5 Reasons Your Saddle Doesn’t Fit (Answers May Surprise You)

We’ve all had the misfortune of seeing someone at the barn riding in a poorly fitting saddle.  Or worse yet, we’ve been that person!  While some saddle fit problems are obvious, some are not.  And even some of those obvious ones probably have different solutions than you’re used to hearing.  Here are the top 5…

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Crooked Saddles & Why Your Solutions Haven’t Worked

Crooked saddles plague horses and riders all the time with poor position and sore muscles.  But a quick Internet search found somewhere between zero and nil in the way of effective solutions to fix this.  Well, to be fair there are a couple answers our there… one recommends standing in one stirrup more than the other, and…

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The Flocking Truth… About Flocking

If you’ve read my earlier article Panels, Panels, Panels & Why Your Horse Cares, you’ve learned why wool is the best filling for saddle panels and that not all wool panels are created equal.  In this article we are going to talk about flocking, the most common adjustment we all have done to our saddles, and the…

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The “B” Word: What Most Saddle Fitters Don’t Talk About

You’ve probably had your ear chewed off by your saddle fitter discussing how to make your saddle fit using billet design, right?? NOT!  If you’re saddle fitter has discussed it then I applaud her, as she is most certainly in the minority.  The large majority of saddle fitters like to discuss flocking adjustments as the…

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Saddle Pads to the Rescue! When, Why & How to Use Each

If you are already using a saddle pad strategically to help your saddle fit, good for you! This should give you a little more detail about how to do it better. If you still think a saddle pad is just a piece of cloth to protect your saddle from a sweaty horse… oh my, you’re in for an eye opening experience! If you’ve read any of my other articles you’ve probably read about the importance of saddle balance, possibly to the extent that I sound like a broken record! But balance IS that important and the biggest advantage of modern pads is that they can help to correct an unbalanced saddle!

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The Simplest & Most Overlooked Key in Saddle Fitting

Some of us “lucky ones” have dealt with a hard-to-fit horse or have been though some kind of saddle fit nightmare.  We’ve had to learn first-hand how detailed and complicated saddle fitting can be.  There’s so much to worry about! Are the panels and tree the right size? Are the flaps the right length and in the…

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Tree Sizing: Get Past the Fluff!

Tree width is the number one metric riders use when trying to determine if a saddle will fit their horse. You’ve probably heard (or said yourself) something to the effect of “My boy has big shoulders, so he needs a wide” or “my skinny little Thoroughbred needs a narrow”. While these statements in many cases…

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Panels, Panels, Panels! And Why Your Horse Cares

If you’ve been an equestrian for more than 20 minutes you’ve probably heard some version of the “wool versus foam” panel debate. This article is not really about that benefits of wool compared to foam (or vice versa), since that topic has been beaten to death. But we will touch on it for a moment…

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