Only a saddle with a perfect fit warrants that the horse can move optimally and perform at its best. If the saddle does not fit correctly, the horse is constrained in its movements and may develop painful pressure marks.
The following conditions must be met to ensure optimal saddle fitting:
Sketch of the horse back
For adjustment of the channel width, furthermore a sketch of the horse back is needed. The easiest way to do this is to bend a piece of wire over the horse's withers and then copy the shaped wire onto a sheet of paper. With this sketch, the kieffer service staff can adjust the channel width and fit it to the horseback, using the kieffer saddle alteration bench.
The experts at kieffer customer service only need a few clues to identify potential weaknesses in the saddle fit. Particularly for horses with a difficult back anatomy, this service should always be used. A total of three photos is all it takes to adjust and flock the saddle correctly. The horse should be standing on a level surface, otherwise results may be distorted. The photographs can be sent by post or e-mail to kieffer’s customer service.
The horse stands straight with its legs as parallel as possible. Photograph the horse from the left side. The whole line of the back must be recognisable.
Photograph the horse again from the left side, this time saddled and girthed.
Take a picture from the front into the saddle channel, to show the distance between the withers and the saddle channel.