Saddle care - Preventing damage
A saddle can be a very expensive item and needs to be taken care of to prevent damaging it.
Repairs can be costly. So to prevent your saddle getting accidently damaged, all you need to do is think before you doing anything. Most of it is logic!
If your saddle is damaged it can cause unnecessary suffering to the horse and problems to his back. If he is a show jumper he could end up stopping due to the discomfort from the saddle.
He could also develop bad habits such as bucking, rearing, and refusing to go forward.
Sometimes a horse will tolerate pain for a certain amount of time then; unable to cope any more will simply take off and try to run away from the pain.
All horses are different and have different coping methods.
If you think your saddle might be damaged, get it checked out with a master saddler or anyone else who is qualified, or highly recommended.
Saddle problems can affect a horse’s performance, so looking after your saddle is important.
When you buy a saddle, you need to make sure it fits the horse and is also suitable for you.
A friend of mine bought a horse that came with a “full wardrobe”.
She was thrilled and said the saddle was very comfortable to ride in.
Well that may have been so, however she later found out that the saddle was in fact damaged and the horse was suffering from back problems.
The moral of the story is, never assume that the saddle that
comes with the horse you buy , is a good fitting saddle.
My saddle has tree damage, how can this be?
There are many ways in which the tree of a saddle can get damaged.
I think I have seen most of them, as it’s commonly seen with people who are new to the horse world.
You just don’t see the danger until it happens. Here are the classic accidents waiting to happen.
Allowing the horse to roll with the saddle on.
Accidently dropping the saddle on the floor.
Placing the saddle on the horse and walking away to get the girth.
Placing the saddle on the horse with the girth very slack. The horse turns around in the stable and the saddle slips off.
Forgetting to hold the saddle when you do the girth up, that’s a little bit on the small side for the horse.
Tacking the horse up in the stable and leaving him there without tying him up, and he decides he wants to lay down and roll.
You rest your saddle on the stable door and the horse reaches out and rubs his head on the saddle, knocking it to the floor.
Using the saddle on an unsuitable horse.
What saddle do I need? – GP Jumping showing dressage etc
Saddle problems - Parts of saddle
Saddle slips forwards or backwards
Bridle parts – How to put a bridle on – How to take the bridle off
Horse training aids
How to choose the correct girth size – What type of girth should I buy?
The blinker bridle – Horse driving bits – Harness information
Parts of the driving harness – How to harness a horse – Different types of horse harness
Cleaning the bridle – Taking the bridle apart – Putting the bridle back together – Oiling the bridle
Saddling up a horse – Numnahs ans saddle cloths
Cleaning the saddle
How to fit a saddle – Does my saddle fit?