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post #1 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Measuring a horse for proper saddle fit.

How do I go about measuring a horse to ensure proper saddle fit?

Preferably for a western saddle

The reason I'm asking is because my saddle doesn't fit me or my horse so I'm selling it and buying another one but all I know is that I need a 14 inch seat bu that doesn't help my horse


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post #2 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 12:51 AM
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I usually bend a piece of wire that'll hold it's shape when I'm done so that I can fit it to the saddlea I''m looking to buy.

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post #3 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 01:30 PM
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What kind of saddle are you using that doesn't work?
What kind of horse do you have?
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post #4 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 01:58 PM
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[QUOTE]I usually bend a piece of wire that'll hold it's shape when I'm done so that I can fit it to the saddlea I''m looking to buy.[QUOTE]

^ Never thought of that, it's a good idea!
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post #5 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Ok but where and what parts of my horse do I measure? My saddle for one is too long my horse has a short back and the skirt of my saddle is 24 inches
Or does the skirt size even matter. Also How do I know if I need full qh bars or quarter bars?


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post #6 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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My horse is a twh/paint cross and I'm looking for a barrel racing saddle.


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post #7 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I figured it out.
I need a 22 inch skirt, 6 in bars and 12.5 swell and 14" seat


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post #8 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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My only problem is all the saddles I'm finding online will fit except for my horse needs a saddle that's no longer than 22 inches they're all 26 inches any help on that does it have to be 22 inches


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post #9 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 04:48 PM
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Usually the bars are (depending on brand)
Semi 6.5"
Regular 6.75"
Full 7"

You are probably okay with a normal barrel saddle that is about 24 inches.

The semi 6.5" is usually a more slender horse with some withers.
I don't think you want the full - or your horse needs to get in shape and your times probably aren't good! (joking)
The 6.75" is what more barrel racers are made in for that athletic build.
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post #10 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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I don't even barrel race yet... I want too so I'm going ahead and buying the saddle
This is the saddle I want to order 14 16 Zebra Western Horse Barrel Racing Saddle- Western Horse Saddles - Saddle Online


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