Saddle Fitting Long Distance

I am lucky. I live in the land of saddle fitters. I have many choices of who to use and don’t have to wait months for one to travel to my neck of the woods. My fitter comes to my barn at least twice a year to evaluate how well my saddles fit. Even better, […]

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What the dust patterns on your saddle pad tell you

Reading the dust patterns on your saddle pad is the equestrian version of reading tea leaves. You study the marks that are left after riding and they help you evaluate the pressure points under your saddle and if it’s a good fit for your horse. Of course, it can also tell you that your horse […]

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How your horse’s “girth groove” impacts billet positions.

Does your saddle slip forward? It could be that the saddle is too narrow, but it could also be a combination of the billet placement on your saddle and your horse’s girth groove. I read a great article today on Kitt Hazelton’s Blog, Saddle Fitting: The Inside Journey that really explains the issue well. Click […]

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Saddle fit for riders makes a real difference

There’s so much focus now in equine forums about saddle fit for horses that sometimes fit for riders gets overlooked. Sure, it’s important for the saddle to fit your horse. But it also needs to fit you! Fighting the tack every stride does not make you a better rider, it makes you a frustrated one. […]

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Reflocking necessary

The Ainsley Chester saddle that I’m now using on Zelda is the one I bought in the parking lot of a CVS from a woman who drove up in a white van (see Another Saddle for my Tackroom). This brand/model was very popular among eventers about 35 years ago. The woman who sold it to […]

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Zelda and the three saddles

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Zelda sometimes bucks. While some of it is probably testing boundaries, I also worried that it could be related to saddle fit. I haven’t had a horse the size and width of Zelda ever, and while I have a “library” of saddles, I wasn’t sure which one was the […]

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Wool vs. foam vs. CAIR: One case study

Although I’ve owned many, many saddles over the years (Goldilocks and the 31 Saddles ) all but three have been flocked with wool and checked by a saddle fitter twice a year. What’s the difference? The material that fills the panels of the saddle are critical to saddle fit and comfort. Wool Flocked Traditionally saddles […]

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