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WHY SADDLE FIT

The right saddle fit enables optimum performance!

 

A well fitting saddle enables you to sit in a more correct riding position and communicate your aids more effectively and your horse is able to move more freely and is more likely to respond willingly to your aids.  Conversely, an ill-fitting saddle can cause uncomfortable concentrated pressure points along your horse’s back which over time can cause long term muscle damage, potentially leading to soundness and behavioural problems.  You may not realise that your horse’s poor behaviour could be suggesting that his saddle does not fit!

The basic philosophy of Saddle fitting is to achieve a correct rider balance and even weight distribution along the horse’s back.  Simple as it sounds, saddle fitting is not an exact science.  It takes professional training and years of experience to correctly flock and adjust saddles considering different saddle brands and systems, understand impacts of horse conformation, diet and exercise, as well as the added complexity of rider impacts.  You also may not realise that every change of season, every time you change your horse’s feed or bring him into work after a break or injury, his back muscles change.  There are many factors that need to be considered when it comes to getting the right fit.  That’s why it’s important to have your saddle fitted by an experienced ASFA Accredited Saddle Fitter!

ASFA Saddle Fitting Standards are derived from 100 years practical experience from leading experts including the Australian Veterinary Chiropractic Association, Society of UK Master Saddlers and Leading USA Veterinarians.  The rigorous and ongoing ASFA re-assessment process, ensures you can trust your ASFA Saddle Fitter to be up to date with saddle innovations and advances in understanding horse anatomy in relation to saddle fit.  Our ASFA Fitters are also fully insured!

 

 

Are you due for a Saddle Fit?

 

If you have answered “Yes” to any of the following questions, it’s probably time to Book a saddle Fit

  • Does he generally resist your aids and run through the bit?

  • Is he cold backed when mounted?

  • Does he tend to tip you to one side when you ride?

  • Does he kick, bite or won’t stand when groomed?

  • Is his back sore to touch?

  • Does he have muscle loss, dry spots or white hairs?

  • Has it been 6 months since your last saddle fit or has your horse just come back into work from a break?

Meet Our Expert Fitters

Roxy Young

Roxy Young

Victorian Region

Emily Wonka

Emily Wonka

Queensland Region

Jervaise Prime

Jervaise Prime

Victorian Region

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