Saddle fit is dynamic and changes as speed increases

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Z├╝rich and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences confirmed that saddle fit is dynamic and influenced by even modest increases in speed within a gait. Researchers found that a 10 percent increase within each speed range resulted in a 5 percent increase in the total […]

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The Princess and the Pea

I suspect we’ve all seen saddles like this one — perched so far above the horse’s back that you might not even know you are riding a horse. I’m sure that the rider’s intentions are good. But while they might want a pad to protect their horse’s back, too much of a good thing can […]

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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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It wasn’t the saddle — it’s Lyme

About a month ago I had a bad ride on Freedom. It was right around the time he got hives, back at the end of August. I took him over to the ring intending to hop over a few fences. He was unusually reticent and clumsy. Freedom hardly ever touches a fence and yet he […]

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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 […]

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