Understanding the “Balance” of Your Saddle

Your saddle can have a big impact on your riding. If you often feel out of balance, or struggle to stay in the position described by your riding instructor it may not be just your abilities as a rider, your saddle can either help you find a balanced and comfortable position or it can do just the opposite and have you feeling continually out of sync with your horse.

Saddle fitting is a big topic for both horse and rider, and whether a saddle has a forward, rear, or center balance is just one small piece of the picture. However, as we become more aware of the details that affects both us and our horses we can make better decisions about everything from equipment to training techniques.

In today’s video, I give you a few pointers on determining the balance of a saddle and understanding how that my affect you as a rider.

*Please note that I highly recommend working with a professional saddle fitter to find a better fitting saddle for you or your horse or to change the fit of a saddle. It is difficult to fix a saddle’s fit or balance by simply changing pads, other factors such as the width of the saddle, shape of the tree, and placement of the stirrup bars can also affect the rider’s balance. 

Here are the links to the other videos I referenced.

What Poor Saddle Fit Can Do to Your Horse – Interview with Terry Peiper

How Saddle Fit Affects the Rider – Interview with Jochen Schleese

Thanks for watching! I will see you in the comments!

Callie

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