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  • I have a foam panel, is it true I don't need to get it re-flocked?

    It isn't that foam panels do not need to be re-flocked, it's that they cannot be. Any foam panel will compress, (doesn't matter what kind of foam), this is actually part of it's job. However, with a foam panel we cannot go in and replenish the compressed area. This causes bridging and a lack of contact.
  • What is an adjustable tree, and what does it mean for fitting?

    An adjustable tree is actually a misnomer. Many saddle trees are able to be adjusted at the gullet, safely 1-2 times. So they should really be called adjustable gullets. Unless your horse goes through a severely dramatic change, you shouldn't have to adjust the width if the saddle has been correctly fitted to begin with.
  • How can I tell what kind of panel I have?

    It is hard for the average person to tell what kind of panel is in their saddle. The best thing to do is have it assessed by a reputable professional. If this is not available, look at the underside of your saddle. If the panels are not attached to one another, this is called an independent panel. Many times, (although there are exceptions), if this is the case and there are no gussets or stitching in the panel, this is typically a foam panel. If there are gussets and the panels are attached this is often a wool panel.
  • How often should I get my saddle re-flocked?

    If you ride one horse with your saddle, you should get it done approximately once a year. This way we reestablish any lost contact with the horse, and prevent bridging underneath the saddle. It also accounts for any changes that your horse may go through.
  • How do I tell if my saddle is too wide?

    There are two ways you can assess for yourself if your saddle is too wide. First off, does your saddle sit very close to your horse's wither? If so, move it back and compare the angle of the tree point to the angle of your horse's tree point line (this is behind the shoulder where the saddle sits). The second way, is to look at your billets. Often times, if your billets hang behind your girth line, or you must change their angle to put your girth on, your saddle is too wide.
  • My horse has a hollow behind his shoulder, how do I get a saddle to fit him?

    A shoulder pocket, or shallow shoulder is very common now in our modern horses. These horses must have a saddle with a front gusset. This is an additional piece of leather in the front of the panel that makes it more convex, so that it matches the curve behind the shoulder. These horses often end up in saddles that are too narrow, if this is not addressed properly.

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