Originally Posted by HorseMom1025
Criticize all you want, but considering none of the horses showed any signs of discomfort or saddle sores, I don't think they were harmed by us using this saddle on them. The riser was requested by our trainer not due to fit, but because she wanted Kitten to sit a little more forward due to the shape of the seat. Once again, not perfect, but it worked for us.
Honestly, expecting people to purchase a new saddle specific to each horse is unreasonable and unrealistic. If every horse needs his/her own saddle, than all horses sold should come with their own tack.
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I don't make personal criticism - it's unproductive at the least and might be misconstrued as rude, which I'm not. But you can't expect to make general statements without them being questioned.
From the horses I see I reckon at least a third (and probably more) have some level of discomfort caused by poorly fitted saddles, mostly through lack of education or thought on the owner's part. Reproduced worldwide, that's a LOT of sore horses, many of which need not be.
If you've ever seen animals with huge open sores where their backs have been galled by ill-fitted saddles, as I have, you might feel differently, especially when these poor wretches are on supposedly 'professional' yards. So you'll have to forgive me believing such thoughtlessness approaches wanton cruelty.
That's why, if I feel someone's idea of correct fitting is wrong, I have to say so. NO horse deserves less than the best fit we can achieve.
I'll go now ;)