When you and your horse move together in comfort and support with a well-fit saddle, you've got harmony in motion. But if your saddle doesn't fit, it's like an uncomfortable shoe, leading to pain, imbalance and, in some cases, bad habits.
Obviously, saddle-shopping starts with careful evaluation--you look for a saddle that fits you, and you check measurements to see if it will fit your horse. But once you've found a saddle you think fits you both, your next step is to take it for a spin. The saddle is a communication device in this situation, and it's important to read the messages it gives you.