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Saddle Fitting

YOUR AUTHORIZED TRILOGY FITTING CONSULTANT: SOUTHERN & CENTRAL CALIFORNIA REGIONS

Angie is available by appointment for saddle fitting on location. She is able to work on all dressage and hunter jumper saddles, and is an authorized fitting consultant and sales agent for Trilogy Saddles.  Angie can also provide demo saddles and Trilogy accessories. 

Serving areas from Southern California to Central California including San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange County, and Santa Barbara.


It's time to get your saddle fitted!
Contact Angie to make an appointment!
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WHY YOUR SADDLE NEEDS REGULAR FITTINGS

A poorly fitted saddle can lead to discomfort, pain, and even injury for your horse.

Effective communication with your horse is essential. When you ride, much of the communication happens through your seat and, at the same time, through your saddle. If your seat and saddle aren't working together smoothly, your entire riding experience can feel off, and your horse might be more focused on discomfort than on the training. By ensuring your saddle fits correctly through regular evaluations every six months, your equipment allows your horse the freedom to concentrate on the rider, making your time together more enjoyable.

Angie has a thorough understanding of horse biomechanics and specializes in precisely fitting saddles to facilitate unrestricted movement and comfort for your horse. Whether you're an owner, trainer, or just ride for pleasure, you can be confident that both you and your horse will have the perfect fit for a harmonious riding experience.

SADDLE FIT POINTS

Gullet Width

There should be a minimum of 2.5 inches (3 fingers) through the length of the channel of the saddle.The saddle should sit on the fat and muscle of the horse, avoiding the spinal processes and lateral pressure against the sides of the withers or spine.

 

Pommel Clearance

An un-girthed saddle that sits too low to the withers, indicates it is wide, a saddle that sits too high above the withers indicates it is narrow. On a moderately withered horse, there should be about 2 ¼ inches or 3 fingers stacked vertically.

Once the saddle is girthed, there should be 1 ½ to 2 snug fingers placed vertically. 

 

Tree Angle

The angle of the tree should match the angle of the horse’s body.

Point Pressure

It is important that the end of the tree points do not cause pressure and pain.

    

Balance of Saddle

The saddle should be balanced so that the rider can maintain the ear-shoulder-elbow-hip-heel alignment sitting over the top of their leg.

Panel Coverage

The panel should accommodate the horse’s back to the best of the saddle’s ability.Even coverage laterally and longitudinally with no big gaping holes (bridging), or rocking.It should allow the horse to move freely while staying stable.

 

18th Rib

The back of the saddle (tree) should not extend past the 18th rib due to the lack of structural support (rib cage). 

LISTEN TO "DRESSAGE LIFE WITH JJ TATE"

Featuring Debbie Witty, Trilogy Performance Saddlery, Fitting the Horse and Rider

 

On this podcast, JJ brings to the podcast her dear friend and creator of what she calls her "soulmate of saddles," Debbie Witty.


Debbie has an extensive background in driving and riding and also spent 10 years as a research assistant evaluating equine biomechanics at Cornell Veterinary College.


A certified saddle fitter with the Society of Master Saddlers, Debbie generously shares her expertise with us, including things we should consider when fitting the horse and the rider, as well as when NOT to purchase a new saddle.

Click here to listen now

FITTING/FLOCKING FEES

Price: $250 per saddle per horse
Multiple saddles for same horse/client: Please inquire about a discount

Travel Fees

Standard travel fee included (up to 120 miles)

Additional travel fee may apply for more than 120 miles

For cancellations under 72 hours, a cancellation fee of up to $225 may be applied

Payment Options 

Payment must be made at time of appointment

Cash, Check, or Venmo

Bounced checks will incur an additional $30 service fee

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