Watch your FREE Saddle Savvy mini training right now - it's below. :)
This pre-launch price is more than 25% off our final pricing after course launch!
To get this awesome price, join us by Thursday, May 16 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
Intro to the Saddle Conformation Toolkit + a walk-through of saddle trees and saddle parts, and the need-to-know info on how to balance a saddle correctly on a horse or a hobby-horse rack at the tack store.
What IS a twist, anyway!? Find out in this section, where we'll cover everything from seat length to balance points to working centers, plus stirrup bar placement, pelvic tilt, pommel rises, cantle shapes--and what all this has to do with the TWIST.
This section's about everything under your leg: flap length, flap angle, flap cut, knee and thigh blocks, monoflaps--and a special video just for the dressage riders about special considerations for blocks!
Just like with cars, sometimes what's under the hood of a saddle can affect your "drive experience." In this section, we'll cover the horse-oriented features of a saddle that affect your ride too: panel design and panel filling, girth billet placement, corrective padding, and more.
We'll talk about common saddle accessories like stirrup leathers, stirrup irons, saddle pads, even a bit about girths.
2 Bonus Videos by Fan Request
As a thank-you to first-run participants in The Saddle Savvy Rider, I'll be taking nominations for topics you want covered in 2 bonus videos. Want a case study of how this stuff applies to a specific rider? Want deeper info about something we discussed? Got another zany idea that's relevant to evaluating saddles? Dream big, get the votes, and I'll make it!
A live, online Office Hours Session for course participants
with Jen the Saddle Geek
Wanna talk directly to Jen the Geek about what you're learning about the saddles in your life? Bring your questions and any photos you'd like evaluated to our online, streaming office hours. If you can't attend live, you can send questions ahead of time and we'll upload the recording to our course page.
My name is Jen the Saddle Geek, and I've spent over a decade studying saddle design and the saddle market: talking to saddle fitters, talking to saddle makers and craftsmen, working with saddle customers who feel left behind or underserved by traditional models for buying a saddle, studying the 170+ English saddle brands on the market, analyzing market trends, going to trade fairs to put my hands on saddles that most shoppers only see in mail-order catalogs--and basically, just doing the work to understand the English saddle industry as well as I can.
I created The Saddle Savvy Rider because I saw a gap in the market: even customers who have awesome saddle fitters for their horses often have little to no knowledge of how a saddle should fit their own body. Even worse, some of them own saddles that fit their horses very nicely but don't fit the rider at all, which leaves the rider unbalanced and ends up hurting the horse anyway.
Our horses are best served by empowered equestrians who have the information they need to make smart decisions about saddles. That's why I built The Saddle Geek, where I can create 100% brand independent saddle advice products. I don't sell saddles, and I don't take kicbacks or sponsorships from saddle brands.
As a professional learning strategist by day, I spend all day, every day thinking about how people learn online and offline. In this project, I bring those two things together: helping equestrians make good decisions about how their saddle fits them, using the training I have as a teacher and instructional designer. Cool, huh?
Jen the Saddle Geek
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
YES, you can still learn a ton for this course if you're happy with your saddle! I think you'll be surprised at how much you learn about your current piece of tack.
I encourage you take your Saddle Conformation Toolkit to the barn to measure your current saddle--or even bring your saddle home with you, so you've got it handy during the course.
Hooray! You'll get a confirmation email, reminding you that you've enrolled in the course. You'll get another email on May 13, to reassure you that I'm still out there, revving up the engine on the course (and sending you some groovy bonus content, whee!).
Then, starting on Friday, May 17, you'll receive a weekly email morning reminding you that new course material is available.
The course videos will be online, streaming videos in a password-protected part of thesaddlegeek.com. You'll also have access to downloadable support materials in PDF format.
You might prefer my Digital Saddle Advice Package, in which I make a custom video that walks you through fit considerations for a specific horse and rider + give you a list of saddles to consider checking out next.
By contrast, the Saddle Savvy Rider is a great match if you're looking for a deep dive on how saddles fit riders and how you can self-assess the saddles you use today. Think of it as a way to create "lifetime knowledge" about how saddles fit your body and other riders.
And of course, you can purchase both products, if that strikes your fancy! They don't overlap much with each other--one is designed to be a custom-for-you service and the other helps you assess saddles more confidently as a shopper.
You'll have lifetime access to this course, which I define as "for as long as The Saddle Geek is online and in business." We've been here since 2015 and have no intention of going anywhere, and there's no "expiration date" for your course access.
I got you, fam! The videos will be downloadable for course participants, so if your Internet is the pits, you can download before watching. And the helper materials, like The Saddle Conformation Toolkit, will be PDFs that you can either save to your phone/tablet/computer or print on paper.
I want you to feel thrilled with this course experience. If you need a refund for any reason, here's all you need to do: email me a photo or picture of your completed first page of the The Saddle Conformation Toolkit worksheet, which you can easily complete after taking Modules 1-2 and doing about 10 minutes of homework with your saddle, and ask for a refund. That's it! If you do that, you'll have your refund within 72 hours.
I'm an equestrian too, so I know that in the horse world, refunds on learning experiences are very rare. This doesn't need to be like That One Clinic You Took Years Ago That Cost Money where you're still bitter that you didn't learn anything. If you truly didn't learn something from this course, I'll make it right. :)
Oh man, if you can find that person locally who's got that kind of knowledge/time/energy, please use them! But I can tell you firsthand, as someone who's been studying the saddle industry for a long time, that these are common issues...a lot of fitters and trainers don't have the time to teach you this stuff. I know because they tell me that ALL THE TIME. The Saddle Geek was born partly because fitters and trainers kept saying, "Oh, I would LOVE to have a clientele that was more educated and respected the in-depth knowledge that saddle fitters bring to the table. But I'm busy selling saddles/training horses/giving riding lessons, so I just don't have hours and hours to explain this stuff to every client."
Also, being real here...this stuff can get complicated, and it takes some training to learn how to explain it clearly and well to amateur horsepeople. That's what I do here at The Saddle Geek all day every day: help equestrians who aren't saddle specialists understand what they need to know about saddles. That's why The Saddle Savvy Rider feels easy for me: I've been doing it for years! I'm also a corporate learning strategist by day, so I'm pretty much 24/7 on explaining complex stuff as clearly as possible without being boring. I can't wait to do it here, in The Saddle Savvy Rider.
OMG I'M REALLY EXCITED TOO. Here's the deal: The Saddle Savvy Rider is a brand new, first-run course experience at The Saddle Geek. Because it's brand new, I'm giving folks a few weeks to join the course and share with friends. We'll have a lot more fun, and the learning will be better, if there's a bunch of us!
Do me a fave and get your friends to enroll too. Share it on social media, chat it up in the barn aisle, discuss it in an uncomfortably loud voice at your next show!
They don't call me The Geek for nothing, so if you have questions or suggestions, let's talk! You can email me anytime at [email protected]