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Saddle Fitting Steps with —

EASY-CHANGE® Fit Solution




Measure the horse's wither and ensure the correct size gullet is fitted in the saddle.

To find out more about the EASY-CHANGE® Gullet Gauge, click here.



Once the correct size gullet is fitted, put the saddle on the horse in the correct position and have the rider sit in the saddle.


The CAIR® Cushion System requires that the rider be seated in the saddle to check even bearing. It is only when the rider's weight bears down that the air will fluidly move to hug the horse's back and distribute the rider’s weight evenly. An optimally fitting saddle will hug your horse's back, providing a close fit.




Ensure that there is adequate clearance of the horse's wither and if there is clearance across the width and along the length of the horse's spine. If there is not enough clearance, the saddle can easily be raised by a saddler.


Ensure your saddle maintains clearance across the width and along the length of your horse's spine. You should be able to insert two to three fingers sideways between your horse’s wither and the pommel of the saddle. If not, your retailer can easily raise the height of the saddle for you with the CAIR® Panel Insert System.




Check that the saddle is in balance from the pommel through to the cantle so the deepest part of the seat is central and level. If the balance of the saddle needs altering, a saddler can easily do this.


The saddle should be balanced from pommel through to cantle with the deepest part of the seat sitting central and level. Incorrectly balanced saddles may cause the rider to feel as if they are tipped forward, or backwards. Your retailer can easily alter the balance of your saddle with the CAIR® Panel Insert System.



It is always recommended that you seek the advice of a professional saddle fitter, so that you may be assured that you have achieved an optimal fit for you and your horse.

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