Saddle Fit Tips from Saddlefit 4 Life®

“Bad Horse!” How about “Bad Rider!” or “Bad Saddle!”?

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Sometimes horses will develop resistant or evasive behaviors because the handler does not know how to get what he/she is asking for, but this does not make a bad horse—it is simply a horse behaving badly! (Although granted—just like there are simply mean people on this earth, there is the occasionally encountered simply mean horse.) Some of the “strategic behavior”…

Saddle Fit, Muscle Atrophy, and Definition

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    An incorrectly fitted bullet plate puts constant pressure on the side of the withers, resulting in the formation of this stress line due to the ‘defensive’ contraction of the trapezius muscle. Muscle atrophy can occur when an unbalanced saddle puts too much pressure on a particular muscle, and the horse tries to remove or avoid this pressure. He…

Saddle Fit and the Heavier Rider

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Modern saddle construction results in more and more back issues, partially because of the fact that people are getting heavier. The question about saddle fit is not necessarily limited to heavier riders—all riders and all horses can and will benefit from a correctly fitted saddle! However, heavier riders bring with them a whole different set of challenges (by heavier riders,…

The Nine Points of Saddle Fit   

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In the spring, a young man’s fancy turns to love. Well, I have found that a woman’s fancy turns to her horse and getting ready for warmer weather and possibly the competitions that go with it. Although, in California you are lucky enough to enjoy temperate climates (for the most part) and shows to attend pretty much all year around!…

How Can You Tell If Your Horse Is Happy?

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You know your horse better than anyone—instinctively, you know immediately when something is amiss, even if you can’t immediately diagnose where the problem lies or what is causing it. We can put words to what you already know—how do you tell when your horse is happy? You may realize that there is lot of truth in what I am about…

Saddle Fit and Technology—How Technological Advances are Changing the Way Saddles are Fitted

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Most saddle fitters will come out to take a look at your horse and measure his withers size and shape using a flexible wire curve. This is pretty much the minimum measurement you should expect during a saddle fitting session. This does not however, tell you much more about the horse’s three-dimensional back shape (size and length of the saddle…