Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
A well fitting saddle never hinders a good, proper gait.
But some, in my humble opinion, ill fitting saddles will promote a bad gait as they press down on the horses spine just behindthe ribs, and makes the horse tense and hollow out. The gait might seem better and cleaner, the question is; is that how you want your horse to use it's back when it's gaiting?
Some saddles are too far forward and if it hinders the front legs its difficult for the horse to gait. Etc.
I don't think your trainer are crazy, and I don't necessarily think he/she wants your horse to hollow out in the back, but perhaps your saddle doesn't really fit as well as it should, or is fitting a little too far in the front. All saddles should have the weight balanced over all of the saddle, not more in front or more in back. Horses have different backs, so no one saddle can keep the balance right either, if the saddle is designed for a horse with higher withers, it wil probably put the weight a bit off on a horse with a higher butt, even if it fits well otherwise.
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