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        07-31-2009, 09:01 PM
    This is a great chart for fitting a rider: Western Saddle Seat Sizing Chart

    This is what I use for fitting a horses:

    Forms for fitting a saddle

    Go to the hardware store and get about 4’ of 12 or 14 gauge house wire (the kind electricians use to wire a house) and cut it in half. This was written for Western saddles but the principle is the same for English or Australian.

    Take 2’ and shape it over your horse’s withers. Take the other 2’ and shape it over the center of his back.

    Carefully take the wires and trace the inside of the wire on a heavy piece of cardboard (or poster board if you have it). Cut out the cardboard shapes and take them to the saddle shop to fit against some saddles.

    This part is Western: Keep in mind that QH bars in one saddle may not be the same in another brand. There are no standards for saddle trees so each manufacturer has his own idea what dimensions make the designations.

    As for you, your bum should not be squished against the cantle, it should have a little room at the top and there should be about 4" of space between your tummy and the swell.

    As for the curb chain, it isn't necessary on a snaffle except to use to keep the bit from coming through the horse's mouth. It's used particularly on a green horse or a problem horse who isn't giving to the bit in a turn.
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        07-31-2009, 10:17 PM
    Green Broke
    As iride already said, he does seem to be paddleing.. Odd.

    Something is making that horse trot. You need to make sure to get you a good saddle, and listen to what he has to 'say'. Horses can't talk, so they tell you in other ways. In this case trotting (that is, if he is gaited).

    Why are you using a curb chain? And so loose? The horse can't even feel it. Instead it's banging against his face.

    When I look at this horse, 'GAITED' just doesn't pop out to me :/
        08-04-2009, 03:36 AM

    Very nice horse, as far as the Quarter horse bars, if you think he may be gaited you should go with something with a flex tree as the quarter horse bars are wider and can actually hinder the shoulder movement. He is a nice horse, there could be a gait in there that's just screaming to come out. Also on a gaited horse you need to make sure the saddle is out of the way of the shoulder. Either way he seems to be short backed so I would go with a saddle that has a rounded skirt.

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