|Indiana 7 year old Icelandic with Round pen
and indoor arena to ride in by beginner.
Question: I want to no what type of saddle to ride this Icelandic
in -not quite 14 hands, Headset and bit. Right now im using a Big Horn
lite Saddle for its what I bought for my QHmare..and the headset is 2 ear
with snaffle bit.curb chain.And I have a McClullen saddle never used..Some
ride gaited horses I've heard in McClellen....I have not rode this horse
as of yet ,but he has been ridden at this barn when he first
came in,for he coliced after casting in his stall when first bought
at this board farm-4 days after I purchased him and so were
just getting started...I want to no how to measure him for a correct
From Panelist Lukka
It's usually best to buy a saddle especially made for icelandics.
Sometimes people wonder why it's such a common phrase that you should buy an Icelandic saddle, or a saddle especially made for Icelandics, to ride them. Now, why is that?
There is nothing that says that you HAVE to ride in an icelandic saddle
(meaning a saddle made especially for Icelandics). But so far, most
or all of the other saddles I've seen get the Icelandics on the forehand.
The main reason is, that they put the weight of the rider too much forward,
the rider is thus resting it's weight on top of the withers of the horse,
or very close to being on top of the withers, and even interfering
with the movement of the
But if you're riding a horse that is all on the forehand, and
the non-icelandic saddle you ride the horse in is not poking the horse
in the back or the withers, and you're not dissatisfied by having the horse
on the forehand, that's of course okay. But if you want to be able
to change the movements of the horse towards cleaner tolt, towards moving
up and down in the withers and using the behind as a motor to carry the
horse and move it forward, that is, if you want to do any kind of basic
collection, it is at best very hard, and at worst totally in vain, if your
weight is counteracting this process all the time. I guess that many
trainers have a hard time explaining exactly why an icelandic saddle is
This does not mean that all saddles made for icelandics are good, there
are differences between how they are made, but a good Icelandic saddle
helps you collect your horse.
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