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post #1 of 5 Old 01-10-2014, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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Getting a saddle fitted

Okay so my horse has gone out on spell, and has no top line now, what little he had is now gone (if he had any in the first place)

I'm getting a saddle fitter out on Monday to get his saddle fitted, how often should you get it done?

I was thinking maybe again in 6 months time?

Or should I make it sooner?

I have to budget all this in, so I want to get a fair idea if what I'm in for :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-13-2014, 03:11 PM
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Ask the saddle fitter to show you how to check your saddle fit when ever you need to. That way, you can check your own every couple of months and if you find some issues, you can then call the professional in for a better look. Mine came out and showed me where to check for pressure points and how to check for any rocking. I'm sure any saddle fitter will be happy to show you the basics.

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Okay so my horse has gone out on spell, and has no top line now, what little he had is now gone (if he had any in the first place)

I'm getting a saddle fitter out on Monday to get his saddle fitted, how often should you get it done?

I was thinking maybe again in 6 months time?

Or should I make it sooner?

I have to budget all this in, so I want to get a fair idea if what I'm in for :)

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post #3 of 5 Old 01-13-2014, 05:12 PM
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The Society of Master Saddlers recommend checking every six months.

I think minimom's right though - if you know how to check your saddle and do it regularly you'll probably notice any problems. Horses can change shape quite quickly and drastically (one of ours once increased by a tree-width in a month), whereas some hardly ever seem to alter.

Any saddle fitter worthy of the name will show you how to check for balance and tightness behind the shoulder, the two most common problem areas.

Best of luck! :)
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-15-2014, 09:26 AM
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Keep us updated on what the Saddle Fitter says and if they helped you out at all.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-16-2014, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your responses :) saddle fitter came out on Monday and fitted my all purpose, she recommend 3 months and to take photos (weekly or monthly) of his back, standing up on a crate behind him to see the changes, if there wasn't much she said you could extend it out :)

I also at the time had two dressage saddles out on trial with me, we tried them on and none of them were suitable, she was really helpful and gave me a list of saddles that should fit his shape :)


All in all she was there for around about an hour, I rode in about 5 different saddles, including my all purpose and the 2 I had on trial (she had a truck of saddles as well you could try)

Well worth the money I spent and will be getting her out again in 3 months :)
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