Posted on 27th April 2019
Many a client tell me of how they have had numerous saddle rel-flocks and checks by multiple saddlers time after time yet they still have problems when it comes to muscle development and movement of their horses. We all know how much a simple saddle call out check can cost, add that to repeatedly trying new saddles and re-flocking the best fit at the time, but horses change shape, normally far to often than what our budget can allow! My ethos is to fit for the future, fit a saddle that will allow your horse to build the muscle that their current saddle is blocking. The muscle that we all try so hard to build!
I now regularly have vets and physios refer horses to me for a saddle check when lameness is intermittent. A slight twist in the tree, too narrow a gullet, narrow panels and/or an incorrect tree can all cause mild lameness. Continual minor impingement can stop the skeleton moving correctly and aggravate any potential problem. Clients always insist that their fitter has checked their horse, but a second opinion never hurts and can help re-balance the horse and improve recovery.
A saddle assessment includes a check of the muscles and asymmetry, with a variety of saddles used to assess and check the optimum movement and balance using shims and other means, to find the correct combination that allows the horse to move correctly. The original saddle is then put back on to ensure the horse is not blocked in any way. Having found what the best movement is, is then easy to assess that the saddle fulfills the right criteria as you already have the movement to compare with. This is ideally what you need from a saddler check if your horse is, or has been lame.
If you have any doubts in your mind regarding t he progress of your horses development under saddle, both education wise and muscle development, please don’t hesitate to contact me, i will be pleased to help!