21 Jul 2019

Size matters when it comes to saddles, say experts

Scientists have confirmed that saddle fit and rider weight do affect horses’ performance and welfare.

Riders of inappropriate weight or size for the horse, especially when combined with an ill-fitting saddle, can cause temporary lameness, behavioural changes, back muscle tension and pain in the horse.

And what many saddle fitters already suspected is now being proved through research.

A series of presentations, also covering equine and rider asymmetry in relation to saddle fit, was presented by internationally renowned experts at the third Saddle Research Trust conference in December.

Now the Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) has made the information from the event free to access. You can read it here science-in-brief online editorial.

See the June issue of ETN for a Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) accredited CPD feature for saddle fitters plus our invaluable saddle-makers’ directory.

More recently the Horse & Hound report on the Great Yorkshire Show where 9 riders were asked to dismount for concerns for their horses/ponies. Read article