Saddle Assessment

 On-Site Assessment

An on-site assessment will walk you through the current fit of your saddle and any saddles you may be interested in or using on your horse.  This appointment is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the saddle’s fit, as well as your horse’s needs.

First we start by explaining the basic components of the saddle, be it English or Western construction.  By understanding how the saddle is made, you will better understand how different aspects will influence your horse.  From here, we will go over saddle fit theory, and what we are looking for in a saddle’s fit to ensure that it stays balanced and stable now, as well as in future life of the horse.

We will then assess the conformational needs of your horse, and describe what saddle aspects will be required to accommodate those needs.  Before coming to our Step by Step Tutorial.  This tutorial is exclusive to Equine Balance Saddles, and has been designed to teach the basic components of saddle fit to anyone, in a way that can be easily understood and followed.

 Virtual Assessment

A virtual assessment is a great option for those in rural areas, or those outside of our travel areas.  In this appointment, we use photos and measurements to assess your horse and give you the most information possible about your saddle needs.  We will also assess up to two saddles per appointment.

First, we start with photos from either side as well as looking down the back towards the wither.  This allows us to get an idea of the profile of your horse’s back, as well as the breadth and lateral angles.  We will then talk about your needs as a rider, and what style of saddle you are looking for ideally. 

From here, if you have saddles already to be assessed we will request photos of the saddle from either side, looking down from behind, as well as a shot of the tree point/wither area.  We will then give you a breakdown of how each area appears to fit, or any areas that need improvement.

*Please note all booking times are in Pacific Standard Time.

Follow Up Assessments


For any clients who have had an assessment, either virtual or on-site, and would like us to assess additional saddles after their appointment, we also do a distance rate of $50 per saddle to assess saddles via photo and video.

To book, please contact us.

*Prices subject to change, does not include potential travel fees.

Not Sure Where to Start?


 It’s hard to know how to fix something, if you don’t understand it.  If you are unsure about how your saddle is fitting, the best place to start is our On-Site Assessment.  The assessment includes an overview of saddle construction, saddle fit theory, a specific analysis of your horse’s conformational needs, and our step by step tutorial designed to allow you to understand every step of your saddle’s fit.  From here, you have all the information you need to make a decision for yourself, instead of just relying on someone else.



Saddle shopping can be overwhelming.  There are so many options, and even worse, so many opinions.  If you aren’t sure where to start, consider a Saddle Assessment.  This will explain the main elements of saddle fit and let you know exactly what aspects your horse needs.  If you have any saddles you’re curious about, we can assess them for you during your appointment.

If you’d like to see what we have available, you can look at our New Saddles to see what we have in stock, these saddles are all available for custom order and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and fit options.  You can also check out our Used Saddles for a great bargain.


Many modern saddles can be adjusted.  What is usually less understood, is what type of adjustments are possible and how they actually affect the fit of the saddle for your horse.  An On-Site Reflocking can adjust the wool panel to better suit your horse’s shape as well as maintain any natural compression.  A Width Adjustment addresses the angle of the tree points and is helpful if your saddle is too wide or too narrow.

If you think your saddle might need adjustment, but aren’t sure, a Saddle Assessment can tell you what saddle adjustments might work for you.


This of course, all depends on your horses.  However, certain saddle aspects are more readily adaptable to different horses, and sometimes we can make adjustments, so that it can be used on more than one horse. 

The best way to start is to book a Saddle Assessment and see how your saddle fits your different horses.


Bliss of London Regency Jump Saddle

New Saddles

Since we do not work for any saddle manufacturers, we have the ability to pick and choose what we carry…

Black Country Eloquence Dressage Saddle

Used and Stock Saddles

Used saddles are a great option for those wanting an economical solution, or to bargain hunt…

Consignment Policies

Yes!  We do take saddles on consignment…

Saddle Care

Here are some tips for the care and maintenance of your saddle…

Saddle Fitting

Our Approach

Our approach to fitting varies greatly from other companies…

Saddle Trials

A saddle trial includes an explanation of saddle construction, saddle fit theory…

Saddle Assessments

An on-site assessment will walk you through the current fit of your saddle…

Saddle Adjustments

An on-site re-flocking includes an assessment, as well as altering your saddle’s flocking…

About Us

About Us

Katherine Penner Equine Services was founded in 2010…


Our policies around cancellations, warranties, and returns…

Educational Clinics

We offer educational fitting clinics for barns or groups…

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Contact Info

Based in Vancouver, BC

(604) 721 6345

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