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The flexible SMARTTM saddle should sit securely on the horses back.The unique design will not restrict the lift and swing of the horse’s shoulderbut will flex and move with it. This is particularly the case with the more forward cut models, where the knee flap can lie comfortably over the scapula without hindering the horses’ movement.
Many riders who find their horses cannot usually be fitted with a forward-cut treed saddle due to their conformation discover they are happy to be ridden in the fully flexible SMARTTM saddle.
The SMARTTM saddle, when placed in the correct, weight bearing position on the horses’ back is supported by the girth, which is secured across the broadest area of the pectoral muscles and the sternum – it should not be further back where the girth could impinge on the xiphoid cartilage process.
Stand the horse squarely and place the SMART Saddle Cloth on the horse’s back, positioning it well forward (as the SMARTTM saddle will flex snugly into position when you come to tighten the girth).
Place the SMARTTM saddle centrally, on top of the saddle cloth.
Put your thumb under the front of the saddle cloth and pull it up firmly into the gullet of the saddle, to ensure that the cloth will not pull down onto the wither or spine.
Check front and back binding are clear of the saddle base and that any seams do not sit under theweight-bearing area.
Before girthing, ensure the saddle cloth is sitting correctly by checking the centre seams are in line with the gullet and, if used, SMARTTM Balance Pads are sitting straight and fitted correctly either side of the spine.
Finally, follow our Graduated Girthing Technique, remembering to secure the saddle cloth in position by passing the girth billets through the saddle cloth loops and fastening all D-tabs after girthing up.
There is always help and advice on hand - our Home Consultation Service is available for routine checks as well as help with fitting to different horses or riders. You can either contact your SMART Advisor directly or get in touch with Smart Saddles’ head office by phone: 01909 807870 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you.