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What Poor Saddle Fit can do to Your Horse…

Unsoundness, not picking up the correct lead, going too fast, bad ground manners, “girthy” horses… problems we have all encountered, but not often linked to an ill fitting saddle. In today’s post, I interview Terry Peiper, who tells us why we should listen to our horses and what they may be telling us, as these problems can sometimes be traced back to bad fitting saddle.

This past summer, I had the privilege of meeting Terry Peiper of Fit Right Saddle Solutions when she did a fitting on a mare that a friend and student of mine was leasing. The difference in how that mare moved under her new saddle compared to her old saddle was enough to get me very interested in learning more about the art of saddle fitting. Terry recently invited me to a free lecture she taught on saddle fitting at her farm in Carlisle, Pa, so I made the trip up last week with camera gear in tow to learn more about this important topic and get some insights and stories from Terry that I could share with you here at CRK Training Blog.

To give you a little more background on Terry, she is also a certified riding instructor who has been teaching for over 30 years, and was ranked among the top 50 riding instructors in America. Terry balances helping her riding students with her passion for educating people about the importance of saddle fit through her career as a Saddle Ergonomist/Independent Saddle Fitter. Please hit play to watch the interview and then scroll down for more saddle fitting resources.

You can find more information on Terry and contact her at

To learn more about how to check your own saddle fit, visit There are some great videos on this site as well!

Finally, please put your thoughts and questions in the comments section below!

p.s. I plan to do more interviews to bring in expertise from all kinds of professionals within the horse industry to share with you, so let me know if you like these interviews and what you want to learn more about!

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