately remove the Unisit device. The Unisit should be used in conjunction with a professional trainer. It is also recommended that it is used in gradually increasing increments of five to 10 minutes at a time, over the course of the first 10 rides.
I agree that I have read and understand the Do's and Don'ts as they are displayed on the Unisit and Ride Correct Connect website herein availbe to be read below. The Unisit Sit Strap system is sold without warranty, expressed or implied. No warranty or representation is made as to this product's ability to protect the user from any injury or death. The user assumes that risk.
Do's for training with the Unisit:
- Use Unisit under supervision of a professional. We encourage instructors to be familiar with riding in the Unisit prior to using it with their students.
- Use Unisit with a rider that can walk, trot, and canter independently.
- Use Unisit in a controlled, enclosed, and properly groomed arena.
- Begin using Unisit only when horse and rider are thoroughly warmed up with the muscles loose and supple.
- Start with short sessions in the Unisit (5 mins.) and gradually increase the duration, to prevent discomfort to the horse or rider, and to allow the musculature to adapt to the new position.
- Ride with engaged abdominal muscles and draw back the lower ribs as upper ribs come forward over the pubic bone.
- Draw the seat bones toward the front of the saddle as much as is comfortable.
Dont's of training with the Unisit:
- Use Unisit alone with no supervision.
- Use Unisit on a green, disobedient, spooky, or unbalanced horse.
- Use Unisit on a poorly fitted saddle.
- Use Unisit with a beginner rider who is unable to confidently walk, trot, and canter independently.
- Use Unisit in an open area with uneven, rocky, or unsafe footing.
- Fasten the strap so tightly that it causes any bruising or discomfort; or so loosely it is ineffective.
- Use Unisit on a cold-backed horse or a tense rider who has not sufficiently warmed up.
- Assume upon first use that the rider and horse are physically ready to strap in for an extended amount of time.
- Ride with collapsed abdominal muscles.
- Allow the back to hollow with the seat bones pointing toward the back of the saddle.
- Ride with spurs if there is any instability in your lower leg.
- Let any part of the body become improperly aligned or unevenly weighted