Horse riding saddles are incredibly important for beginners, and there are a number of reasons for this. For those who are unaccustomed to being on horseback, saddles provide some form of guidance. You know where to sit, and you are unlikely to slide off – unless, of course, the saddle or stirrups come loose! It also makes it slightly comfier. As well a helping the rider, it also helps the horse.
A new rider could easily harm the horse by sitting or putting pressure in the wrong place, and so the saddle acts as a safety barrier between the to. A saddle is made up of a variety of parts, each one having their own purpose. There are panels which are between the horse and the saddle, making sure that the saddle is a comfortable fit so the horse won’t be harmed. The gullet is a gap that goes over the horses spine, protecting it from any excess pressure.
There is a sweat flap which goes between the billets and the horse. The sweat flap helps to prevent the sweat of the horse from rubbing on the rest of the saddle and harming it. It also prevents the horses skin from being pinched by the girth straps and buckles.
There are many more parts to a saddle, and each one must be learned before the saddle can be used. There are some people who argue that riders should start off bare back (without a saddle) first, in order to better feel the motions and movements of the horse. However, having a saddle is arguable a better way to start out. As mentioned above, it is safer for both the horse and the rider. On top of this, it is easier to learn how to command your horse if you don’t have to worry so much about falling off it!