This is the story of my quest to train my three Dales Ponies for classical dressage, primarily by using Alexandra Kurland's clicker training methods, with a touch of others such as Philippe Karl and Anja Beran thrown in. I turned to clicker training because I had come up against some issues that I didn't know how to fix and because I wanted to inspire them to become enthusiatic partners. Bella and Jack are all my own work and have never been ridden by anyone else.

Bella, Grace and Jack

Bella aged 6

Bella aged 6

Treat Delivery

Jack aged 7


Monday, 26 January 2009

Saddle Fitting.

I found this blog today.

I thought it was really useful and I think I will take her up on her offer and email her some photos of my pones' backs. I would be especially interested to hear what she had to say about Grace's atrophy, as I'd really love to find a treed dressage saddle for her one day.


  1. Very interesting blog, thanks for posting it. Be really interested as to what she says about Grace!

    I'm quite tempted to put my dressage flaps from Tig's saddle onto Lolys for a bit of a change as I love riding in Tigs WOW and am not riding her at the moment. They are a slightly different colour, but it gives me the chance to try them on him as his current ones are VSD.

    LOVE the new photos you've added to the blog - I must put some up of my two when I get some good ones.

  2. Thanks Charlotte, I keep playing about and finding different gadgets on Blogger.

  3. Must have a play, too!!

    Meant to say, interested that you'd like a treed saddle for Grace, do you prefer treed to treeless? I know Hylo voted for a treed saddle and I had to go treed with Tig otherwise my hips would have given up completely!!!!

    Interesting that more and more treed saddles are now being made adjustable - thank goodness! I will be keen to see what Heather's treed saddle for Jeffries will look like when its made (not that I'd buy it, just really interested to see it, since all her St Merryn ones still fetch good money 2nd hand).

  4. I'm not sure I'd agree about the St. Merryns fetching good money 2nd hand. I got both of mine for under £500 each and considering they were nearly two grand new and they're not that old.....

    I think my pones are a bit too wide for me to achieve a deep dressage leg position treeless. I have to have shorter stirrups because there's a limit to how much my hips CAN open and I have quite narrow hips. That's my excuse anyway!!!

    I took the photos of their backs yesterday so just waiting for David to download them.

  5. Fab - keep us posted!!! I know what you mean about treeless just being too wide (and I DON'T have narrow hips)

    In the Summer, Tiglet is an xxxw and in the winter an xxw and Loly has just gone into a no 4 headplate in the Wow which (I think) makes it an xw. He likes a wider headplate out of preference than the one his wither template would suggest which is interesting.

    Thankfully the wow makes Tig rideable without crippling me!



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