Does your saddle fit?
Saddle fitting is a complex subject but as a horse owner or rider there are things you can do to help protect your horse from saddle damage.
SIGNS OF POOR SADDLE FIT
Here are just some of the signs to look for:
White hairs can be an indication of excessive pressure!
Poor Top Line
Lack of muscle in the saddle area can be a sign that your saddle does not fit!
Reluctance or inability to collect or take a contact could be due to saddle pain!
General training or behavioural issues can be the result of poor saddle fit
"The most important person in the protection of horses is the owner".
By learning how to assess your own horse and the fit of your saddle you will be able to identify potential problems and save your horse from any unnecessary suffering by acting on these problems quickly and effectively.
Our stage 1 introduction to saddle fitting is completely free of charge and for those who would like some practical, hands-on experience we also run regular horse owner saddle fitting education days (stage 2) from our base in Hampshire, UK.
Stage 1 will educate you on 'why' a saddle should fit and stage 2 delves into 'how' a saddle should fit!
For those living further afield we also offer a fully remote learning option; our 'Combined Stage 1 & 2 Remote Learning' package.
Completion of Stage 1 & 2 serves as an access route to further education with the IASF via our Stage 3 Professional Award in Saddle Fitting, a nationally recognised certification for professional saddle fitters and qualified status with the Equine Fitters Council.
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HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOUR SADDLE BE CHECKED?
Combined Stage 1 & 2 Remote Learning Access Course
£245.00 or 2 Plans Available
Horses can change shape dramatically and rapidly, much more quickly than many owners realise. Therefore it is important to have your saddle checked regularly. Each horse will be different and your saddle fitter will recommend a specific schedule for you and your horse but this timetable can be used as a guide.