You need the Farrier to maintain your horses feet as they grow and change every 6 – 8 weeks! This gives you an idea how things can quickly change. The checking of your saddle, tack, you as a rider and checking your horse is all part of a saddle fit as all have an impact on each other, which is why an overall holistic approach to assessing all of these factors is so important..
“Many years ago I gave one of my horses that was in full time work the weekend off, I was stunned on my return just 3 days later how much he had lost tone in his muscles, this was one of those light bulb moments of how change in routine can have a huge impact!” – Sam
You are fully accountable for your horse to get his or her saddle checked regularly. The season, age, training method, injuries, your own fitness, or even a change in the herd dynamics or livery yard can be of influence when assessing saddle fit. Every situation is unique but very important to keep both you and your horse safe and comfortable.
Do you feel a little tipped forward or backwards, do you get back ache?
The solution could be that your saddle needs re-balancing. This is done by assessing your saddle on your horse and additional wool flocking added to your saddle to make adjustments as required, ie if the saddle is tipping forward it could need some additional flocking in the front. There can be other reasons one being the saddle is too wide which is why the saddle must be checked by a professional saddle fitter.
Has your saddle begun moving backwards?
A top up of wool flocking in your saddle throughout the whole of the saddle panels which are the part of the saddle closest to the horse maybe all that is required.
Is your horse hollowing (dropping his back and raising his head) in his or her work?
The panels underneath the saddle may be lumpy and causing pressure points directly to your horses back. Overtime the flocking in the saddle panels can ball up causing this. It is made more uncomfortable when the girth is done up and again when the rider is on board. If these lumps cannot be dispersed easily a total reflock is required, this means your saddle to be taken apart, all the wool flocking to be removed, new put in and stitched back together.
A lot of issues can normally be rectified easily by booking a saddle fitting appointment.
If you are interested in buying a brand new or second hand saddle we have a wide range available in General Purpose, Dressage, Jumping, Event, Showing, Working Hunter aswell as pony pads.