Master Saddlers Association™


Ten Points:
1-Position of Saddle

2-Angle of Points

3-Panel Pressure & Contact

4-Pommel/Cantle Relationship

5-Seat Level

6-Wither Clearance

7-Channel Clearance/Gullet Width

8-Saddle Stability

9-Seat Length

10-Horse Response

How to Take Wither Tracings


The second section of the current Certification Course will take place at the Potomac Horse Center, Maryland in the Spring of 2004.

The first section of the next Certification Course will take place at the Potomac Horse Center, Maryland in the Fall of 2004.

For information regarding future Certification Courses, please contact the Administrator or call:


The course will take two intermittent weeks to complete, each in a Monday through Friday format. The course includes, but is not limited to: basic conformation, anatomy, gait analysis, symmetry analysis, fundamentals of static saddle-fit, template taking, dynamic saddle-fit (rider up, horse moving), flocking, including removal of panels, analyzing specific fitting problems and making corrections and practical assessment of saddle-fitting devices.

After completion of the first week, candidates will return home to practice what they have learned.  Approximately six months later, all candidates will reconvene at the Horse Center for the second week to discuss and further develop their saddle-fitting skills.  At the end of the week, each candidate will take a written and practical exam to determine whether they passed the course.

If you are interested in becoming an MSA CSF, please contact the Administrator (click here to email)  or at 1-301-570-3100 in order to receive an application.

If you would like to learn more about hosting a saddle fitting clinic or lecture series at your barn or riding club then please contact one of the Fitters listed here.