Independent Saddle Fitting

Teaching you how to understand saddle fit!


Susan & David Hartje

Plymouth, CA





Do you have the SYMPTOMS?

               What is your horse telling you?

Is your saddle fighting you?


Why are there so many Saddle Fit Problems?

    But I had a custom saddle made...

My horse doesn't complain, but we can't progress...

When it might Not be your saddle's fault...



Learn how to tell what fits for yourself!

Hands-on learning opportunities - Clinic Schedule

Elements of Saddle Fit

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Experience really does count in resolving saddle fit problems.


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                  The importance of checking

Food for Thought

What our Clients say

Frequently Asked Questions

About Us

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An all day Saddle Fitting Clinic Includes: 

     A Two hour seminar covering the mechanics and function of saddles, interspersed with hands-on application of that information. Participants get experience evaluating saddle fit on a variety of horses including their own. Then they ride in saddles to compare what the horse has to say about the fit. (The riding may be done on subsequent days, depending on the number of participants.)

Saddle Fitting Clinic

Above: Participants get to see and feel different types of saddles and how they fit (and not fit) on the same horse. 

Left: David talks about the function of the saddle parts and what their impacts are on the horse. 

Below: Susan works with horses and riders under saddle to evaluate fit and improve their seat.

Clinic Content:

- How the horse is made
- How Western & English saddles are made
- Functions of the Saddle Parts
- How the Saddle Affects the Horse
- How the Saddle Affects the Rider
- Why are there so many Problems?
- Signs of Poor Saddle Fit for the Horse
- Signs of Poor Saddle Fit for the Rider
Saddle Fit & Balanced Riding Clinic

                  A 1-2 day Clinic: 

Includes a 2-4 hour interactive seminar covering the mechanics and function of saddles and the role of balance in riding.  Activities on the ground interspersed with discussion illustrate how small fit and balance changes affect the horse and rider. 

This is followed by hands-on application of that information. Participants get to help evaluate saddle fit on multiple horses.  Then, using their own saddle - or one from the Saddles That Fit! mobile store* - riders are coached to develop a more balanced seat.

*We stock an average of 40 new and used saddles to help us determine the best maker, tree and seat options for each horse and rider. If we have the perfect combo in stock, we will sell that saddle. If we don't, we help you order the perfect new saddle direct from the maker. Either way, we are there to help you throughout the process. And our fit guarantee means we will still be there to help after you buy too.  

Contact Us to discuss what Saddles That Fit! service will work best for your needs.

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