Fit is Everything - Infinitely Adjustable for Optimal Comfort & Performance!

Our regular monthly blog called the “Saddle Stitch” may include anecdotal experiences of working with clients all over North America at all levels and dealing with all sorts of saddle fit and behavioural issues resulting from poor saddle fit. Additional contributions may include: Ambassador Rider Highlights; certified saddle fitter profiles; rider testimonials; and educational courses that have recently been held.

Saddle Fit and Asymmetry (Crookedness - Both Horse and Rider)

May 24th, 2015

I recently came across a client who had an issue that seems not uncommon. Rider balance is a hot topic nowadays, and often when you look at pictures of riders from behind, they are not sitting quite straight (not even top riders!) When I had the saddle on the horse, the tree fit, the panels were level (this particular saddle had Flair panels filled with air), the ride...

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Saddle Fit and "Girth Galls"

May 19th, 2015

‘Tis the season’ for girth itch and girth galls Girth itch – a nasty little infection similar to ringworm that occurs typically this time of year – hot, sweaty, humid…  It typically affects younger horses or those who are immuno-suppressed, can be spread by dirty tack or using brushes on multiple horses. It’s a pain… Starts as dandruff l...

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Saddle Fit and Fit to the Rider

May 17th, 2015

Anatomy in general is a crucial factor in saddle fit, as is gender. Men generally have it much easier when trying to find a saddle that fits, because saddles have been traditionally built by men, for men.  While women may have an inherent conformational disadvantage, with exercises and muscular development (and a saddle which takes their anatomy into consideration) th...

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Saddle Fit and 'Bad Behaviour' - Part II - Cranial Nerve 11 (CN11)

May 10th, 2015

Cranial Nerve 11 (CN11) While this may seem like a rather dry conclusion to the little series on “Horses Behaving Poorly” it actually explains a lot. Over 50 million years of equine evolution have seen the stallion biting its opponents in the wither area to determine dominance and literally bring rivals ‘to their knees’. Stallions will also bite mares in t...

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"Bad Horse!!" (Really? How about 'Bad Rider!' or 'Bad Saddle!'??) - Part I

May 4th, 2015

Horse rearing possibly due to uncomfortable and maybe even painful saddle fit. There have been a proliferation of articles appearing over the past year in all sorts of publications discussing  “how to slow down the rushing horse”; “how to ride the stumble out of your horse”; “how to make your horse go forward”; how to how to how to. All of these negative and unwanted ...

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I would wish for every horse and rider to be comfortable while doing our sport. The feeling after the saddle fittings, of the horse being able to move freely underneath you is truly a reminder that the saddle fittings are as important as buying the saddle and that horses do "suffer in silence”. If we are going to ask them to perform, it is our duty to make sure they can physically execute the movements and not be restricted by an ill-fitting saddle. I am always surprised at the improvement after very subtle adjustments. Many thanks for helping both my horse and me! Your saddle made my horse a different animal. He was so uncomfortable and with your saddle he became so rideable that we went on to get our Silver Medal. Thank You!!

— Pam Wagner, Glen Ellen, CA

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