How long does a saddle fitting take?
A fitting appointment can vary in time depending on what is happening at the appointment. Check of your existing saddle = approximately 45-60 minutes with you. Try on new/used saddles = approximately 2-2.5 hours.
How do you find a saddle that fits you?
5 tips for finding the perfect saddle
- Find the saddle with the right shape. No two people are the same.
- Take account of your flexibility and your position on the bike. Test your flexibility.
- Measure the width of your sit bones. Saddles come in different widths.
- Set the saddle to the right height.
- Saddle position.
What do saddle fitters do?
A saddle fitter checks the fit of your saddle and adjusts if needed and ought to advise you if it will not fit at all . Some sell second hand ( often on commision ) as well as new saddles . Some saddle fitters are trained to fit the saddles of one munufacturer and sell you those usually I think on a commission basis .
What does an English saddle cost?
English: $100-$7,000+ The cost of a saddle varies quite a lot, depending on the maker, quality/ materials, if it’s used, if it is custom made, and what features it has. If you’re on a tight budget, you can probably go on social media or other online marketplaces and find a used saddle for pretty cheap.
Do you have to ride for a saddle fitting?
To ensure you purchase the correct saddle, your saddle fitter will require you to ride in it to check it fits both of you correctly. Therefore, it’s important that the main rider of the horse is available for the saddle fitting appointment.
What is the difference between a master saddler and a saddle fitter?
REGISTERED QUALIFIED SADDLE FITTERS will be either a Society member in their own right or employed by a member. There is a difference between a Saddle Fitter and a Master Saddler, the later are individuals who are trained, skilled and qualified in their own right to make and repair saddlery.
How do you know what size Western saddle you need?
If you know your seat size in an English saddle, a good rule of thumb is to choose a Western saddle with a seat size two inches smaller than your typical English saddle size. Sit in the Western saddle. There should be about four inches between your body and the swell of the saddle.
How long does it take to train to be a saddle fitter?
between three and four years
Once you’ve found a saddler to work with (who could be from a manufacturer), training to qualify as a saddle fitter takes between three and four years.