Checking your horse's shape change –
do this every month
Horse shape change
The shape of horse's back under the saddle can change all the time. This can happen because of increased or decreased feed levels, increased or decreased exercise. Also the aging horse will not be able to hold condition so well and a young horse will continuously change shape as he/she matures.
Shape change happens most in the spring and in the autumn when the main supply of grass fed horses either increases or decreases. The changes that this can make to the shape can occur very quickly and the shape can continue to change for a while.
If the horse's back changes shape, this will primarily affect the wither fitting, though it affects the rest of the back too. The saddle will either become too tight or too loose and will cause the horse to feel discomfort and pain. If the saddle is too tight the saddle will become higher at the front, while if it is too loose it will become too low at the front. Both of these situations will affect the balance of the saddle. The rider's balance will also be affected.
When you measure your horse with The Perfect Fit Saddle Fitting Kit you will create a template which follows the shape of your horse's withers at the time you made it. Placing this template where you made the measurement will show you instantly whether your horse has changed shape. If your horse has either gained or lost weight you, or your saddle fitter, must rectify the situation immediately or your horse may be in pain.
THIS IS HOW YOU USE THE KIT TO CHECK FOR SHAPE CHANGE – IT TAKES ONLY SECONDS TO DO
IF YOUR HORSE HAS CHANGED SHAPE AND YOUR SADDLE HAS AN ADJUSTABLE GULLET:
When the horse changes shape under the saddle, this shape change will affect all areas under the saddle, so, if you alter the gullet, make sure that you recheck the fit of the saddle in all three areas and be sure that they all mirror the changed shape of the horse's back. It is not enough to check only the wither shape. See THE ADJUSTABLE GULLET SYSTEM