Why does my saddle lift at the back?
5 Oct 2015
Another great saddle fit article! Shame we see so many reining saddles here that do this, mostly because they are fit too wide.
Proper placement of a western saddle
5 Oct 2015
There has been a lot of interest lately in the proper placement of a western saddle. Far too many people place their saddles to far forward so that the bars on on the scapula. This will cause long term damage not to mention short term discomfort and scapula interference- causing tripping, short stepping, inability or refusal to move out, trouble with spins and turns and a number of other performance issues.
The bars of the saddle, which are located underneath the fork or pommel should sit behind the scapula with even contact down the back for greatest weight distribution.
If your saddle is sitting on the scapula it is either set too far forward or likely bridging- meaning contact at the front and at the back, forming a ‘bridge’ over the middle. This creates pressure points as the weight is not evenly distributed down the back. A saddle with more ‘rock’ or curvature in the bars would be required.
Below are some images of proper saddle placement and how the tree should sit on a horses back.
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5 Oct 2015
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What saddle suits you
28 Sep 2015
Looking to buy a western saddle? 1. What type of riding do you plan to do? Buy the type of saddle that works for what you plan to do with your horse. If you are mainly trail riding/hacking, then don’t buy a reining or show saddle. Trail/pleasure saddles are designed with all day riding and comfort for you and your horse. If you plan to show reining but do a little hacking then go for a reining saddle as you will need the free swing of the stirrups and the flat cantle to sit those big stops. Western saddles are built with specific purpose to the event or activity you plan to do with your horse. You wouldn’t do any serious jumping in a dressage saddle so why would you rein in a roper?