Before beginning a saddle fitting on any horse, it is important that the rider discuss any issues that they are having with the horse’s back. If there are any unsoundness or soreness issues, it is important to know this before you begin a fitting. They may be caused by an ill-fitting saddle!
The main reason for the proper fitting of a saddle is the horse’s comfort. The horse cannot perform well if the saddle is causing pain. If you are checking the fit of an existing saddle, it may help to see the horse under saddle before you begin the fitting to observe any signs of discomfort. These usually can be recognized by pinning ears, bobbing head, unusual high head carriage, and/or short strides.