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Saddle Balance…Perhaps the Most Important and Most Ignored Aspect of Saddle Fitting

I just returned from a barn where I expected to be dropping panels to do some major flocking adjustments. The comments from the riders that led to this barn call were dire. One saddle was sliding forward and the the other rider was being launched from her saddle in the canter. I scheduled about two […]

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My Trainer Says My Saddle Fits…

These are probably the words I hear most… period.  And I will not dispute that your trainer has told you that however… MY STORY: My trainer said that the beautiful saddle that I bought fit my horse.  For a while, we were all (including my horse) thrilled.  In the course of a few weeks, my […]

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If I Buy the Saddle that Champions Ride In, Will I Be a Champion Too?

I have to laugh… just a little. Internationally famous horse-rider team nails a competition, it is posted on You Tube, and everyone rushes to buy the saddle that sponsors the rider.  Here’s the thing… EVERY saddle company sponsors riders for exactly this response but are you really getting what the sponsored rider has?  Yes, it may […]

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Arnold

I am always striving to say what is so important for horses about saddle fit in a way that will resonate with people.  Tight shoes analogy is getting a little old and most of our feet change slowly… so that one is going by the wayside.  I have been thinking about Arnold… yes, aaaahhhnald… you […]

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Who is my client… you or your horse?

Believe it or not, this is one of my hardest questions.  As a client, you have most likely identified a need or a problem with saddles, you have sought me out, and you have called.  “Freckles” has had very little input in this decision or process. Here is how I approach this conundrum:  I come into […]

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Tree vs. Treeless Saddles and Rider Pressure: Objective Study Performed at Michigan State University

  Comparison of pressure distribution under a conventional saddle and a treeless saddle at sitting trot B. Belock, L.J. Kaiser, M. Lavagnino, H.M. Clayton a b s t r a c t It can be a challenge to find a conventional saddle that is a good fit for both horse and rider. An increasing number of […]

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A Company Changing the English Saddle Biz

I will state my disclaimer here at the beginning. I am friends with Karen Borne, owner of Borne Saddlery and Andy Sankey, Master Saddler and owner of Sankey Saddlery. To qualify this remark, the basis of our friendship relies on their understanding and care for the horses they work with. The level of care and […]

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What’s in a Twist?

We have all thrown around the T word since we became cognizant of saddles. Mostly we talk about whether we like a narrow or wide twist. Hmmmmm… have we ever considered the horse we are riding in this conversation? Not very often. Just what IS a twist? The twist is actually supposed to accommodate the […]

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Saddle Recommendations

As a professional saddle fitter, I have found that some companies’ saddles work better than others. Is this to say that I won’t work with others? Not at all! I often see and work with saddles that fit a particular horse really well but they are saddles that have a very limited range of horses […]

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Post Show Season Saddle Evaluations

Most of us in the states with winters start thinking about saddle fit in early Spring. Not a bad thought… the saddle probably needs a little tune-up and the weather is tugging at us to start thinking about Summer! Here’s food for thought though. At least once in your horse’s show career, think about having […]

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