Asked by: Arabel Kolman
asked in category: General Last Updated: 2nd May, 2020

How often should you Reflock a saddle?

It's recommended by the Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) that saddles should be checked at least twice a year. However, some horses change shape more often, due to fitness, condition and age and would obviously require more regular visits.

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Beside this, how long does it take to Reflock a saddle?

My saddler prefers to reflock on site to ensure a correct fit. This can take up to three hours sometimes. When he does it in his workshop, probably an hour on average.

Additionally, how much does a saddle fitting cost? New saddles can be found for less than $500, but they are often poor quality, especially the leather and fittings. Custom-made saddles are more expensive and can sell for thousands of dollars, depending on the design and details of the saddle. Used saddles are an affordable option with a wide variety of price points.

Also to know, how do I know if my saddle fits?

Take a look at the saddle on the horse. You should be able to stick two of your fingers between the saddle gullet and your horse's withers. The saddle should have even contact along both sides of the bars. After girthing up, your saddle should look even on the horse's back, not tipping up or drooping down.

How do I know if my saddle needs Reflocking?

Key signs that your saddle may need to be reflocked include:

  1. Panels feel hard or lumpy.
  2. Panels are asymmetrical meaning each panel is a different shape.
  3. "Holes" in the flocking can be felt when running your hands down the panel.
  4. The flocking has "thinned out" or flattened out.

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