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Saddle Fitting Perth

So, you might be here because your horse is misbehaving, you don't feel balanced, you simply care for your horse and would like to learn more about the importance of Saddle Fitting, or you're in the hunt for a NEW saddle!

Well firstly let's just say, you might be in luck! Saddles Plus has over 35 years' experience in Saddle Fitting & Saddle Designing, and hold accreditation from an International Master Saddle Fitting Course in Germany. Whether your current saddle just needs fitting or you're in the market for a new saddle, We can help you! Feel free to have a browse through this page for some more info on Saddle Fitting, or if you have any questions feel free to contact our Head Saddle Fitter, Gary Johnson. His details are at the bottom of this page.

Please find the following sub-headings on this page:

  • The Importance of Saddle Fitting, including a demonstration Saddle Fitting video with Gary Johnson,
  • What range of saddles does Saddles Plus have available,
  • Prices... How much can you expect to pay for a Saddles Plus Expert Saddle Fit,
  • How to buy a new saddle with 6 months Interest free,
  • Those who want a Quality Saddle Fitting Service outside of Perth Metro?
  • How can you find out more information and how do I book with one of our Expert Saddle Fitters!

The Importance of Saddle Fitting

A correctly fitting saddle is extremely important to both horse and rider. Gary Johnson of Saddles Plus created this video to show you the main features of a correctly fitting saddle.

The gullet width along with the balance of the saddle are the two main factors of a correctly fitting saddle. Majority of horses take a medium/wide to wide gullet width, however there are also horses out there that are narrower and much wider. It is important to remember that different brands of saddles are measured differently and what may be a medium gullet in one brand of saddle may be a wide in a different brand. The biggest issue with incorrect gullet widths is when the saddle is too narrow for the horse, causing pressure points into the muscle and rib cage. This then makes engaging the hindquarter very difficult for the horse and subsequently will have trouble building up topline, and working well for the rider.

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The balance of the saddle is also very important to make sure the rider is positioned right in the middle of the seat. The weakest part of the horse is right in between the front and hind legs. Therefore, if a saddle is sitting down in the back, the rider will be sitting to the back of the saddle and subsequently creating soreness to the horse’s back. Research has shown that as a rider, we ride at 1 ½ - 3 times our own body weight and block blood supply to the horse’s back by about 60-80%. A correctly balanced saddle increases stability and makes it easier for the rider to maintain balance and not flop around on the horse’s back. Flocked saddles are by far the best option for dressage saddles as this allows a tailored fitting to your horse. The world’s leading saddle manufacturer’s use this method as not only does it allow the panels to be adjusted, but also creates a panel that is firm enough to help with rider stability.

There are a variety of saddle pads on the market to help with a correctly balanced saddle and comfort the horse. However, there are also a lot of back pads that will not help the situation at all and may even create further issues. Sheepskin, memory foam and the new gel pads are all shock absorbing materials that will make your horse more comfortable when we ride them.

Saddles Plus offer a fantastic mobile saddle fitting service to keep horse and rider happy. Whether you would like the fit of your 

/images/core/service-02.jpgcurrent saddle checked or you are looking for a new saddle, Gary Johnson from Saddle Plus can help. His mobile van is fitted out with necessary tools and can generally adjust your saddle there and then. He also carries approximately 80 demonstration saddles and a range of saddle accessories. As Gary explains in the video, it is important to have about 3-4 rides in a saddle and get your coach to watch you ride in it before you decide. Saddles Plus offer the best saddle trialling service in Western Australia where you can borrow 1 or 2 saddles at a time for approximately 7 days to ensure you buy the right saddle for both you and your horse.

Obviously, our horses change shape from time to time so it is important to make sure your saddle is always fitting correctly. The wool flocking will also compress over a period and may need restuffing or balancing every 6-12 months depending on the number of rides per week you are having.

 

Video length: 10 mins 23 secs.

What range of saddles does Saddles Plus have available? Saddle Brands Prestige, KN, Amerigo, Vega, Riviera, Platinum, Syd Hill and Sons

No matter what your discipline, Saddles Plus will have a saddle that will suit your needs! Saddles Plus carry one of the largest range of Saddles in Australia, including the following saddle brands: KN, Prestige, Amerigo, Kieffer, Platinum, Riviera, Vega, and Syd Hill & Sons. You can check out our range of top quality saddles here.

 

How much can you expect to pay for a Saddles Plus Expert Saddle Fit ?

Saddles Plus will generally charge $100 for the saddle fit of your horse. If the saddle needs adjustment (tree adjustment, wool stuffing or gullet adjustment) then there will be an additional charge of $75, totalling $175 for the saddle fit and the saddle adjustment. Any additional saddle that requires adjustment will be $75 per additional saddle.

For anybody that chooses to purchase a new saddle, the saddle fitting and saddle adjustment service is complimentary!

How to buy a new saddle with 6 months Interest Free?

Buying a new saddle at Saddles Plus is now easier than ever with our 6 months Interest Free option. Learn more here on how to buy a new saddle with 6 months interest free.

Live outside of Perth Metro area? Still want an Expert Saddle Fit in Australia?

Saddle Plus is rapidly expanding throughout Australia to bring our Expert Saddle Fitting Service and knowledge straight to you.

Gary's current saddle fitting schedule looks like this:

Geraldton, Margaret River, Albany - Every 4 to 6 weeks

Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Ceduna, Eyre Peninsula, Adelaide Hills, Darwin, Katherine, Kununurra - Every 4 to 6 months.

If you are specifically interested in the N.T. or S.A. trips, please view our Saddle Fitting Darwin OR Saddle Fitting Adelaide pages for dates on Gary's next trip.

Gary has also trained a Saddle Fitter in Darwin to continue the Saddle Fitting work while he is not there. You will find their contact details on the Saddle Fitting Darwin page.

For those living in Sydney, NSW, we highly recommend use of Tony Flynn at Brighton Saddlery for all Saddle Fitting Requirements. Gary and Tony have worked closely together over the past 35 years and have the same concepts when it comes to fitting saddles correctly!

For the Queenslanders, we are still working on quality Saddle Fitting solutions for this area... Please hold tight!

How can I find out more information?

If you have any questions regarding saddle fitting, the types of saddles that Saddles Plus have available, or simply want to learn even more about Saddle Fitting, then please contact Gary Johnson with your queries. He will be more than happy to assist you!

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