& Saddle Evaluation
Do you think you have a improperly fit saddle? Is your horse showing a hesitation to move laterally under saddle? Is your horse pushing his nose out or neck up while working? Are there behavioral or physical problems that could be caused by back pain?
Let us do an Equine Back and Saddle Fit Evaluation and try to help you resolve these issues. If your saddle seems to be a good fit, but needs some minor adjustments or repairs, or a fresh flocking, we can work to customize your saddle to fit your horse. If there are fit issues, we provide you with the tools and knowledge to make an educated purchase of a new saddle.
We will come to your location and perform a full equine back evaluation, create a set of custom templates of your horse's back, evaluate your current saddle, and make recommendations as to what your horse requires in a saddle. As always, a scan of your templates on CD is provided along with the originals.
Karen is certified in English Saddle Fit as well as English Saddle Reflocking, trained by Master Saddler David May of The Cumbria School Of Saddlery in Penrith England. You will be shown how to use the templates of your horse's back so you can find the best fit for your horse, or we can find the right saddle for you.
In saddle flock work, only the highest quality materials are used, including 100% white virgin wool. Saddles are also checked for faulty or worn billets, loose hardware, torn leather, and broken stitching.
This tree is too narrow for this horse.
The panels are above the wither The white marks on this wither are
caused by a tree that was too wide
The saddle is positioned too far forward
and the scapula are restricted
Note the center of the saddle pad. There is a clean area under the twist of the saddle. This saddle is 'bridging' and causing pressure points under the pommel and cantle.
Even with reflocking, this saddle was not going to fit this horse. The tree was too straight and flat. Some minor bridging can be corrected by re-flocking.
This horse was bucking at the canter and had trouble picking up the right lead, so a saddle fitter was recommended by the veterinarian.