Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
When I go look at used saddles with no horse in tow, I bring:
1: my measuring tape to check the seat size
2: I use a flexicurve to trace my horse's back where the tree points of the saddle will sit - about 2" behind his scapula. Then I trace this onto a piece of cardboard and cut it out. I do the same along the length of his spine, about 1.5" from his spine - where the panels will sit. Then I bring my cardboard "horse" with me.
3: my flexicurve. I use this to try to follow the tree-shape on the saddle I'm looking at. Then I lay the flexicurve over my cardboard "horse" and see if the shape and angle of the tree points will sit nicely on his back or if they will pinch or be too wide.
4: If I can't find my flexicurve, I bring two shishkabob sticks. I use these to lay along the tree points of the saddle so I can see what angle they make where they end up crossing. That at least lets me see if the tree angle is about the same as the angle of my horse's back where the tree points will sit.
5: Lay the cardboard cutout of the length of your hrose's back along the length of the panels to see if the shape fits along the length.