PRINCIPLES OF SHIMMING Part Four

"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.

PRINCIPLES OF SHIMMING Part Three

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.

PRINCIPLES OF SHIMMING Part Two

"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."

PRINCIPLES OF SHIMMING Part One

"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."

WHAT SIZE FENDERS DO I HAVE?

There may come a time when you need to work out what length western fenders are on your saddle. You may need to replace worn fenders or need to purchase a different size. Watch our HOW TO video on where to place your yardstick or measuring tape and work out which you have.

BE SADDLE FIT SAVVY

Somehow, it's ingrained in us! We need a saddle expert to get things right. Whilst this is not a bad thing, most of the time, self empowerment is not only possible but preferable...

TRADITION vs INNOVATION. Where do you sit?

At Natural Horseman Saddles, our innovative thinking has seen us come up against many a traditionalist. And to be honest, we are ok with that. Horses keep telling us we're on the right track!

HORSE SADDLE RESEARCH & MICHAEL JACKSON…

Our colleague Nicole put pen to paper and wrote about her visit to Writtle University College in Chelmsford, Essex in the United Kingdom. Writtle's researchers are searching for answers regarding ‘Saddle Fit’ and requested our saddle equipment be used in their extensive study and research.

3 STEPS TO CORRECT SADDLE PLACEMENT – HORSE SADDLE SET UP

Saddle position on your horse's body effects performance and comfort (for both of you) significantly. Here are some simple tips to give you confidence you're setting up your equipment in the right place and offering the maximum positive results possible.

NEGOTIATING WITH HORSES

Riding horses never happens without Negotiation… We should be good at it! Negotiating is something we do each and every day! With our children, our spouses, our work mates - an endless list. To be a truly good negotiator, knowing what the ‘want’ is for both parties is an important skill to employ.