Over the Calf Peddies™ $11.95
shock absorption and flexibility to
your saddle fit. But whenever you add
more padding under your saddle, your
saddle’s fit changes.
If you decide to change your
saddle pads, always re-evaluate your
saddle’s fit with the new pads in the
mix. When in doubt, ask an experienced horse professional to help you
double-check the fit.
5Choosing the wrong saddle size for the rider So far, we’ve talked about saddle fitting problems for
the horse. But when you choose a
saddle that fits your body well, you’re
also helping your horse. When a saddle
doesn’t fit you, it may not distribute
your weight very well and create painful pressure points for the horse.
Over time, you might grow ac-
customed to riding in a saddle that’s
too small, too big, has the wrong flap
angle, or just doesn’t suit your riding
position and goals anymore. While
you might be used to it, your horse
could be uncomfortable.
That’s why it’s smart to check your
saddle’s fit for your body at least once
a year. If you don’t have easy access to
a professional saddle fitter, try asking
your riding instructor for advice. Your
riding instructor knows your riding
position and riding goals, and can help
you decide whether your saddle is
holding you back.
By addressing these five common
problems with English saddle fit, you
improve the odds that your horse will
enjoy his work. And if you discover a
problem, consult an equine professional
you trust for help and support. Your
trainer or veterinarian may be able to
help, and if not, they can refer you to a
professional saddle fitter in your area.
JEN MICHAELS is the owner and
primary writer for The Saddle Geek
( www.thesaddlegeek.com). The Saddle Geek
provides brand-independent advice about
English saddle fitting and saddle shopping.
Jen lives in Columbus, Ohio and competes in
lower-level dressage and eventing.
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