Finding the right saddle for you and your horse can be a long and expensive exercise, so it pays to have some knowledge of all the options before heading to your nearest saddlery store.
The range most stores can carry is not always representative of the huge variety now available through independent and online manufacturers and retailers who can specialise and custom-make saddles.
If you are not sure where to start, or already have a saddle but need to find out if it fits properly, then it’s important to find a good independent saddle fitter to guide you. Those that have completed the ‘Saddle Fit for Life’ training are recommended.
There seems to be plenty of advice about traditional saddle styles made with a tree, so the articles below focus on the alternative options – Treeless, Flexible tree saddles and bareback pads.