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Equine Info Exchange - Saddle Fitters

Saddle fitters are important to horse owners because they can help to ensure that a horse's saddle fits properly. A well-fitting saddle is essential for the horse's comfort, performance, and long-term health. A poorly fitting saddle can cause a number of problems, including:

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Back problems
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Skin problems
  • Performance issues
  • Behavioral problems

Saddle fitters have the training and experience to assess a horse's conformation and saddle fit. They can also identify any potential problems and make recommendations for corrective measures.

Here are some of the benefits of having a saddle fitter evaluate your horse's saddle:

  • Improved horse comfort and performance: A well-fitting saddle will allow your horse to move freely and comfortably. This can lead to improved performance in all disciplines, from pleasure riding to competitive events.
  • Reduced risk of injury: A poorly fitting saddle can put pressure on the horse's back, muscles, and joints. This can lead to pain, inflammation, and injury. A well-fitting saddle will help to reduce the risk of these problems.
  • Extended saddle life: A saddle that fits properly will last longer than a saddle that does not fit properly. This is because a well-fitting saddle will not put undue stress on the saddle's materials.

If you are unsure whether your horse's saddle fits properly, it is a good idea to have it evaluated by a saddle fitter. A saddle fitter can help you to find the best possible saddle for your horse and to ensure that the saddle is fitted properly.

Here are some tips for finding a qualified saddle fitter:

  • Ask your veterinarian or other horse professionals for recommendations.
  • Look for a saddle fitter who is certified by a reputable organization, such as the Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) or the Professional Saddle Fitters Association (PSFA).
  • Ask about the saddle fitter's experience and training.
  • Make sure that the saddle fitter is willing to work with you and your horse to find the best possible saddle fit.

Having your horse's saddle evaluated by a qualified saddle fitter is a wise investment that can pay off in terms of your horse's comfort, performance, and long-term health.

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