We recommend using a Back Cinch on all our western saddles for some very good reasons. One is Safety. The other is stability. But, how you use your back cinch on your western saddle can affect both of these things in a good or bad way...
No matter where you are on your riding journey, beginner through expert, there are 3 key factors influencing your horse’s performance. 1. The Horse. 2. Saddle & Pad. 3. The Rider. These 3 things have a critical relationship. While each one is extremely important independently, when combined, they are essential to your horse’s soundness, happiness, and progress.
New saddles are beautiful to the eye, but sometimes they can require a little 'bedding in' or 'breaking in' before they become like that old comfortable pair of socks. Be sure to follow our easy steps below to ensure you start your partnership off the right way.
After riding a saddle a few times, it should become clear if it is suitable for you and your horse, or not! Here are 3 tips for making sure you know what to look for!
Find out the difference between Equine Conformation vs Posture. Which one can be improved/changed? How do we improve the performance/comfort of the horse with certain challenges? Find out in the first of our Conformation vs Posture series...
Our Before and After footage is most often taken on the SAME DAY with the SAME HORSE and the SAME RIDER. Yes. The changes we show are practically INSTANTANEOUS - which is even more powerful.
Does Your Saddle Fit - Article by Natural Horseman Saddles, published in THINK HORSEMANSHIP MAGAZINE August 1st 2019.
"Shimming can temporarily replace wasted muscles and create a lovely, even contact with the saddle." Find out more about how shimming horses with postural or conformational anomolies can help with saddle fit.
Why does the balance of the saddle matter? Because where the rider’s weight is most concentrated and how the rider is postured will influence the ability of the horse AND rider to use their bodies efficiently. This is where “harmony” and “happiness” is possible.
"Tapered foam shims in just the right shape, placed in just the right position in the pad become the keys to success. And these tweaks to perfection are surprisingly easy to employ with our system."