Proactive fit is imperative for both the physical and mental well being of horse and rider.
Both through assumptions and education, equestrians have learned that in some instances saddles are only fitted to the rider or if the saddle fitted to the horse, this is only a once in a while occurrence. Saddle fit is imperative to the sport and to the health and well being of the animal. Horses can feel a fly on their back, the impairment of a saddle tree supported by steel sitting into the horses scapula and spine would be painful and unhealthy for both mind and body.
WHEN PHYSICAL SIGNS ARE PRESENT, THE SITUATION HAS NOW BECOME REACTIVE.
The saddle pad industry has become a multi-million dollar industry always launching the next big invention trying to win the trust for product sales. However, these quick fixes will never solve the problem at hand. Similar to plugging holes on a sinking ship; only prolonging the situation and making it more painful in the end. When the saddle is to narrow or too wide, there is a pressure point, when adding padding, the result is the point of pressure has shifted higher or lower. Neither the saddle or horse conformation points have been analyzed to diagnose the necessary adjustments required to result in correct saddle fit.
IT IS IMPERATIVE TO SEARCH FOR A long term SOLUTION TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM.
When the saddle is fit to horse and rider, the saddle is in complete balance allowing the horse to naturally rotate their shoulder back for optimal stride and motion. Riders strive for their horse to naturally accept their hands while being soft and supple in the bridle, coming up through their back, tracking up while not bracing at the base of their neck. All can be achieved through proper fit.
The recipe of clear communication and complete balance between horse and rider.
Evaluation on where negative behavior is steaming from can be compared to finding a needle in a haystack. Whether it may be learned behavior, structural, a new injury or saddle fit can be a difficult task to figure out without a list of professionals by your side.