Recently, one of my clients was looking for a good quality saddle pad that can help with comfort for her posture and shape changing horse. When bringing horses back from long periods of no work or very inconsistent work, the back comfort is almost always an issue as the horse often moves crookedly and/or changes shape rapidly as rehabilitative work progresses. Using a new/different saddle every few weeks is out of question for an average one-horse owner.
In my research of what’s new on the market that might help with this issue (as it’s fairly wide spread among many horse owners), I came across these guys – Total Saddle Fit – and would be interested to know what you think…
I personally lost count of the amount of times I pull the numnah/saddle pad up into the gullet of the saddles to make sure they don’t end up pressing down the withers. There are various high wither numnah options on the market but you might ask a question – if we don’t want that material there in the first place, why not taking it out? The Total Saddle Fit one sounds like a very good idea even though I am not usually a big fan of thick padding under the saddle once the horse is fitted with one well.
My client ended up buying a really nice pad of a different make which made a distinct difference to how she sits in the saddle and how the horse moves. She certainly isn’t a one-off example so I would be silly to discount the benefits of a well chosen saddle pad.
What do you think? Have any of you used the Total Saddle Fit pad or their saddle adjustment system? Watching many horses working under my clients I would say that bridging, front to back imbalance and lateral shifting of the saddle are three most common issues I see that create motion discomfort. What are your experiences?