Years ago, it was thought that a saddle should fit like a glove. My extensive research and experience has shown me, however, that less contact surface areas at a standstill increases the horse’s ability to move, thereby increasing their comfort and ability to heal themselves.When I am helping horses with Osteotherapy I am able to observe which horses are being ridden with a saddle that fits correctly & without excessive motion due to disorders.
For a saddle to fit properly, the physical body of the horse and rider needs to be considered. The posture and way an individual rider uses their body will have repercussions on the fit of the saddle. This is one reason why you can’t always use your friend’s saddle on their horse and have the same results.
Incorrect saddle fit can result in saddle sores which take on different forms; they can appear as front end lameness, patches of swelling, open skin abrasions, unwillingness to side bend, take leads, hooves that don’t grow correctly etc. The list is very long but the same list can also indicate that the horse needs body therapy.Understanding how to look at a saddle is the first step to saddle fitting. The next is the equine body. This is where a well educated equine therapist should be able to tell from the musculoskeletal condition, if the saddle is causing problems.
How I can Help
Before you start riding in your “new” saddle, Osteotherapy treatments are recommended to help recover from previous saddle issues.
Saddle Fitting Corrections:
“Tweaking” either the saddle you own or a saddle that you purchase keeping in mind my outline of detailed instructions of what to purchase. This is for both western and English saddles. Please contact me to find out if saddle fitting corrections are right for your saddle.