Have you ever worn a pair of shoes that’s a little too big or small for your feet? You either end up with blisters and calluses or walking awkwardly when you wear something that does not fit. The same thing goes with your saddles–using the wrong type and buying one in the wrong size can affect not just your horse’s performance, it can also cause spine damage which will result in an uncomfortable riding experience.
The saddle is more than just something you fasten to your horse’s back so you can sit properly during a ride. It’s an important piece of tack that ensures comfort and security while protecting your riding partner. In the early days,saddles used to be simple saddle pads held in place with a wide strap orcloths thrown over the back of the horse which then evolved into tree and leather saddles.
While it’s easy to buy or order a saddle you can use, keep in mind that you need to take into consideration your riding style, the activities you will do, and how it fits you and your equine. Choosing a saddle sounds like a tall order, but don’t worry, we’re here to help you make the right choice.