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post #1 of 4 Old 04-11-2012, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Help on a Saddle fit for a pony

Hello all,
I would like your advice on a western saddle fit for a kinda narrow hackney x pony...
How big a seat do you think will fit on her?
Most saddles seem to have to much "girth" to them like they are pony size, but the pony seems to be 13-14 hh...

Should I look for a mini/pony saddle for her? She is 10hh...Just not build REAL stocky/wide...

The width of the saddle I think I can figure out using the wire method as posted in the sticky...

I guess I need to know your "guess" (I know you don't know for sure, but I'm hoping you'll send me in the right direction?) on how big a saddle seat + overall length could be on her...the length of the whole thing (like a 8-12" seat including the skirt? (don't know if "skirt" is the right term for it or not))


Here's a picture of her to give an idea...I don't have the measurements of her girth, but I can get them any any other measurements you might need..

Horses Red Flicka 001 002_0001.jpg

I'll try to post some more to give a better idea...

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post #2 of 4 Old 04-12-2012, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Should I measure her from the one arrow (on the pic.) to the other arrow to get the final measurement for the saddle?

Flicka w harness 00101.jpg

When they say the seat is, say, 10", what is the total measurement of the saddle?

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post #3 of 4 Old 04-12-2012, 02:44 PM
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The arrows seem like a good measuring point. I am not a professional saddle fitter, and I am also an english rider. . .however I think the rule is that you want the saddle to meet the length of the rib cage, atleast not to go longer/behind the end of the ribcage.
Also the seat size it just the seat, your going to need to add a couple inches for the actual saddle length as a whole, depending on the saddle type for just how many inches to add, you could also ask the seller to measure the entire lenght of the saddle.
hope that helped a little :)


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post #4 of 4 Old 04-13-2012, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, thanks!

When you say measure behind the rib-cage does this mean for a western saddle? Or is it just a guideline for all saddles?
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