Does your horse have a straight back or a curvy back or something in between?? 🤔🤔
Horses have different shapes through the length of their backs and it's very important to know if your saddle tree matches this shape. You also need to consider the horse's static shape vs dynamic shape as horse's can lift their backs when being ridden, changing their profile shape! 🐎
And did you know that most of the cheaper saddles you buy off the shelf are based on a standard shape horse? So if you have a horse who doesn't fit this mold you could be causing the horse all sorts of problems! 😬
There are 2 main problems caused with an incorrect profile shape: bridging and rocking. Both are a big problem for your horse because they not only make your horse uncomfortable they can also decrease your horse's performance, cause muscle damage, compensatory posture, behavioural issues, and make your horse very sore. 😥
How do you correctly store your saddle? The wrong saddle stands and racks can cause damage to your saddle panels & flocking. Check out the types of racks that are safe to use and how to convert others using Smoothie slip ons, pool noodles or other thick padding.
How to Measure up for your Mattes Pad mattes-pad-measuring-guide-3Using a measuring tape measure the distance, following the contour of the saddle at the top of the channel, between an imaginary line at the front. Add a minimum of 6cm. The measurement you have just taken is the MINIMUM pad length required for your saddle. Choose the appropriate size from this guide: Small=47cm Medium=54cm Large=58cm Extra large=62cm