Check it’s a good fit
QHow can I check my saddle fits properly and how often should I get it checked? Theresa Collins, Norfolk
AWhen you buy a new saddle, your saddle fitter will advise you to have it checked around two months after purchase. The flocking may have settled and it’ll need topping up if the saddle is wool flocked. After this, get a check every six to 12 months.
How it fits
When checking your saddle, ensure that it sits level on your horse’s back so it enables you to sit centrally. Under your weight, there should be adequate (but not excessive)
clearance over his spine and the bearing surface of the saddle shouldn’t extend beyond his last rib. When the saddle’s ridden in, look for excessive movement – it’s a problem if the back of the saddle lifts up and down in rising trot, or the saddle sits off to one side, likewise if it slips forwards or backwards. Finally, it’s good practice to check all the girth straps are in good order and that the panels are smooth and soft. Hard lumpy panels won’t do your horse’s back any good.
Your saddle should remain still when you’re riding