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Adding a Half Pad to a Custom Fit Saddle

Saddle Fit Questions and Answers with August Equine.  Why would you add a half pad to a custom saddle? “There are actually a few reasons to consider the use of half pads. (*Important to note that not all half pads are created equal) I use the half pad as an extension of a well-fitted saddle. […]

TREE POINTS: The 5 Characteristics

This article is from our friends at US Saddle Fitting. We highly recommend giving her a follow on Facebook!  A recent FB post on my personal page of the below drawings revealed that most people did NOT see what was intended (a naked saddle tree), but saw… other naked objects. (I don’t profess to be an […]

The Truth Tack Review: Western Cotton Saddle Pads

Western Cotton Liners

With so many options out on the markets, it can be overwhelming. Our end goal is for happy healthy horses (and riders!). We find the best way to help us achieve that goal is to educate our customers, but it is important to not just take our word for it. Check out some of this […]

Flocked Saddles Issues and Solutions: Using a ThinLine

Written by Fred Taht, Veritas Saddles As a saddle fitter, one of the most common scenarios I encounter are flocked saddles which have compressed faster in the front – especially new or recently flocked saddles. In most saddles, the stirrup bars are attached to the tree points (right). This focuses the rider’s weight on the […]

Why Saddle Fitters Recommend ThinLine

Why Saddle Fitters Recommend ThinLine Written by Terry Peiper of Fit Right Saddle Solutions in Carlisle PA. ThinLine saddle pads were first introduced to me in 2010 when I asked Susan Harris, an Anatomy in Motion Riding Instructor, for her advice on how we could prevent our lesson horses from becoming sour.  Without hesitation, she […]

Understanding Saddle Fitting – Pamela McNellis

Understanding Saddle Fitting with Pamela McNellis A variety of saddle fitting techniques are available today. The most common way to fit or assess saddle fit is by doing a wither tracing. There are many websites that show how to take a wither tracing which may potentially work for your horse yet there are some points […]

A Saddle Pad with Solutions for Swayback Horses

A Saddle Pad with Solutions for Swayback Horses Swayback can appear in horses to in a variety of degrees in horses, from a simple lack of topline to severe lordosis. Swayback is defined by the horses’ back dips in the center of the top line. It can be caused by poor saddle fit, improper training, […]