Saddle Fit and the Heavier Rider - Revised Edition

Saddle Fit and the Heavier Rider - Revised Edition

At the risk of offending any of our readers, this is a topic which does need to be addressed again in all honesty. The issue of proper saddle fit is not by any means limited to heavier riders – all riders and all horses can and will benefit from a correctly fitted saddle! However, heavier riders bring with them a whole different set of challenges. Before anyone gets their knickers in a knot about possibly ‘arbitrary’ designations of weight – I absolutely recognize that someone who weighs 180 pounds and is sitting in a gender appropriate saddle may ride more lightly and more balanced than a 120-pound beginner rider who is sitting in a saddle that doesn’t fit her properly. Supporting documentation from an independent source: Sue Dyson et al. The Influence of Rider: Horse Bodyweight Ratio and the rider-horse-saddle fit on equine gait and behaviour: a Pilot Study. 2019 Equine Veterinary Education Https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/eve.13085

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