At one time saying you made or fitted saddles implied that by default the saddle would be both ergonomic and anatomical.
I am very curious how these words have crept into the saddle world. I’m thinking about what is implied, that maybe there is a “next level” that service providers are offering or that they have superior training. Have they been to a secret school behind a brick wall at a train station?
Sarcasm aside, I am actually happy that these terms have popped up in the industry. What I think the end user should be taking away from this is that possibly your expectations should be a bit higher! That you can relax knowing that behind the marketing is a person taking the trade seriously and you can expect the best possible service available. That hanging out a shingle stating “Ergonomist” means they are dedicated to the understanding of anatomy and movement. That they know everything there is to know about traditional techniques and why the industry moved to high tech materials and so on.
What I hope is that we all start asking more questions and start questioning! Simply asking for clarification, what’s the difference between you and a regular old saddle fitter ? The answer should be all the assurance you need. It should make clear what you can expect and what will be delivered!
Remember you are your horses advocate! Ask questions and follow your instincts.