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post #1 of 14 Old 05-04-2010, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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saddle buying question

HI I am currently looking for saddles I have one saddle but its to big for the horse. I made a template out of wire and I put it in the saddle and the bars are to wide on one side. How do I see what the size of the bars are on the saddle that I have so I can use it as a reference against other saddles that I am looking at buying
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-04-2010, 10:29 PM
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You can download free templates from horsesaddleshop.com for SQHB, QHB, and FQHB. The part that you cut out of the center, you can stick up into tha front of a saddle and determine which of those three "typical" trees it is. The other part, you put on the horse to figure out which tree is most likely to fit him.

I don't quite understand "too wide on one side" unless you mean the horse is asymmetrical.
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post #3 of 14 Old 05-05-2010, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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ok so I made the templet and I made one of small normal and the wide. They both fit except the small normal one the top of it fits about a half inch above the withers but the wide one fits about an inch to inch and half so I am thinking the wide please tell me if im correct
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I would just suggest getting a saddle with full quarter horse bars. Unless you have a skinny horse, it should fit him/her fine :)

One thing I've learned working with horses: You can FORCE a horse to do something on a tight rein and he might do what you ask or you can TEACH a horse to do something on a loose rein and he will do it willingly with his heart.
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well I just want to make sure that I get the right saddle I can put three fingers between the wide templet and the horse will that suffice?
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and the other horse the wide templet sits on her withers so im Thinking the extra wide would be good for her what size saddles would I need for both?
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ok so I made the templet and I made one of small normal and the wide. They both fit except the small normal one the top of it fits about a half inch above the withers but the wide one fits about an inch to inch and half so I am thinking the wide please tell me if im correct
Are you measuring two Horses? Sorry I am confused.

The clearance above the withers to the bottom of the template does not matter, what is critical is the relation of the angle of your Horse to the angle of the template, here is a proper fit




Below is a bad fit,

Notice the arrows, this template is too wide for this Horse


The Template needs to be placed about 2" behind the shoulder blade as referenced by the line drawn over the Horses Withers below



Hope this helps

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Here's a related question that I have. Why would you try to fit a saddle to a horse without a pad on when you will NEVER ride the horse with a saddle and no pad?

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post #9 of 14 Old 05-06-2010, 08:57 AM
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Here's a related question that I have. Why would you try to fit a saddle to a horse without a pad on when you will NEVER ride the horse with a saddle and no pad?
Good Question, that is something many people ask.

When you put a Saddle on a Horse without the pad, you alleviate the visual hindrance and the ability to feel pressure points along the bars of the Saddle Tree that a Pad can interfere with.

A 1" pad merely adds 1" of space all along the Saddle Bars and only lifts the Saddle up off the Horse, the pad does not change the angle of the Bars, which is the most important to a good fit, followed by the length and rock in the bars.

Below is a rough Drawing showing different bars of a Saddle tree, notice if you have no pad or a use a 1" pad the pressure points from the wrong bars will still pinch, just the pad makes it hurt a slightly little bit less




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Makes sense. Thanks for the explanation.

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