Saddle Fit, Thoughts and Advice
Saddle fit is important for the comfort and movement of the horse.
If the saddle does not sit properly on the horses back it could impede the lifting of their back and being able to get the hind end moving correctly, this leads to poor posture and over/under developed muscles. Proper saddle fit encourages your horse to have the same natural flow through movement under saddle. If the saddle fits properly the rider’s weight will be distributed to the places needed for the horse to move properly. It also allows the rider’s legs to be in the correct position effortlessly.
When buying a saddle for your horse it is always a good idea to have a saddle fitting done first to ensure proper fit for you and your horse. Take into consideration the shape of your horse and what they need to have a proper fit. Ie. Wide/narrow/short/long back, high or low withers, shoulder placement, these things will help with buying your saddle. Having a good saddle fit will help with good posture for you and your horse, also enabling your horse to move well under saddle. It will aid in proper muscle development and posture through exercise.