With the end of show season fast approaching, it’s a great idea to have your horse’s saddle checked for fit. Why, you ask? Well, showing can affect your horse’s weight and muscling dramatically from start to finish. Chances are, his workload has jumped up a bit from over the winter, which can cause changes in his muscling. Plus, travelling to and from shows can be stressful, which can alter his weight and can contribute to ulcers (which won’t necessarily affect his saddle fit but can make him more girthy).
Here’s a quick list of things to look for:
- Changes in Balance
- Feeling tipped forward or backward? This could indicate that the saddle is either too wide, too narrow, or in need of some flocking
- Saddle Slippage
- If the saddle slides forward or backward, the above causes can apply.
- If it slides to one side, your flocking could have packed down asymmetrically.
- Changes in Behavior
- Is your normally cool-headed mount starting to show signs of girthiness? Has your Steady Eddie started walking off when you’re going to get on? These behaviors, along with abnormal ear pinning/tail swishing, refusing to go forward, etc. are some of the more subtle signs of potential saddle problems. Obviously, bucking, rearing, and bolting tell us that something is afoot. While it may not be a saddle issue, it doesn’t hurt to check it out.
So, in the spirit of wanting to keep everyone happy and comfortable, we here at Balanced Equine Saddle Fitting want to extend a special offer: call or text the office with the promo code SHOW2015 and receive 10% off your next assessment! But hurry! Our offer expires 10/15/15. (425) 954-6559
We look forward to seeing you soon!