Equestrian Horse Saddles

Equestrian horse saddles come in all types of shapes and sizes. They type of saddle is up to the buyer and it also depends on what type of riding will be done. There are different types of saddles such as; hunt-seat, western, dressage, general and show saddles.

Wood is usually the most favorite choice of manufacturer when they create saddle trees. (This is the frame on which the saddle is built). Some other material choices for the saddle tree is fiberglass. No matter what material is used, the saddle is usually covered with leather. The frame is usually constructed in order to fit the horse and the rider. It is important that the rider is comfortable.

Horse Saddle Fit

Finding the right fit for horse saddles usually takes a little time. The reason finding the right fit is important is because the horse's back can become bruised or sore, causing the horse pain. If the horse is in pain, he/she may have behaviors while riding. Horses have been known to throw riders off of their back when they are in pain or upset. Many equestrian saddles come with a trial period. This period gives riders the chance to see if the equestrian saddle is the right fit for both the rider and the horse.

English Saddles

The best way to get the best fit with these type of saddles is to put it directly on the horses back. (This should be done without a pad). Make sure to tighten the girth after doing so. Have a friend or family member sit directly in the saddle. Their feet should be in the stirrups for support. Test the horse's comfort by trying to place three fingers underneath the pommel. If three fingers can fit between the withers and the arch, then the horse will be free from bruising and soreness of the saddle. Stand behind the horse and peek under the saddle. If a little bit of light can be seen underneath the saddle, then this should be a comfortable fit and the saddle is not too tight.

Western Saddles

The comfort level and fitting of these saddles should have a 1 inch thick pad placed under it. Follow the same directions for the English saddle. Tighten the cinch. In some cases, the saddle might not reach all the way around. If this occurs, a stronger cinch may be needed. Do the three-finger test again to make sure the saddle is not on too tight.

To make sure the rider has the right fit, invest in horse saddles that leaves 4 inches of room in the front of the body. Western saddles are really good about producing a good fit for the rider.