Originally Posted by RhondaLynn
I will have to get my saddle out and check it against what I learned form the video. But now I have a dumb question??? What is a saddle fitter and what can/do they do? If you have a saddle that you really like but is the tree is too narrow,can they fix that?
In the UK
A saddle fitter is a proffessional who has qualifications from the society of master saddlers that says they have attended training and are qualified to fit a saddle properly.
A master saddler can fit a saddle, but can also alter/reflock/build a custom saddle, they have done extensive training on all aspects of saddlery, fitting and leather work.
Some trees can be widened slightly using a machine but that is very very rare and generaly doesnt do wonders for the saddle. Generaly it means you could go from a medium wide to a wide but not from a narrow to a wide.
I personaly have a Master saddler up to see my horses and saddles twice a year as routine and then additionaly as and when needed during the show season. It only costs £20 a time.
My master saddler has well over 30 years of experiance and has been a registered master saddler for all off those years.
He custom made stans beautiful saddle and it fit stan like a glove for 8 years and only needed minor alterations as he lost or gained weight and muscle.