I have people ask me quite often, “where should I place the saddle?” (Of course I’m talking about the harness saddle here!) All too often I see people putting the saddle too far forward. Sometimes sitting RIGHT on the withers.
This little video shows how the shoulder blade moves when the horse is walking. That shoulder moves quite far back, as the horse steps forward. We do not want the saddle to sit in the way of that movement.
If you are showing, then you want a nice swinging shoulder. A horse that is constantly banging into the front of the saddle will tend to shorten it’s stride to avoid the pain of that. Sometimes they appear to be shrugging their shoulders. This really does go back to posture of a horse, and how our harness can effect our horses and their posture.
If your neck connector strap is pulling your saddle forward into the pathway of that shoulder blade, then you probably need a longer one! We can custom make these so they will fit correctly. If you order the regular one on our site you will get what you already have. To find a good fit, measure the distance from the ring on your neck strap or collar cap to the waterhook on the saddle. Then, include that measurement with your order by putting it in the notes section!
I am always happy to answer questions. Please feel free to email me with photos or videos of your horse or pony harnessed and I can help you figure out what changes need to be made. Sometimes the tiniest change means the most to the horse.