High Wither Saddles
Equestrians with horses with high withers, also referred to as “shark fin” withers, often have a difficult time when it comes to saddle fit. If the saddle does not properly accommodate your horse’s conformation, it can cause painful saddle rubs and prevent your horse from moving properly. At The Cheshire Horse, we carry a number of saddles that were specifically designed to fit horses with high, narrow withers.
Some horse breeds, such as Thoroughbreds, are predisposed to having high withers. This shape back requires a saddle that allows adequate clearance for the withers. We have dressage saddles, close contact saddles, and all-purpose saddles from trusted equestrian brands, including Arena Saddles and Bates Saddlery to fit high-withered horses. Many of these saddles also feature adjustable gullets, so you can modify the fit of the saddle as your horse’s back naturally changes due to age or exercise level.
The best way to determine the proper saddle fit for both the horse and rider is to try the saddle on. Our generous seven-day trial program gives you the opportunity to ride in the saddle and ensure that it is the perfect match. Be sure to check out our blog post, The Cheshire Horse Saddle Trial Program, to learn more.
Additionally, we are pleased to offer professional saddle fitting services for our local customers. We often invite equestrians to bring their horses right to the Swanzey, NH, store so that they can try a number of different saddles in a short period of time. Contact a member of our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff to set up an appointment.