Understanding Saddle Fit, Part III: Is It a Fit?

Correct saddle fitting is as important to the equine athlete as correct shoe fitting is to the human athlete. The present design of saddles has been primarily for the comfort of the rider; riders want close contact with the horse. However, in trying to achieve that effect, manufacturers have removed most of the support the […]

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Understanding Saddle Fit, Part II: Saddle Construction

Correct saddle fitting is as important to the equine athlete as correct shoe fitting is to the human athlete. The present design of saddles has been primarily for the comfort of the rider; riders want close contact with the horse. However, in trying to achieve that effect, manufacturers have removed most of the support the […]

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Understanding Saddle Fit, Part I: An Overview

Dr. Joyce Harman introduces us to the basics of fit.  Correct saddle fitting is as important to the equine athlete as correct shoe fitting is to the human athlete. In the last twenty years, great strides have been made in the running shoe industry, while the saddle industry has stood still or even lost ground […]

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Equine 3-D Back Profiling System

Equine 3-D Back Profiling System It all begins with the Saddle Tree How your saddle fits or conforms to your horse’s back, is determined primarily by the shape of the tree inside. If the tree doesn’t fit properly, neither will the saddle. Saddle pads may help for fine tuning a relatively close fit, but cannot […]

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Whole Horse Dissection Clinic with Dr. Ivana Ruddock

By Terry Peiper, Fit Right Saddle Solutions In the spring of 2015, Larry & I attended Equine Touch Foundation Whole Horse Dissection Clinic with Dr. Ivana Ruddock at the home of Cate & Ray Stoltzfus in Shoemakersville, PA.  I highly recommend a dissection clinic to anyone that wants to gain a better understanding of horse anatomy.  Learning about […]

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Improving Saddle Fit

Just replacing the saddle with a “better” one is usually not the answer. Even if it is a $5000 saddle. “Asking the horse” is also a very poor method. Even if the horse initially seems comfortable it may not be at all suitable.

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