Asymmetrically Built Horse
As with humans, the dominance of a horse being one-sided creates
uneven lateral musculature. A rider often spends more time on the
weaker side of the horse, working on lateral balance.
symmetrical saddle is placed on an asymmetrically built horse, the
saddle is going to fall into the weaker side. This may not be an
issue for men, who have narrowly placed sitting bones, and can
merely sit slightly to the stronger side for lateral balance. For
most women though, with a much wider base, they often have to sit
further to the stronger side to get that same feeling and often have
to collapse their upper body to laterally balance – this starts a
chain of compensations.
Whereas a man’s centered position seldom
interferes with the horse’s biomechanical movement, a woman’s
cantilevered position will force the horse to brace on the rein of
the stronger side for their lateral balance. This promotes
additional muscling on the stronger side of the horse, and other
compensations including inward lateral tracking on the passive hock.
Because of those compensations, the saddle should be fitted so the
rider's position does not negatively affect the biomechanical
movement of the horse, and allow the rider to sit evenly in the
saddle having full use of their relaxed core strength - the
-By George Gullikson – Master Saddle Fitter - to view this
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