How many saddles do you need for each horse?

I’m probably the wrong person to ask because at last count I have 8 saddles and one horse. However,  I’ve always thought of saddles as an investment. A good saddle holds its value and if you buy used, you may well be able to resell it at a profit when you no longer need/want it. […]

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Another saddle for my tackroom

I was sitting in the parking lot of the CVS in Waltham with $275 in cash waiting for a woman named Linda who told me she was driving a gray van;  I felt a bit foolish. It’s not the first time that I’ve bought a saddle this way but it does feel slightly illicit. This […]

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Replacing a seat on a saddle

There are certain saddles that I’ve regretted selling. Maybe they went with a horse, maybe my current horse outgrew it, but I remember how much I liked riding in them. I came across one of those saddles on eBay recently. It is in nice condition (they don’t make them like the old ones anymore) except […]

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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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18″ Stackhouse jumping saddle sadly for sale

It is with great regret that I am selling my David Stackhouse jumping saddle. This was my dream saddle. It has extra forward flaps for the long-legged rider and a medium wide tree for my stocky TB. When I first bought it I was amazed by how well it fit Freedom and how it put […]

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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 […]

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Why do some saddles put you in a chair seat?

After you’ve found a saddle that fits your horse (not always an easy task), you also need one that puts you in proper balance. That’s not always a “given” because the rider’s conformation also needs to match the way a saddle is built. If the saddle doesn’t put you in the “sweet spot” you’ll spend […]

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Riding treeless more safely with Sensation E-Bar Stirrup base

I’ve had my Freeform treeless saddle for about five years and have always really loved it, except for one thing: the way the stirrups attach. The Freeform comes with a closed loop attachment. This means that unlike a conventional saddle (which uses bars) if you fall and catch your foot in the stirrup, it won’t […]

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