Wearing a poor-fitting saddle is like wearing shoes that are too tight or too loose – uncomfortable and potentially dangerous. An ill-fit saddle puts both horse and rider at a serious disadvantage. One of the most important things you can do for your horse is make certain his or her saddle fits properly. Doing so will prosper the health and serviceability of your horse. The correct saddle fit will reduce its physical deterioration over time, foster a sturdier frame, and improve the rider’s balance. Spend some one-on-one time with the equine experts of TruFit Saddle, and take comfort in knowing that they’re fully dedicated to helping you find your perfect saddle.
Proper flocking will correct the balance of the saddle or level a saddle on an asymmetric horse. Trufit always uses high quality wool flock.
To adjust the flocking, panels can be dropped at the front, back or both. You can also work with the panel while it is still in the saddle, depending on the adjustments that are needed. Trufit can provide the following flocking services:
On-site Flocking: When small adjustments can be achieved adequately, without dropping the entire panel.
Bench Flocking (done in a workshop): At times it is necessary to drop the front or back of the panel or both, in order to do the best job of flocking as possible, and return to the client within a few days.
Regardless of where it is done, the saddle should be flocked to suite the back profile of that particular horse and the saddle should be properly refitted afterwards on site.
Your qualified saddle fitter will recommend any adjustments necessary.
Flocking is intending to "cushion" and reduce trauma, if a saddle is over-flocked it will be hard, the cushioning will be lost.
Onsite and Bench Flocking
Remedial Fittings are to help improve the position of the rider and the horse's performance. Ensuring a saddle is balanced, front-to-back and side-to-side, requires adjustments (remedial fitting) on an otherwise good fitting saddle when necessary.
To do this, Trufit uses "visualize jackets" (worn by the rider) which have markings (shown below), along with tab markers on the back of the saddle, croup and atop the horse's tail. Our goal is to get a clear, straight line from the jacket to the saddle, and to the back of the horse. We record the rider and horse in movement using the coached eye to further investigate asymmetrical movement. Afterwards, we discuss the findings with the rider and explain possible solutions for keeping the saddle balanced, front-to-back and side-to-side.
Horses change from season-to-season. Therefore, a once well-fitted saddle may not fit depending on the time of year, feeding program, type of work, injuries, time off work, or whether the horse is on or off grass.
Horse owners and riders need to keep a watchful eye on any changes and red flags that may indicate a possible saddle fit issue. Some red flags include, horse with head up, pinned ears or a swishing tail while being ridden.
The high-quality English and European saddles of TruFit’s manufacturing brands can only be purchased through a designated stockist. TruFit is one of the designated stockist in the Western New York region for our manufacturer brands. Visit our Brands page, to find links to our manufacturer's websites, or contact us to schedule a consultation.
It's our philosophy to stay aware of the biomechanics research that is used widely within the field on projects - like product testing equestrian saddles, girths, saddle pads, bridles and bits. These are essential for a good fit. We believe in staying up to date with the latest research and techniques.
The way a horse moves can largely be affected by the equipment used. Research information is used to ensure the horse stays supple and sound. Trufit Saddle offers the following services, and will work with you towards an outcome that optimizes the wellbeing of the horse and the safety of the rider.