Measuring Saddles

       The Horse Forum > Horse Tack > Horse Tack and Equipment

Measuring Saddles

This is a discussion on Measuring Saddles within the Horse Tack and Equipment forums, part of the Horse Tack category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    11-25-2009, 09:59 AM
Measuring Saddles

I'm probably going up to the tack store this afternoon, and finally taking a good look at some dressage saddles in person. Unless I either find an unbelieveable value or some other miracle, I'm probably not buying today.

My problem is in ballparking fit, so I know what to not even look at. Scout is really a middle of the road horse as far as the width of his back and the shape of his withers, and is 14.1 hands and roughly 800 pounds. I'm taking the (inches) measurement of my AP saddle (which does fit him, no pain reactions, no dry spots) gullet with me, and planning on testing the fit to me this afternoon. Will that measurement even translate into being a reasonable analog for a dressage saddle gullet measurement?

Another question... is there a way to translate a measurement (inches or centimeters) into the narrow/medium/wide designations that most companies give? My AP isn't labeled in any way, shape, or form. I doubt that its a wide or narrow tree, as it does fit my very middle-of-the-road sized horse. Are there any other measurements that I ought to have with me at the tack store?

I've purchased saddles before, but never a dressage saddle, and since the last purchase three years ago I've discovered exactly how lucky I've been that my tack does fit fairly well. A pro fitting is out of the question, due to a severe lack of availability in my area, and the cost. Now I'm paranoid and trying to arm myself with as much info as possible. I plan on test fitting the new saddle when the time comes, and I'm comfortable with fitting the saddle to my horse, but I want to maximize the chances of whatever I eventually bring home fitting fairly well (The tack store is a good hour and a half away... out of state, lol).

Virtual cookies if you read this... with virtual sprinkles and frosting!
Sponsored Links
    11-25-2009, 10:16 AM
Before you go, try this, it is the best way to check your horse's fit against saddles without taking your horse with you.:

Go to the hardware store and get about 4’ of 12 or 14 gauge house wire (the kind electricians use to wire a house) and cut it in half. This was written for Western saddles but the principle is the same for English or Australian.

Take 2’ and shape it over your horse’s withers. Take the other 2’ and shape it over the center of his back.

Carefully take the wires and trace the inside of the wire on a heavy piece of cardboard (or poster board if you have it). Cut out the cardboard shapes and take them to the saddle shop to fit against some saddles.

This part is Western: Keep in mind that QH bars in one saddle may not be the same in another brand. There are no standards for saddle trees so each manufacturer has his own idea what dimensions make the designations.

As for you, your bum should not be squished against the cantle, it should have a little room at the top and there should be about 4" of space between your tummy and the swell.
    11-25-2009, 05:00 PM

Take a look at that link. Angle is more meaningful than cm. Cm is a length measurement from tree point up around the gullet and back down to the other tree point, more or less, and on a bare tree before a saddle is built. That's why there is no consistency from one model or brand to another.

Sorry for the short answer but I have to run.
    11-25-2009, 05:29 PM
That is an excellent concept but it doesn't take into account the gullet width. You can conceivably have the same angle on two saddles but one is 6" wide and the other is 8" wide. Even though the angle may be the same, the 6" could pinch and the 8" could sit on this withers.

The absolute best way is to take the horse with you - or, at least, the forms that are molded to his back.
    11-25-2009, 07:56 PM
Thanks for the replies!

I made templates, and checked them against the saddle I have to see how accurate they were (nearly perfect!). I went to the tack store, and they really didn't have any kind of selection of used dressage saddles, but I did get some info on perhaps trading one of my other saddles toward one of the new ones.

Thanks so much again! The quest continues, so any other suggestions are much appreciated!

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Horse Blanket measuring?? APHA MOMMA Horse Tack and Equipment 7 10-25-2009 01:44 AM
Measuring Treeless Trail Saddles? Liberty Valance Horse Tack and Equipment 5 07-31-2009 01:42 PM
Measuring Wintec Isabell Saddle tigribbb Horse Tack and Equipment 4 04-24-2009 01:34 AM
Measuring the Gullet? HELP! Tennessee Horse Tack and Equipment 3 04-09-2009 01:13 AM
saddles that I like Magic Horse Tack and Equipment 6 01-06-2008 11:36 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:38 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0