This is bizarre because every riding school I have ever gone to have saddles in different sizes to fit the rider. Not one saddle is for a specific horse. Usually the school uses the same brand though. I always bring my saddle with me when I was horseless, because it fits me. I never had a problem with it fitting any other horse. It is a high quality Antares though.
The saddle has to fit the rider too. No way someone is going to ride well in a saddle that is too small or too large.[/QUOTE]
Interesting. This is not the case as I’ve experienced it. IME, riding schools tend to have a saddle for each horse that fits as well as they can manage on the cheap which might involve shims or bump-up pads. And if the saddle that fits that horse doesn’t fit you, well, you just ride in it anyhow.
If the school also wanted to have multiple size seats, then they would have to have several saddles per horse.
I’ve never seen a riding school that has all the same brand, either. First, unless the horses all had almost similar conformation, one brand wouldn’t fit all of them. Second, if you are collecting old saddles on the cheap, then you take what you can get, when you find it.
I could imagine a really well-funded riding school, with a string of very similar horses, maybe all Haflingers or all TBs (but even they vary a lot) that could buy the same brand of saddle for all. But IME riding schools tend to deliberately have a bunch of different types of horses, the ponies for the kids, maybe some older draft crosses for adult beginners, some TBs for starting over fences, etc. No way could these horses share saddles. Again, a lesson string is usually built horse by horse, and is always in fluctuation, rather than being assembled as a fixed team.
So I’m thinking either you’ve been very very lucky in your riding schools (they are all doing well enough to have multiple saddles fitted for each horse) or maybe a bit unlucky . . . and the schools don’t care that much if the saddle fits the horse, as long as the rider is happy.
As far as an Antares fitting every horse . . . it won’t. No saddle will.