Fit is Everything - Infinitely Adjustable for Optimal Comfort & Performance!

Our regular monthly blog called the “Saddle Stitch” may include anecdotal experiences of working with clients all over North America at all levels and dealing with all sorts of saddle fit and behavioural issues resulting from poor saddle fit. Additional contributions may include: Ambassador Rider Highlights; certified saddle fitter profiles; rider testimonials; and educational courses that have recently been held.

A Sad But True Story

February 23rd, 2015

The horse is standing with its hind legs splayed and out of body alignment, which indicates the amount of pain this animal is in even when standing still. To follow is a sad, but all too common story from my own experiences… I want to tell you about a horse I met recently; a personal encounter that, unfortunately, is not uncommon in the hundreds and thousands that I w...

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Saddle Fit and Saddle Straightness

February 18th, 2015

Here’s a common situation: When I have the saddle on the horse, the tree fits, the panels are leveled, and the rider is sitting in balance on both her seat bones, so statically everything looks ok. Then the horse starts moving. The saddle does what is has to do, it stays in place and at this moment I am satisfied what I see, how the saddle is working for the horse. Bu...

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Saddle Fit and Trainer Certification

February 9th, 2015

I am really gratified to see how the German professional trainer’s association, the FN, and the German National Riding School have started to see the necessity of including a module on saddle fitting for their trainer certification programs. I hope that at some point the North American factions will also agree that the value of this is crucial to their curricula since...

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Saddle Fit and Kissing Spines

February 3rd, 2015

There are still differing opinions as to whether kissing spines is a disease with predilection already present at birth, or whether it is caused by ‘something’ (poor saddle fit, poor riding, etc.) during the course of the horse’s life. Dr. Carol Vischer, DVM in NY has done extensive research and come to the conclusion that kissing spine is a disease that some horses a...

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Two Divergent Theories on Saddle Fitting

January 27th, 2015

There are many opinions and theories on saddle fitting. Occasionally we have even heard riders say “I have been using my saddle for x number of years. It fits me perfectly and fits every horse I use.” I have to really bite my tongue on that one but usually just manage to smile and say. “Lucky you”. Some people are unfortunately just not open to being educated on the f...

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I just wanted to let you know that today was the first real ride I had in my new saddle on Q, my chestnut.  I could not be more amazed! I tend to do a lot of work in the walk before moving on to the trot and especially did that today to let him know how much different he would feel. My normally sluggish and slow to move 'beastie' was ready to rock and roll! He had the most relaxed and ground covering trot that I had feared I'd lost! Most recently, I've been fighting major crookedness in both him and me. When making circles and turns to the right, he continually fell through the left shoulder and I'd struggle to stay on my right seat bone. NO MORE!!! We stayed balanced and relaxed equally in both directions.  I cannot even begin to tell you how extatic I am! We can finally begin to move forward in our training and I have you and Schleese to thank!

— Candee Niss- Georgia

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