Originally Posted by Jubilee Rose
Thanks luvstoride. I know that my saddle fits my horse, but I'm not sure if its too wide, or fits just about right. I'm pretty sure its a bit wider if anything, but how do I tell for sure?
Put the saddle on without any pad. Don't girth it up. Be sure it's sitting in the right spot, so the front d-rings are 2-3" behind the shoulder blades. This is the proper spot for an English saddle.
See how many fingers you can fit between the top of the withers and the underside of the pommel. If it's 3-4 fingers, then it "just fits". If it's 1 or 2 fingers, then it's likely a bit wide.
Post some pictures if you want a second opinion. Step back with the camera, so we can see the whole front of the saddle and how it lays against the whole shoulder. Also take a picture from the side, showing the whole horse. You can girth it up lightly while taking photos, so your horse doesn't shake it off. Make sure your horse is standing on level ground.
If you have a professional saddle fitter in your area and can afford it, I do recommend having one out. They are very helpful and can show you in person how to to check for fit and what to look for.