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  • How to check your tack fits a horse?
  • Using powder to check uf saddle fits

 
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    06-21-2008, 08:30 PM
  #1
SDS
Foal
How do you know if your tack fits?

This is something that seems to keep a grip on me!

I want to know how to check to see if a saddle, or bridle fits. Just so you know, I ride western, if that matters. I might be able to get some pictures of the saddle and bridle on my mare and gelding tonight and post tommorrow.

Anyone have good advice?

Thanks
SDS
     
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    06-21-2008, 09:54 PM
  #2
Banned
For bridle, I like to be able to fit 2 fingers inbetween the back of the ears where the bridle goes. Also you should have 1.5-2 folds in the horses mouth when the bit is in the mouth.

For saddle, it's really hard to explain here. It's hard to explain the whole sitting of the saddle on the back, but if you ride in the saddle, get your horse so he's sweaty...take off the saddle and the pad. There should be noo dry spots on the side...and especially NONE on the withers. If there is, then the saddle is tooo small and is pinching the withers

I know that's not the best decription but it's hard to really explain at least for me it is
     
    06-22-2008, 11:43 AM
  #3
SDS
Foal
Thanks SonnyWimps.

I know it's kinda hard to explain things when you really should do a demonstration.

I would say that yes, the saddle fits then, according to the sweat marks. I'm not so sure about the bridle though because my mare and I are still learning not to throw our heads when we put the bridle on...But not to worry because she is learning and hasn't tryed to back away from me yet. Before I thought that it was the bridle not fitting correctly, but who knows..

Thanks again
SDS
     
    06-22-2008, 02:17 PM
  #4
Banned
Could it be that she just doesn't like the bit? Sonny will literally open his mouth for his western bit with sweet iron on it...but he is less enthusiastic about his Eggbutt snaffle.
Make sure you aren't banging the bit on her teeth, that would definitely not want me to open my mouth. Make sure her teeth have been floated also.

What bit are you using? I recommend the sweet iron bits...at least ones that have a little strip of it....all the horses I've used that on seem to respond ALOT better
     
    06-22-2008, 02:51 PM
  #5
Showing
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?
     
    06-22-2008, 03:32 PM
  #6
Showing
I used to use talc powder to check for saddle fit but that can be hard to read. The best way is to take a clean white towel placed between the horse your saddle. Take a short ride and then check the towel. Unless your horse is squeeky clean you could be able to see dirt where the saddle is making contact. It should be even along the length of the saddle and clean along the spine.
As far as bridle fit I'm not big on wrinkles. I adjust it so the bit sits right at the corner of the mouth with little or no wrinkle. I use a curb bit though.
     
    06-22-2008, 03:38 PM
  #7
SDS
Foal
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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...
     
    06-22-2008, 05:04 PM
  #8
Showing
[quote="SDS"]
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.
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Nothing wrong with that. Many good horses can be had that way.

Here is a good link for saddle parts: http://www.western-saddle-guide.com/saddle-parts.html
     
    06-22-2008, 06:33 PM
  #9
SDS
Foal
Yay! Thanks for the link iridehorses. I will definetly study hard.

Here is a picture of the bit that I use on my mare:

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    06-22-2008, 08:25 PM
  #10
Banned
It does have the sweet iron on it.
Did she ever take the bit good? Is this a new habit or something that you've always had problems with?

Put on a rope halter and pull down, if she raises up to resist keep pulling down if at all possible...but the minute she puts her head down release the pressure and award her...then keep doing it again and again and again and again until it's drilled into her mind that that is what you want.

Then try it with the bit and see if it helps
     

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