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post #1 of 12 Old 06-11-2012, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Length Of The Saddle??

I have another question for you all and i'm sorry if it has already been asked!!!

I was wanting to know where the back of the saddle is supposed to hit the horses's back?
Like, how do you know what length saddle to purchase ?
( Also, what length saddle pad?)


Oh and i'm talking about a western saddle....Thank you

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-11-2012, 10:11 PM
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I have another question for you all and i'm sorry if it has already been asked!!!

I was wanting to know where the back of the saddle is supposed to hit the horses's back?
Like, how do you know what length saddle to purchase ?
( Also, what length saddle pad?)


Oh and i'm talking about a western saddle....Thank you
The bars of the saddle should not rest on the last rib of a horse.

The skirts of course should not hit the haunches of the Horse.

There are quite a few variables, so I post averages:

A 16" Seat Western saddle will have a Bar Length of 21-22", the skirts can be 24 to 27"

Pads are generally 3-4 inches longer than skirt length


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Thank you for taking the time to reply!
This will help me a lot :)

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I agree with STGA... which can make finding a saddle for a short backed horse difficult!
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Yes, that's exactly what's happening to me!

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I agree with STGA... which can make finding a saddle for a short backed horse difficult!
Getting one with a round skirt will help. My swaybacked percheron does fine with a round skirt...but a square skirt is literally impossible because it would dig into her haunches. My shortbacked paint too has a round skirt.
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Getting one with a round skirt will help. My swaybacked percheron does fine with a round skirt...but a square skirt is literally impossible because it would dig into her haunches. My shortbacked paint too has a round skirt.
Yes it does help. We have two round skirted saddles
We have a mare with a really short back, she is just a short compact horse everywhere...
She has a weird back...she is wide over her loins but narrows above the girth area. So its like saddling a funnel! LOL
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Getting one with a round skirt will help. My swaybacked percheron does fine with a round skirt...but a square skirt is literally impossible because it would dig into her haunches. My shortbacked paint too has a round skirt.
Oh okay, I hadn't thought of doing that

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Getting one with a round skirt will help. My swaybacked percheron does fine with a round skirt...but a square skirt is literally impossible because it would dig into her haunches. My shortbacked paint too has a round skirt.
Where do you get the round skirt saddles from you guys?

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I found a barrel saddle for my short fjordX. It is possible to find one of quality construction, believe it or not. This cute and comfy work of art is 24" long. Also, as far as breaking in a western saddle, this one Brand New is quieter and softer all around than my hubby's 5 year old roper. It's also light enough for my damaged shoulder to repeatedly lift with ease. The brand I found was Canadian, a K & K Custom from K & K Livestock in Calgary. It's also not gaudy in it's bling, lol. Pics can be found in my album. The pad I found to compliment it is a 30" round Pro Choice grey felt number.
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