The day of your saddlefitting

What happens on the day of your saddlefitting

Your saddlefitting session duration will be approximately 60 minutes and the fitter will have a lot to cover in that time. It would be really helpful if you can have your horse ready and waiting for the allocated timeslot.

The saddlefitter will assess the shape and form of your horse and will watch your horse moving on the ground. They may ask you to walk the horse away from them and back and the same in trot. Your saddlefitter may ask questions about any problems which you have encountered with your horse such as lameness, headflicking or tongue lolling out of the side of the horses mouth.

The saddlefitter will explain to you throughout the process what is required to achieve the most pleasant fit for horse and rider.

If you already have a saddle which you would like the fitter to fit, they will check it over and possibly ask history if the saddle is second hand.

Your saddlefitter will take a wither template which a copy will be provided to you for your records. Our saddlefitter is an independent saddlefitter and is not affiliated to a particular brand of saddle.

As a ridden assessment is required please make sure that there is an area which is firm and flat which is suitable for a ridden assessment and an area in which a static assessment can be completed.

From a health & safety perspective for saddlefitter, horse and client;

  • Please ensure that you advise the saddlefitter of any issues, quirks or nuances with the horse before attending. 
  • Please let us know if your horse has been injured  or under the current care of a physiotherapist, vetinerarnian or ostoepath etc. and any reports from them.
  • Please ensure that you wear appropriate riding attire including riding helmet
  • Please tack your horse up in the same way you would normally