I started riding on my family farm at the age of 6 and have continued my obsession with horses and riding ever since. Throughout my teenage years, I worked in a leather repair shop and learned to fix saddles and other leather goods, which fed my keen interest in leather work and saddles. I started actively pursuing saddle fitting when I started to compete in Competitive Trail in 2007.
In Competitive trail riding, saddle fit is especially imperative. Improper saddle fit becomes evident very quickly when riding long distances and competitors lose points if their horses are sore. I also ride dressage, a sport in which improper saddle fit can affect every aspect of performance for both horse and rider.
After going through a saddle fitting struggle with my own horse, I started using the Port Lewis Saddle fit system. It was at this point that I began to read everything I could get my hands on regarding saddle fit and equine movement. I worked with local saddle fitters to gain further knowledge. I have a BSc in Biology, with emphasis in anatomy, comparative anatomy and physiology, and a background in Massage Therapy. Having extensive knowledge in both these areas enabled me to further understand the necessity of proper saddle fit for optimal equine performance.
The Port Lewis Saddle Fit System
The Port Lewis Saddle fit System takes the guess work out of saddle fitting by allowing you to see weight distribution patterns after you ride your horse with the impression pad and creates a dynamic saddle fit. You don’t have to rely on static molds and measurements while your horse is standing still. I like to compare traditional static saddle fitting to hiking with a backpack – it doesn’t matter how well it feels in the store; a proper fit will be determined once you load the back pack up and actually use it.