A well-fitting saddle is one of key elements of a ridden horse welfare. When your saddle fits your horse and you movement and partnership is efficient, comfortable and more enjoyable for both of you - whatever you do together.
Dr Caroline Benoist, Neue Schule, delivered a fascinating presentation at the recent National Equine Forum meeting. She packed a whole lot into her 30mins, including her findings on the Dr Bristol Bit versus the 'humble' French Link.
..."The consensus of the results was rather disturbing. Only 4 of 34 riders (12%) had alignment of their shoulder, ‘hip’ and heel.
14 of 34 riders (41%) were judged to be sitting too far towards the back of the saddle.
20 of 34 riders (59%) were considered to be too big for their saddle.
These findings have implications for the balance of the rider with the horse and the rider’s weight distribution on the horse relative to its centre of gravity. These preliminary results will form the basis of a much larger scale study of saddle fit to horse and rider and the influence on rider position" ...