Saddle Length: Is it such a problem?

Saddle Length: Is it such a problem? written by Kay Hastilow Master Saddler, Master Saddle Fitter. Kay trained as a bench saddler with Bliss and Co, London in the late 1960s. Having set up her own manufacturing and retailing business in the 1970s she became increasingly interested in the effect that the fit of the saddle had on her own……...

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What are the main points I need to look for in a well-fitting saddle?

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What are the main points I need to look for in a well-fitting saddle? Here, Society of Master Saddlers’ Master Saddler, Master Bridle Maker, Master Harness Maker, Registered Master Saddle Fitter and Registered Qualified Bridle Fitter, Helen Reader, provides advice on the saddle fitting. Q, What are the main points I need to look for in a well-fitting saddle/how do…

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Saddle Fitting: Are most horses lefties?

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Saddle Fitting: Are most horses lefties? Saddle fitting – the perils of putting symmetrical saddles on asymmetrical horses We were not surprised to learn 60% of the horses in our 490 horse retrospective study had larger measurements on the left side of their withers,” says Dr. Katrina Merkies, researcher and associate professor at the University of Guelph. Undergraduate students, Julia…

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How to Find a Qualified Saddle Fitter

How to Find a Qualified Saddle Fitter  If you are wondering how to find a qualified saddle fitter amongst all the online noise, here Kat Hastilow, Master Saddler and Society of Master Saddlers’ Registered Qualified Saddle Fitter, explains how: What is the best way to find a Qualified Saddle Fitter? Are there any qualifications I can look for? There are……...

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Q&A: Areas to Consider When Assessing the Fit of a Saddle

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Q&A: Areas to Consider When Assessing the Fit of a Saddle Topic: Assessing the fit of a saddle when the horse has been out of work. Here we welcome the thoughts of Society of Master Saddlers’ Registered Master Saddle Fitter, Helen Reader, on saddle fitting as she answers a frequently asked question: My horse has changed shape since coming back……...

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How do I know if my saddle fits my horse?

How do I know if my saddle fits my horse?

How do I know if my saddle fits my horse? Magazine Reads :: Everything Horse A question asked by many horse owners is ‘how do I know if my saddle fits my horse?’ So, we asked Tricia Bracegirdle, specialist saddle fitter for Childéric Saddles UK, for her advice and top tips for basic saddle checks you can do both from……...

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Saddle Fitting for the Wider Flat Backed Horse

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Saddle Fitting for the Wider Horse or Pony Without doubt, certain types of horses and ponies are by nature harder to fit a saddle to. For those horses with less wither and wider, flatter backs it can prove more difficult when it comes to saddle fitting. Here, the Society of Master Saddlers give advice on common problems caused by ill-fitting……...

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Learn from the best by taking a Saddle Fitting Course this October

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Learn from the Very Best in the Industry with the Society of Master Saddlers’ Introductory Course in Saddle Fitting Written by Fiona Williams Fancy a new equestrian career? Want to develop your saddle fitting skills further? Need a new expert for your business? Look no further. On 22 and 23 October 2018, the Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) will be…

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Does Your Saddle Still Fit?

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Does Your Saddle Still Fit? Saddle fitting – Horses change considerably over time. A horse’s ‘shape’ is very dependent on the horse owner’s management.  What may have fit as a five-year-old may not fit now. Age, fitness and rider balance will all impact on the horses shape and how he is able to carry the rider in the saddle. Reasons……...

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