Learn about the different types of saddles and their uses. The videos in this module guide you. From Western style to the many types of English, even Australian saddles, you will understand why they developed and how to use them in a benevolent way to keep your horse comfortable and keep you safe. This class consists of 5 videos showing the saddles and saddling process.

riding Aussie

Hi, I’m Katharine Chrisley-Schreiber

I have ridden horses since age 7 and trained them since I was 18 years old. I started riding Western, shifted to Hunt Seat, then Saddle Seat, found Dressage (fell in love with it) and began riding Combined Training (Eventing - Dressage, Stadium Jumping and Cross Country Jumping). I have owned and operated 3 schools of horsemanship since 1973 and now am the founder and president of Dharmahorse Equine Sanctuary. I have written for Dressage & CT magazine, Western Horseman, The Chronicle of the Horse, Natural Horse magazine and many more since 1975. In this photo, I'm riding in an Australian saddle.

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Saddle Facts

Understanding saddle styles and comfort for the horse

English & Australian saddles

For jumping, Dressage and schooling both riders and young horses.

The bareback pad

For deeper contact and feel when riding.

Western style saddle

A working saddle that spreads the riders weight around.