Frequently asked questions about saddles answered by oursaddlery.com
Frequently asked questions about saddles: Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about saddles. From fit and sizing to care and maintenance, we’ve got you covered. Learn about the different types of saddles available and the features that set them apart. Discover how to properly measure for a perfect fit and get tips for keeping your saddle in top condition. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced rider, our comprehensive guide has something for everyone.
Frequently asked questions about Saddles
Are there different types of saddles?
Yes, there are several types of saddles used for riding horses. Some of the most common types of saddles include:
Dressage saddles: These saddles are specifically designed for dressage riding and have a long, narrow seat and a deep, supportive knee roll to allow the rider to maintain a balanced position.
Jumping saddles: These saddles have a flatter seat and a slightly forward-angled stirrup bar to allow the rider to maintain a balanced position over jumps.
There are many other types of saddles available, and the type of saddle a rider chooses will depend on the type of riding they do and their personal preferences.
How you can know find the right size of your equestrian saddle?
At Our Saddlery, we find it important to find the perfect equestrian saddle for every horse and rider. To determine the right size saddle for you and your horse, there are a few factors to consider:
Seat size: The seat size of a saddle refers to the distance between the pommel (front of the saddle) and the cantle (back of the saddle). To determine the right seat size, sit on the saddle and measure the distance from the back of your knee to the top of your hip bone. This measurement should match the seat size of the saddle.
Tree width: The tree of a saddle is the internal frame that supports the weight of the rider. It’s important to choose a tree width that matches the width of your horse’s withers (the highest point of the shoulder blade). If the tree is too narrow, it can cause pressure points on the horse’s withers. If the tree is too wide, it can cause the saddle to rock side to side, which can be uncomfortable for the rider.
Flap length: The flap of a saddle refers to the part of the saddle that covers the horse’s shoulder and chest. The flap length should be appropriate for the length of your horse’s shoulder and chest.
Balance: The balance of a saddle refers to the distribution of weight between the front and back of the saddle. It’s important to choose a saddle that is balanced and doesn’t put too much weight on the horse’s withers or hind end.
To ensure that you choose the right size saddle, it’s a good idea to consult with a qualified saddle fitter or a trained professional at a tack shop. They can help measure your horse and fit you with the right size saddle. Take a look at our size guide page.
How to maintain your equestrian saddle?
Properly maintaining your equestrian saddle is important to ensure that it stays in good condition and continues to provide a comfortable and safe ride for both you and your horse. Here are some tips for maintaining your saddle:
Clean the saddle regularly: Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe down the saddle after each ride to remove dirt and sweat. You can also use a saddle soap or leather cleaner to gently clean the leather. Avoid using harsh chemicals or water to clean the saddle, as this can damage the leather.
When you have an equestrian saddle made of leather: Condition the leather: Leather saddles require regular conditioning to keep the leather supple and prevent it from drying out and cracking. Use a leather conditioner or oil to moisturize the leather and restore its natural oils.
Protect the saddle from the elements: When not in use, store your saddle in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and moisture. Cover the saddle with a saddle cover to protect it from dust and dirt.
Check for damage regularly: Inspect the saddle regularly for any signs of wear or damage, such as cracks, tears, or broken stitches. If you notice any issues, have the saddle repaired by a professional as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
Keep the saddle properly fitted: A properly fitted saddle is important for the comfort and safety of both you and your horse. Have the saddle checked and refitted by a professional saddle fitter if necessary.
By following these maintenance tips, you can help ensure that your saddle stays in good condition and continues to provide a comfortable and safe ride for you and your horse.
Remember that each horse saddle and brand requires different maintenance.
Do you want to know specifically how to maintain each saddle? Contact us.