Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
SDS, Sonny gave you some good advise on saddle fit. The bottom of your saddle skirt should also look parelle with the ground when cinched up. On a standard swell saddle (not a wade or A folk) you should be able to fit 4 fingers between the bottom of the gullet and his withers without you in the saddle and 2 fingers with you seated; the cinch should be no more then 4" behind the spot where his leg comes into his body.
On my bridle I like to see a 1 1/2 wrinkles in his mouth with a simple snaffle and a little less with a leverage bit. It all depends on your horse but that is my starting place. After that I watch how his head reacts when I use my reins. Be sure his mouth is in good shape before bridleing him - are his wolf teeth still there or does his teeth need to be floated?
How old is your horse and how much training has he had? What equipment is he used to now?
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