We focused on saddlefitting for several years with the business name Kinetic Equine Analysis - the study of the horse in motion. It doesn't do any good to fit a saddle to the horse standing square - no part of riding involves that except "Salute at X." Not all horses have dramatic changes to their shape when moving, but many do. The links below are part of what I discuss in saddle fitting sessions.
Saddle fitting should not only be focused on the horse as it stands square in your barn. You don’t just sit on your horse and call it a day. You get on and ride. That may be dressage work, jumping, trail or a number of things that you and your partner do together. The underlying theme of all these activities is that your horse is MOVING.
If saddle fitting doesn't relate to the moving horse, you’ve gone little further than fitting a saddle stand. Each point below will be related to the moving horse and how you can test each item.
Even when I happen to be representing a saddle line, I don’t come to a fitting armed with a saddle, determined to sell it to my audience. My real goal is to look at how your current saddle fits you and your horse. Sometimes we can make a very quick fix such as better saddle placement or adding a crupper. Not everyone's style and amount of riding warrants running out and spending $1000-3000 on a new saddle if we can find a sufficient solution. There are pads that can help. Sometimes I’ll know of another brand that will work or we can look at used saddles available in your area. We’ll look at all the options and test the end result considering the horse in motion.
I am available for private or group saddle fitting sessions in Central Oregon. Each session involves checking the fit to your horse with as many saddles as you can get your hands on. I teach you how to determine the fit is in the right range, an understanding of your horses conformation strengths and weaknesses (and what you can do to help.) These session often take well over an hour, I don't work to a clock and I will talk as much as necessary to help you and your horse.