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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Overstuffing should be reserved for sofas.

When you get a new saddle you assume that it will come out of the box with the wool flocking soft and pliant, ready to mold to the shape of your horse’s back. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. It seems like some manufacturers stuff so much wool into those panels that they are hard […]

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What’s wrong with this picture? Where should your saddle sit?

I frequently see horses with their saddles placed too far forward. This photo represents a most extreme case, and to be fair, was used in an ad to sell a saddle so we can only hope that no one ever rode the horse with the saddle placed like this! You can easily imagine how uncomfortable […]

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The Importance of Saddle Fit

  I’m continually amazed by how much money people spend on saddles that don’t fit. I frequently see saddles that sit right on a horse’s spine or that are so narrow that they look perched above a horse’s back. Sometimes there are several pads under the saddle. I’m sure the rider’s intention was to make […]

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Does this Saddle make my Butt look Big? Saddle Fit for Riders

I was once in a tack shop looking at rows of used dressage saddles. I asked the owner why they were mostly 17″ and 17 1/2″. She told me that people often bought saddles in smaller sizes than they actually needed, mostly, she speculated, out of vanity. “People just don’t want to say that they […]

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