The saddle is an essential piece of equipment required for riding. It provides comfort and security to the rider, allowing them to maintain a balanced position on their horse.
Horse saddles come in different types with a variety of shapes, sizes and designs for different equestrian disciplines.
The earliest saddles were no more than a simple saddle pad held in place with a surcingle. The basic saddle tree came about in Asia around 200BC. This invention helped distribute the weight more evenly over the horse’s back, making it more comfortable for both horse and rider.
During the 3rd century AD, the Samaritans developed the leather saddle and thought to have introduced stirrups as well. Saddles have improved over the years, and today, there are many types available for different styles of riding.
When buying a saddle, it should fit both horse and rider correctly. An ill-fitting saddle can cause the horse pain leading to poor performance and behavioral issues. If it doesn’t fit the rider correctly, they cannot sit in balance.