Independent Saddle Fitting

Teaching you how to understand saddle fit!


Susan & David Hartje

Plymouth, CA





Do you have the SYMPTOMS?

               What is your horse telling you?

Is your saddle fighting you?


Why are there so many Saddle Fit Problems?

    But I had a custom saddle made...

My horse doesn't complain, but we can't progress...

When it might Not be your saddle's fault...



Learn how to tell what fits for yourself!

Hands-on learning opportunities - Clinic Schedule

Elements of Saddle Fit

Photos needed for initial evaluation

Experience really does count in resolving saddle fit problems.


Get an Independent opinion

                  The importance of checking

Food for Thought

What our Clients say

Frequently Asked Questions

About Us

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Helping people Understand saddle fit 
not just selling saddles!

Anybody who owns horses knows…
...Your saddle can make or break the performance of you and your horse. And, finding the right saddle is not as simple as many salespeople would like you to think. Every horse is different. With so many choices, it is hard to know what saddle is best.

There are very few true saddle fit experts in the equine industry today. And unfortunately, anyone who represents or makes a line(s) of saddles, has the conflicting priority of making money by selling only those saddles versus fitting the needs of horse and rider.
Others who should know about fit – trainers, breeders, even show ring champions – are often just repeating what they were told when they learned to ride.  But they don't really understand why.   If an "expert" can’t EXPLAIN and SHOW YOU where and why a saddle fits, then they don’t really know if it fits.
More often, people understand one or two points of fit, but may miss the rest of a 10-part equation. Let's face it; most people are doing their best with what they know because there are very few places to be educated outside of trial and error.

Saddles That Fit! is different.  How?
1) We are unaffiliated with any saddle maker; and
2) Our goal is to educate our clients, and help them find a saddle that works for them.

Owners Susan and David Hartje have dedicated their livelihood to identifying the essential Elements of Saddle Fit and to sharing that information with you – the owner:

We spent years wrestling with the same problems that every horse owner has sooner or later... figuring out what constitutes good saddle fit, and what works for the horse and rider.

"While apprenticed with my horse trainer, I found that most behavior and performance problems are greatly influenced by improperly fit saddles and other equipment. From that time on, I have been on a quest to resolve this unnecessary situation.
Every owner I can help means one more horse that can have a less stressful life and more successful partnership."

We’ve worked with industry experts, and studied equine bio-mechanics and history to re-discover the equine knowledge that everyone had before cars; when everyone depended on their horses for their livelihood.
It isn't simple, but it isn't rocket science either.  We believe that with a little guidance and practice everyone can – and should – learn the basics of the 'scientific-art' of saddle fit.   That's why we founded Saddles That Fit!

Saddles That Fit! offers
Individual & Clinic Saddle Fit Education and Fit Consultations.
We come to you with the best Western, English & Endurance saddles we have found & help you learn to evaluate all parts of the saddle fit equation:

saddle-human, and
horse-saddle-human interaction

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