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 horse started to move oddly until the point where he started to move forward like a crab… at about a 45 degree angle.  And after that, I started to notice white hairs on my beautiful chestnut.  This was before I was a saddle fitter or knew they existed.

The best trainers in this region use saddle fitters (and sometimes that is not me!).  What they know is that they have not been trained for my job.  Trainers have a great eye and feel for what you look like in the saddle and how effective you can be in a saddle.  Mostly trainers do not trim your horse’s hooves or diagnose and treat diseases… they train.  Even if they ride in your saddle, it is not necessarily the same experience that you had and the horse may not experience it the same way.

Please, please, please call a saddle fitter when you want to check fit or if you are looking for a new saddle.  Our job is to make you and your trainer look good by getting the saddle out of the way of your horse’s naturally beautiful movement.

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