Saddle fit impacts your horse, too
For lots of riders, your saddle is one of the most expensive pieces of equipment you’ll have to buy your horse and therefore, it’s easy to just use what you have available to you.
When I was learning to ride, I was on so many different horses week-to-week that I borrowed or bought saddles to fit myself and didn’t worry too much about the rest.
But it’s just as important the saddle you use on your horse day in and day out fit them as well as it fits you. Repeated use of an ill-fitting saddle can have serious health and soundness consequences, creating an asymmetry of movement or muscling that can cause pain in itself but also lead to limb problems as the horse tries to compensate.
That can lead to behavioral problems, too—if a horse begins associating an ill-fitting saddle with pain, they may begin to become sour or badly-behaved when they have to wear it.
Don’t trust your backside
Your best bet for determining saddle fit, whether you ride Western or English, is to get an independent saddle fitter or your trainer to examine the saddle and pads you use on your horse.
Here are a few hints that you may need to call in an expert opinion: