The Bareback Rider

To understand saddle fitting, we should first notice where the rider sits naturally on a horse’s back. This was a photo that I took at the British Museum of a human skeleton riding a horse skeleton (well, the Photoshopped version!).  What can we learn about saddle fitting from this photo? The rider naturally sits just behind…

Welcome to the art of saddle fitting!

Saddle fitting is an art. Riding is dynamic – the horse is ever changing, the rider’s balance is constantly in flux.  The static nature of a saddle means that we can only approximate the ‘best fit’ for the horse based on his current conformation, his strength, flexibility, movement, and past experiences with saddlery and training.…