Originally Posted by iridehorses
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?
Sorry, guys but I'm going to admit that I don't know the parts of the saddle like I should
. I will look them up though, and brush up.
My mare is 5 years old, and training on our ranch had better come with the horse we buy at the sale. :roll: If we had the money, we could buy awesome horses, but unfornutaly my grandma buys all the horses and they are usually ones that are headed to the canner and need a little work.
Ok, so as soon as I can get my camera to work, I will post a picture of the bit I use...