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Fitting an English saddle to your horse
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It is an ideal season to look at the saddle of your horse with a discerning eye. Your horse's saddle will look great in your saddle. During our winter in North Ohio, it is very common to see changes in the weights and physical condition of our equestrians, and this can have a drastic impact on the fitting of this very important exercise machine.
A few tell story characters that you might have an issue, including changes in your horse's posture about caring or tacking: Does your normally good-natured horse become a little knotty when cleaning - especially in the area of the spinal column or belt? Can you see cracks or naked places where the saddle plates are in touch?
Is this grumpy behaviour continued under the saddle....stuck ear especially at upwards passages, "cold back" or a reluctance to be standing at the assembly bloc? Do you have trouble taking up the gallop or changing weights? Is your trainer more likely to say that you are seated to the side, or do you have the feeling that your equilibrium is "a little disturbed"?
A further common cause of saddle fit problems is due to seasonally occurring changes in body mass. Humans have a tendency to win one or three pounds in cold weather, but your horse may have fluctuations, either up or down, or changes in muscular tonus, especially over the back. Did you notice that you went up or down one or two holes while belting your saddle?
Verify the horse's overall height with a lightweight strap or centimetre strap. When you can get used to doing this a few and a half years, keep in mind that it is very important to be consistently in band placing and comfort levels, as you are really paying attention to changing the number more than the real load or cm value.
Inspect the contact area of the saddle plates on the back of your horse. If your horse is susceptible to abnormal force with modest force on your fingertip (beware of long fingernails as your horse may cause "false positive" reactions). It is a classical example of rubbing a saddle that is not in equilibrium - verify the width of the trees and the state of the boards when they are flaked.
When the scouring line looks suspicious like the bond line of your saddlecloth, possible guilt is that your saddlecloth is too small and the end of the saddlecloth sits over the outer line of the saddlecloth; your wash or wash routine doesn't keep up with the heightened requirements of wintry weather; or your horse's fur is dried and needs a good conditioner at the end of a really good care routine.
When you have taken part in one of our saddle conversations, you already know the importance I attach to these punches, which I make regularly throughout your horse's entire life or certainly at the beginning of the saddle purchase. Obviously, if you have a saddle with a replaceable esophagus, it's a good thing to look at the lesson and take a picture that you can date and keep in your horse's medical record.
There is a large selection of gullet adjustable saddles that are especially useful for those trained horse with changing shapes and musculature over the years, for difficult to adjust horse or rider with many different types of horse. Please click on one of the following links to see only some of the available adjusters:
You can find even more in a wide range of prices and style in our English saddle class HERE. When your saddle is flaked, inspect the boards for symmetry in form, smoothness or knots and unevenness in the flake fabric itself. Make sure the boards are symmetric (I would rather correct the symmetry that your horse may experience with therapeutical padding than adjust the boards themselves).
If you take some now to think about your saddle fitting, it may be worth avoiding both your workout loss and possible calculations later to get your horse back into good shape when the wheather stops. Like always, I suggest that you cultivate and promote open communications with all members of your horse's healthcare team:
Veterinarian, nutritionist, farrier, physiotherapist, dentist, trainer and saddler to prevent possible troubles and keep your horse for your horse ride!