My saddle leans to one side, why?
Horses are one sided and asymmetrical as are we and training ourselves to ride more straightly as well as training our horse to move straighter is of equal importance.
Asymmetry can create imbalance and whether this comes from the horse or the rider it can have an effect on your saddle’s fitting.
The saddle is a static object between two moving dynamics and will often translate any asymmetric movement and sometimes with adverse effects.
For example if a horse has one shoulder bigger than the other or a weaker hind leg, the saddle might be encouraged to lean to one side, it could also be that the rider is not sitting centrally and collapsing through their hip and pushing the saddle over, all of these things can result in the horse or human compensating their posture in order to maintain or regain balance with a detrimental effect on the saddle’s positioning.
Whichever way it’s not necessarily the saddles fault, it’s just delivering the message! Steps should be taken to stabilise the slippage allowing the saddle to sit as centrally as possible. It’s also worth remembering with wool flocked panels that the flocking will settle and mould so regular check ups and rebalancing is to be expected.
We recommend having your saddle checked at 6-12 monthly intervals and more frequently with a young developing horse, to arrange your next appointment contact Sally in the office to discuss your requirements
01270 842741
Further thoughts….
Could the saddle tree be twisted?
There is often talk of saddle trees being twisted but to assess this properly the saddle needs to be stripped back down on the bench not assessed by the eye on a stable door, more often than not it can be a case of uneven flocking, occasionally misaligned panels or seaming that creates an illusion of twisting but with today’s manufacturing processes the likelihood is getting far less, however if you’re concerned have a chat with your saddler or saddle fitter.
More interestingly there has been much research into saddle slippage and hind limb lameness, this article by the AHT is definitely worth a read……
http://www.aht.org.uk/cms-display/equine_ors.html
With horses there’s always something more to learn