Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
How does rider saddle fit alter saddle fit?
So I've been riding in an old Wintec Dressage saddle I've had for years since I sold my other saddle to fund things. The fit is okay, even marks, seems to be even pressure and clearance. There are aspects about it that makes me feel it's not perfect, but it's functional and I haven't had a problem with the fit.
However, my boyfriend, a beginner, has started riding my horse. He only does about 15 mins every other day. The saddle is definitely at least an inch too small for him. This means he ends up sitting more on the back curve of the seat rather than balanced in the middle. He's mostly been doing a walk so it's not been bouncing around much, but yesterday my horse seemed a little off and I think it's probably the saddle. I might switch to bareback for a while until I find something more suitable!
Anyway, I've never really thought about it, having had only correctly fitting/sized saddles, but how much does a rider fit affect the saddle fit of the horse? Can a saddle that's too small for a rider make it unusable on a horse?