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The Importance of Saddle Fitting

February 2018 by Rebecca Feasey, BEqSc, DipEqPodio, DipBus(Admin), DipHort

Traditionally made of wood, leather and now synthetic materials, the saddle tree is the solid structure around which the saddle is constructed - varying in the length and width of the tree - the padding surface and the angle of the lateral parts of the tree.

Despite all the research that shows ill-fitting saddles are a horse welfare issue, saddles are still sold ‘off the shelf’, with little regard towards correct saddle fit, and minimal or no consideration towards the consequences of poor fit. 

Furthermore, antiquated saddlefitting methods are often performed on a standing horse alone, without taking into consideration whether or not a horse can move easily and freely under their rider.