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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Is your horse an off-the-shelf fit?

Saddle fitting can be a real nightmare. Sometimes you feel like Goldilocks: it’s just a bit to narrow or a bit too wide, or maybe that panel shape is a bit too flat . . . or a bit too curvy. Seriously, for some people finding a saddle that fits their horse is worse than […]

Read More

How often do you have your saddle fitted to your horse?

I read a forum posting recently which stated that Jochen Schleese recommends you have your saddles professionally fitted every season. Debate on this topic got heated. Some people didn’t believe in saddle fitting at all; others felt that a saddle once fitted properly, shouldn’t need to be adjusted that frequently. The answer is probably somewhere […]

Read More

Saddle fitting and shoulder movement

I often see people riding their horse in saddles that are either placed too far forward or which are too restrictive over the horse’s shoulder. If the saddle restricts the shoulder movement it can cause your horse to be short strided and move with a hollow back. Eventually, this can lead to back pain. Here’s […]

Read More

When saddles don’t fit: bridging

Finding a saddle where the shape of the panels and tree match the shape of your horse’s back, is not as simple as choosing narrow, medium or wide. One of the problems that you can encounter is “bridging.” This is when the front and back of the saddle make contact with the horse’s back, but […]

Read More

A glimpse into the saddle making process at Black Country

If you don’t already read Kitt Hazelton’s blog, Saddle Fitting: The Inside Journey, you should! It’s a wealth of information about the importance of saddle fit and other saddle-related information. Here’s a fascinating look into how a saddle is constructed. More specifically, this article is about how Black Country saddles are built. It was contributed […]

Read More