02-12-2013, 07:16 PM
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I don’t know much about that style of saddle but the general principals of how any saddle should go on a horse are the same. Firstly, when the horse is standing square and the saddle is on its back decent cover is fine, and that one looks OK to me. But that’s not really what a saddle is about. What they do is to give you a secure platform on which to ride the horse, and for the horse they distribute your weight over the back as much as possible. The trouble is I think too many people look at the saddle on a horse’s back like in your pictures and think THAT’S the situation in which the weight is distributed. It is not; that is entirely static. Saddles and horses back are about dynamic weight distribution. With every movement, your horse back is going to be moving about; the saddle will be losing contact and gaining contact all over the place all the time. Therefore, if we take bridging or its opposite for example, these aren’t fixed states that your saddle will do, they are stages the horse’s back and saddle will be going through as the horse moves. What is most important in a good fitting saddle is that it has primarily two things for the horse, and if it fits well, it will provide these things as a function of good fit. 1) Weight distribution over the largest surface area possible WITHIN the bounds of 2) providing best freedom of movement for the horse’s back with no hard/sharp points to dig into the horse anywhere. Again, I don’t know much about saddles like yours, but that one looks to fulfil the 2 golden rules to me.