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post #21 of 26 Old 12-19-2018, 11:11 AM
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Good for you for trying but I'm very much in the camp that likes to have a saddle fitter come to be with a good selection for me to try. A lot of them have based their selection on a very simple drawing traced from a piece of wire that's been bent around the horse's back and so far that's always worked.
The big challenge comes after the correct fitting saddle is found - it also has to suit me. I've often tried a lot of them before I sit on THE ONE.
The other issue is that I often buy horses that are unfit or leaner or fatter than they should be and then a saddle that fits them when I buy them no longer works - that's when having a flocked saddle that can be altered is a big bonus

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A lot of them have based their selection on a very simple drawing traced from a piece of wire that's been bent around the horse's back and so far that's always worked.
The big challenge comes after the correct fitting saddle is found - it also has to suit me.
Not for a minute saying there aren't great saddle fitters out there who do know their stuff, but it is FAR from my experience that just because someone is a professional saddle fitter, let alone if they only go off a wither tracing or such, it 'always works'. And seeing the horse in motion WITH your bum in the saddle is not an 'extra' but an imperative part of good saddle fitting imo, because how YOU ride & feel in that saddle effects the horse too.

So... these days, if someone is not also a bodyworker - eg my chiro vet is also a master saddle fitter - who knows how to assess the saddle on a horse in motion, under load etc, I'd be very leery of taking their word for saddle fit.

Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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Not for a minute saying there aren't great saddle fitters out there who do know their stuff, but it is FAR from my experience that just because someone is a professional saddle fitter, let alone if they only go off a wither tracing or such, it 'always works'. And seeing the horse in motion WITH your bum in the saddle is not an 'extra' but an imperative part of good saddle fitting imo, because how YOU ride & feel in that saddle effects the horse too.

So... these days, if someone is not also a bodyworker - eg my chiro vet is also a master saddle fitter - who knows how to assess the saddle on a horse in motion, under load etc, I'd be very leery of taking their word for saddle fit.
The wire tracing is only used to give them an idea of the size of saddle to bring out if you don't want to pay for a pre. saddle fitting visit. The last time I bought a saddle in the UK he brought close to 20 saddles out with him to try on the horse. The lady we had out here in the US brought a similar number. Out of those, around half didn't even make it to be ridden on
The course to qualify in the US leaves the participants with an understanding of anatomy, conformation, the way a horse moves etc. as well as how to re-flock to get a better fit
The requirements to do the course in the UK leave participants on a level of expertise that's equal or higher than a Chiropractor. The existing qualifications necessary to even do the course in the UK include chiropractor, Vet surgeon, equine physio, plus some others that ensure the student has a good understanding of the horse before they can even begin to know how to fit a saddle.
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^I wish! Another unregulated industry here where people can call themselves qualified after just one class...

Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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As far as I'm concerned, IMO, IME, FWIW, etc etc, the OP's efforts and results likely go beyond and end with superior results than 99.9% of the saddles and riders out there.

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Very cool idea. Thanks for sharing! Glad it seems to be working out for you.

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