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Saddle Fit

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Have you ever had a saddle professionally fitted to you and your horse?

Yes
52%
590
No
48%
549

Total votes cast: 1139

Comments & Write-in Answers

Would never go without professional fitting!!

1/20/2014 11:45:39 PM

Not very satisfactory & now use Len Brown's Corrector pad.

1/20/2014 10:19:38 PM

The horse is my wifes, we do need a saddle for her. Western type I believe.

1/20/2014 7:10:23 PM

but I want to

1/20/2014 6:49:07 PM

Best investment ever!

1/20/2014 4:36:30 PM

Wish I could afford it

1/20/2014 3:46:16 PM

When I get a new saddle i dont get it fit.

1/20/2014 1:29:26 PM

i need to bu ti havent

1/20/2014 12:24:35 PM

Best thing I ever did. He has a "flat back" and was requiring laser therapy for backache. With new

1/20/2014 11:15:38 AM

Define "professionally". A saddle rep fit my "custom made" saddle, fits horse only with shims

1/19/2014 11:03:05 PM

i fit all my own

1/19/2014 10:31:18 PM

Should use a certified Mastersaddler from the society of master saddlers

1/19/2014 7:17:18 PM

and we still do not have saddles that fit?

1/19/2014 5:59:57 PM

No but I finally found someone who does it - so needed!!

1/19/2014 9:51:51 AM

None in my area,but have been told and read that if entire area under saddle is wet after ride then

1/19/2014 8:57:24 AM

well worth it.

1/19/2014 7:50:30 AM

I have been studying saddle fit in horses for 20 years, and own 14-15 saddles. I fit my own horses.

1/18/2014 11:57:09 PM

When it was being restuffed.

1/18/2014 7:51:12 PM

Yes; it's absolutely necessary and well worth the cost

1/18/2014 1:33:03 PM

Best thing I ever did

1/18/2014 5:12:43 AM

I think most backyard riders know little about saddle fitting-we need help!

1/18/2014 12:47:09 AM

No but I really need to do this!!!!!having a saddle fit properly is so important.important

1/17/2014 7:17:00 PM

have never found one who knew what they were doing.

1/17/2014 5:00:33 PM

No, but I should (have bought 3 saddles for my new horse and none of them fit him and me really well

1/17/2014 4:32:28 PM

Can't afford the fitting costs and then thousands of dollars for saddle

1/17/2014 4:13:42 PM

I would like too

1/17/2014 12:34:40 PM

To the horse only

1/17/2014 10:52:52 AM

When I rode english I think it fit better, but now I ride western fits pretty good.

1/17/2014 1:34:43 AM

Great experience. Worth the 3 1/2 hr. ride.

1/16/2014 7:58:31 PM

The only way -

1/16/2014 7:43:40 PM

Will never do it again, no place to try out before purchase, ended up returning. hindered TW gait.

1/16/2014 7:35:44 PM

master saddle fitter for dressage highly recommended fits my horse and myself. And saved money in lo

1/16/2014 6:48:05 PM

Great experience, Fit the horse and rider!

1/16/2014 6:44:27 PM

No, if you ride treeless, your saddle ALWAYS fits!

1/16/2014 5:34:47 PM

western saddle, custom made

1/16/2014 4:27:00 PM

a good fit makes all the difference!

1/16/2014 12:57:47 PM

After 40 years owning horses, I do my own.These fittings not always good.seller needs to sell saddle

1/16/2014 10:11:06 AM

Now I would rather have 2 cheaper used saddles - that I have to change when her weight changes.

1/16/2014 9:19:50 AM

What a luxury that would be!

1/16/2014 8:40:38 AM

Haven't, but would like to

1/16/2014 8:06:04 AM

had one by a co rep. he said both horse could use a med or wide tree, not impressed

1/16/2014 7:46:57 AM

It was the worse fitting saddle I've ever had

1/16/2014 5:44:47 AM

Great improvement in both my seat and his movement!

1/16/2014 4:51:05 AM

Unfortunately not sure it was good though

1/16/2014 12:06:24 AM

Not yet, but it's on the horizon.

1/15/2014 11:56:29 PM

huge difference in both horses temperament riding for extended periods. Well worth expense.

1/15/2014 11:06:13 PM

Haven't ever got a new saddle

1/15/2014 11:01:32 PM

Excellent experience!

1/15/2014 10:10:49 PM

Many times!! It is cruel to ride without doing so!

1/15/2014 9:05:00 PM

But, I know there is a right way and a wrong way.

1/15/2014 8:37:06 PM

And it was a disaster. The saddle was too tight.

1/15/2014 7:50:01 PM

It is essential to have your saddle fitted correctly by a professional!

1/15/2014 7:33:11 PM

My paint was so wide he needed a custom saddle. My OTTB mare can change shape radically if she is o

1/15/2014 7:19:41 PM

Couldn't have happy horse and good ride without my saddle fitter!

1/15/2014 6:57:10 PM

What is professional? Most are self-proclaimed saddle fitters.

1/15/2014 6:47:40 PM

It's not faiR to ask them to work with I'll fitting tack. Try running in too small or too big shoes

1/15/2014 6:32:46 PM

I sure would like to

1/15/2014 6:16:10 PM

"no back, no horse"

1/15/2014 5:58:30 PM

I have had my trainer fit all my saddles for me

1/15/2014 5:49:16 PM

I fitted it myself!

1/15/2014 5:44:42 PM

had a saddle fit for me but not for my horses.

1/15/2014 5:18:11 PM

I have a Lusitano stallion with a short broad back. He is sensitive to his saddle fit.

1/15/2014 5:01:02 PM

Mesured by computer, western saddle

1/15/2014 4:49:41 PM

It is critical to have the saddle fitted correctly to prevent injuries/behavioural problems.

1/15/2014 4:20:13 PM

Fit is essential for both rider and horse.

1/15/2014 4:14:18 PM

by Strada Saddles - highlyi recommend

1/15/2014 3:59:30 PM

No, but I did my homework on english saddle fit before finding the right one.

1/15/2014 3:58:25 PM

but they dont always get it right you put your faith in these people who do you trust...

1/15/2014 3:52:56 PM

But I wonder about having it done a lot!

1/15/2014 3:38:27 PM

No, but I really do need to have a saddle fitting done.

1/15/2014 3:35:43 PM

My horses are notoriously hard to fit. A pro is a must.

1/15/2014 3:32:12 PM

What a difference it made for my horse also a custom bit and we call him happy mouth now.

1/15/2014 3:12:47 PM

It was worth every penny of what it cost me to have it done!

1/15/2014 3:10:04 PM

and made to measure. she has very high withers!

1/15/2014 3:09:50 PM

Absolutely, fit is part of taking good care of your equine partner.

1/15/2014 3:05:25 PM

it is very important mainly for the horse

1/15/2014 2:59:20 PM

I have had a saddle fitted to the horse.

1/15/2014 2:37:21 PM

Yes! I have the fitter come back every 6 months to make adjustments, only $50. Totally worth it!

1/15/2014 2:21:03 PM

I cannot imagine not using a qualified saddle fitter

1/15/2014 2:19:50 PM

once yearly

1/15/2014 2:18:54 PM

Schleese fits all my saddles.

1/15/2014 2:12:09 PM

Wintec changeable gullet

1/15/2014 2:05:44 PM

Waste of time, sale more important than fit.

1/15/2014 2:05:15 PM

get saddles regularly checked, ill fittimg saddle can cause too many problems, horse has old back in

1/15/2014 2:02:18 PM

Have an appointment this sunday for my new horse!

1/15/2014 2:01:32 PM

My horse has kissing spines so I feei it's extra impotant. I have learned so much from Karen Porter.

1/15/2014 1:52:27 PM

It was very helpful. It needs to be repeated as the horse gets fit or gains or loses weight

1/15/2014 1:38:45 PM

after many bad fits trying to fit myself, I will only have a saddle fitted professionally now.

1/15/2014 1:35:29 PM

Would be nice to have one done. Anyone in the Covington, Louisiana area doing saddle fitting?

1/15/2014 1:32:35 PM

This is an essential part of horse health. As a LAMP I see many issues caused by poor saddle fit.

1/15/2014 1:30:53 PM

custom made from a mold of his back

1/15/2014 1:27:59 PM

but they were wrong!!!! didn't fit my horse after exercise to do its competitive job!!!!

1/15/2014 11:55:39 AM

Yes, both my mule and horse.

1/15/2014 11:54:15 AM

The saddRebecca's Treeless Saddles in Oregon helped me solve a problem with a wither-less

1/15/2014 11:21:19 AM

I would never truly trust myself to fit a saddle properly, only to guess then get a professional.

1/15/2014 10:53:09 AM

Twice a year for two horses.

1/15/2014 10:47:17 AM

In the long run, ended up with a treeless saddle.

1/15/2014 10:32:32 AM

When purchasing a new saddle or replacement one I will sit in each saddle to feel the fit of it

1/15/2014 9:49:27 AM

can't afford it and all horse has to do is lose or gain muscle or weight and saddle no longer fits

1/15/2014 9:31:51 AM

Yes, thru the Australian Stock Saddle Co. in Malibu, love my saddle!

1/15/2014 9:20:28 AM

Yes, you can really tell the difference.

1/15/2014 8:34:59 AM

Highly recommend long distance saddle fitter Kitt Hazelton. She saved my horse's back!

1/15/2014 8:23:41 AM

It's important that a saddle fit both the horse and rider!

1/15/2014 8:20:09 AM

I would like to but it is too expemsive.

1/15/2014 6:34:35 AM

Best decision I ever made and only cost a bit more than one from the shop.

1/15/2014 6:24:41 AM

Both my horses came with saddles that fit them well, but it is something I would like to have done

1/15/2014 5:36:40 AM

All my saddles and saddle pads are selected with professional input on horse fit. I'm easier!

1/15/2014 3:06:10 AM

Always have saddles professionaly fitted and checked at least annually.

1/15/2014 1:37:20 AM

Parelli professional fitted the saddle to the horse and me

1/15/2014 12:32:48 AM

But I have had my horse traced by a saddle fitter

1/14/2014 11:34:50 PM

Best $$$ I've ever spent

1/14/2014 11:33:54 PM

I tried many saddles and some fit me and some fit my horse, but none fit both of us.

1/14/2014 11:14:48 PM

For dressage as my young horse grows and changes so dramatically I'd like him to stay comfortable

1/14/2014 11:00:15 PM

Hard to find a "professional" to fit one!

1/14/2014 9:47:07 PM

Mine was custom made for me and my horse.

1/14/2014 9:33:58 PM

VERY hard to find a GOOD saddle-fitter

1/14/2014 9:25:40 PM

no but I do have a Toullouse saddle that is adjustable to the horse...wonderful!

1/14/2014 9:10:50 PM

I always get new saddles professionally fitted - too many back problems in the past to mess around!

1/14/2014 8:21:02 PM

My horse had been using an improperly fitted saddle for years, and often had a sore back as a result

1/14/2014 8:02:41 PM

In 2005 at the Ranch Rodeo Finals in Amarillo I purchased a reining saddle with composit tree

1/14/2014 7:46:08 PM

After trying many,saddles had to get one professionelly fitted, addjusteonce a year for the same one

1/14/2014 7:42:53 PM

It fit the horse so perfectly that I sold it as parat of the deal when I sold that horse.

1/14/2014 7:26:53 PM

This is something that I've always wanted to do, but have never made the time to have it done.

1/14/2014 7:12:50 PM

Saddle position corrected by an anatomically shaped girth.

1/14/2014 7:03:50 PM

Pinch me. Jochen Schleese comes to our barn regularly. Incredible difference for both of us.

1/14/2014 6:59:12 PM

Best thing ever - especially for my Haflinger!

1/14/2014 6:54:28 PM

With all my saddles - both Western & English

1/14/2014 6:54:07 PM

and I have it reassessed yearly

1/14/2014 6:37:34 PM

It guarantees comfort you both horse and rider

1/14/2014 6:35:16 PM

But I am careful to buy a saddle that fits.

1/14/2014 6:34:54 PM

don't use saddles much just use a pad even for trail rides and training

1/14/2014 6:28:37 PM

Always

1/14/2014 6:27:42 PM

My Wintae

1/14/2014 6:25:55 PM

In long distance competitive riding I wanted to make sure we were both as comfortable as possible.

1/14/2014 6:24:54 PM

Wish I had done this with my first mare. I used extra pads, but a better saddle would have helped.

1/14/2014 5:53:21 PM

pretty expensive but looks beautiful

1/14/2014 5:46:58 PM

Own 2 custom tree saddles - never had ONE fitting problem. Expensive but $ well spent

1/14/2014 5:43:00 PM

Best money I ever spent! My horse doesn't fit into "off the shelf" models....

1/14/2014 5:39:41 PM

Overrated

1/14/2014 5:30:48 PM

An endurance saddle

1/14/2014 4:44:35 PM

no, but my specialized saddle was made for me and I custom fit it to my horse

1/14/2014 4:44:26 PM

Always, and checked once a year.

1/14/2014 4:41:49 PM

I wish, We don't have one close in the area :(

1/14/2014 4:39:51 PM

yes , my dressage saddle--i have very short legs so had to have the flaps shorter

1/14/2014 4:37:33 PM

Sure wish I could

1/14/2014 4:28:43 PM

Always.

1/14/2014 4:16:33 PM

I would sure like to have it done.

1/14/2014 4:13:29 PM

I just purchased a new Zaldi which is fitted to both my horse and myself.

1/14/2014 12:12:55 PM

I have mini driving horses. One came w/custom-fit harness.

1/14/2014 11:57:36 AM

We'd love to, and hope to some day, but so far it's been cost prohibitive.

1/14/2014 11:22:15 AM

I bought a custom County sized specifically for my horse. Best investment ever!

1/14/2014 11:18:59 AM

No professional saddle person live in or come to Alaska for a reasonable fee.

1/14/2014 11:13:55 AM

I certainly have wanted to though, horses with odd shaped backs do better with a personalized one

1/14/2014 11:09:43 AM

yes and no, beware of the saddle fitter who also sells a particular brand of saddles.

1/14/2014 11:02:37 AM

Had myself fitted, but would like to have the horses done as well!

1/14/2014 9:43:30 AM

I've read books and magazine articles on it and also had the lady who sold my saddle help me check

1/14/2014 8:50:05 AM

Did research,shopped local.

1/14/2014 7:29:44 AM

But I have attended clinics regarding saddle fit.

1/14/2014 7:26:35 AM

Have saddles regularly checked & fitted as a horse's top line will change with amount/level of work

1/14/2014 7:13:54 AM

POOR SADDLE FIT CAN CAUSE LONG TERM DAMAGE TO THE HORSE AND RIDER!

1/14/2014 5:58:45 AM