Shimming – What do you look for? – An Overview

Shimming has its time and place. It is not the answer to all saddle fitting issues either. But when it is used appropriately, the results can be significant for both horse and rider.

Horses, just like people, all have different back shapes.  And just like us, as they age, gain or lose weight, their back shape changes.  Young horses tend to be rump high and until the age of 5 years their withers and shoulder continue to shoot up and change.  Then, as older horses, their withers become more pronounced and hollows may develop behind them and their back may begin to dip.

Realizing how different horses’ backs are will help you better understand how important it is to properly fit a saddle.

Remember, a saddle is designed to offer the rider support and, most importantly, distribute the riders weight over a large surface area, all the while allowing the horse comfort and freedom of movement.

Below are photos  of various back shapes with associated problems that you may encounter. 

How to shim for the back is written in the captions. 

Author: kronberger.lara

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