Meet Carmi Weininger, RP Saddle Company President and Saddle Fitting Advocate
“Over the past fifty years, as the use of the horse has changed from essential (military, transportation, and farming) to sport, saddle designs have changed to favor the comfort of the rider,” Carmi explains. “It is only with the advent of saddle fit testing systems combined with modern investigative therapies that reveal pain – sometimes subtle, sometimes dramatic – in our horses that we have begun to assess the impact of the saddle on the horse, and to make improvements in the basic design."
Commitment to Creating Harmony
Carmi believes that the saddle, as the interface between horse and rider, is one of the most important elements in creating harmony between horse and rider, and that its proper fit is often sadly overlooked. She contends that horses will suffer – sometimes greatly – on our behalf without complaint. “The horse was not designed to be ridden, but once provided with a pain-free experience, the ability of the horse to perform to his full potential can be astonishing and profound,” she says.
A rider since 1972, Carmi has been involved in combined training, then hunters and jumpers, and most recently dressage; she has also completed one 50-mile endurance ride. “I have taken courses in saddle fit, studied copiously on my own, worked with vets, innovators and bodyworkers in the U.S., Canada and England, and of course with my favorite teachers: the horses themselves!"