Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
Well, it looks OK, the way to check with a western saddle is to check where the front of the bars are in relation to the back of the shoulder blade of the horse. So if you feel around on the horse side of the saddle you should feel where the bits of the tree that sit on the horse's back are inside the skirts, if the skirts have been shaped to the tree properly there will be a kind of bulge there following the contour of the tree back a little from where the skirts start, so from the very front of the leather/sheepskin part; so basically the shape, or outline, of tree inside the leather. Then establish where the back of the shoulder blade of the horse is, this can be a bit tricky at first, especially if the horse is well muscled and in good condition.
When you put the saddle on the horse, that bit should be about the width of a couple of fingers behind the back of the shoulder blade of the horse. Don’t worry about trying to get the girth (cinch) to hang down vertically, the placement of the saddle and the angle of the girth don’t necessarily correspond to one another in the way people think, so don’t worry about that. Just position the TREE of the saddle so the front of the bars are a bit behind the shoulder blade and, if the tree is a good fit on the horse it will stay put, no matter how loose or tight you cinch it down.
That saddle almost looks like it had full double rigging, it could have 7/8ths rigging, its hard to tell from the picture, with the fender in the way, actually looks to me almost like its between full and 7/8ths, anyway, if you find the back of the saddle kicking up a bit you will need to put a back girth on it, all full double rigged saddles really should be ridden with a back girth.