Saturday, April 04, 2009

Saddle Fit

Here are some images of different saddles, different angles, on the same horse, Tucker, who belongs to Kristen. She says:

"I thought it would be fun to explore how different saddles fit. I tossed a couple on I knew would not fit just for a comparison.

Which saddle do you think fits the best? Which one(s) doesn't fit?"

Saddle 1 is a Stubben Siefried saddle.

Saddle 2 is a Big Horn western.

Saddle 3 is an Astund Special Icelandic saddle.

Saddle 4 is an Ascot International draft horse saddle.

Saddle 5 is a Barbier dressage saddle.

Saddle 6 is an "Evolutionary" flexible panel saddle.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Can You Ride Without a Bit

I think you have to have a special connection with your horse to be able to ride without a bit. Some people *need* a bit to "control" their horse. But if a horse is willing to lend you his legs, and his mind connects with your mind, it should be a ride that does not need any pulling or yanking on the reins.

This article should help owners get to the point of connecting on a different level with their horses: