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    01-03-2010, 03:39 PM
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Green Broke
saddle fitting

This may sound dumb. But I have always heard of people with english saddles needing them fitted to their horses. But I never hear it for western saddles. Are they one size fits all or something? Because I ride western. And i've used two different saddles on my horse and NEVER had them fitted. Or knew if they fitted her or not. She never seemed like they bothered her or anything. But yeah can someone enlighten me please?
     
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    01-03-2010, 04:45 PM
  #2
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Originally Posted by lilkitty90    
this may sound dumb. But I have always heard of people with english saddles needing them fitted to their horses. But I never hear it for western saddles. Are they one size fits all or something?
Goodness gracious no. In fact, I think Western saddles are more difficult to fit. Not only do you need to consider gullet width, but bar angle and skirt length. There have been numerous threads concerning saddle fit.
     
    01-03-2010, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
Goodness gracious no. In fact, I think Western saddles are more difficult to fit. Not only do you need to consider gullet width, but bar angle and skirt length. There have been numerous threads concerning saddle fit.
I agree. Western saddles are like putting a 4 legged chair on the horse's back. Because of all the padding we think they fit. English saddles on a whole I feel fit better then a western. I personally ride western and all my saddles are custom made for the horse. They start with bare trees that are fit to his back and built from there.
If your horse seems ok with your western then continue to use it but if you are heavy weight and spend alot of time in the saddle then it should be fit to him personally.

I feel these people that need to longe their horse before riding might have a saddle fit problem and the lunging only gets the horse use to that thing digging into his back.
     
    01-03-2010, 06:15 PM
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This is fit to his back before we go any further. Most saddles touch in only 4 corners and bridge the center section of the back creating too much pressure in the 4 corners.
I take the bare tree and build it up in the center section and cut the corners down so they blend in more.. I spend a week fitting the tree to mirror his back and then put the saddle back together.
I do 2 at a time so he always has a spare.
     
    01-03-2010, 08:02 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Ooh ok well my parents spent 260$'s on my new saddle I got for christmas. I am ahaha don't laugh! But 4'11-5'0 i'm in the 11st grade and only weigh around 100 pounds so i'm little I don't ride for more than 4-5 hours. Which was our longest trail ride once. But I haven't rode for more than 2 hours in the new saddle so far. Since it's winter and all.
     
    01-03-2010, 11:55 PM
  #6
Green Broke
No matter what you weigh, it's important to make sure the saddle fite.

The best way is to put the saddle on the horse, no pad, and look at it. Make sure the front concho is 1-2" behind the back edge of the shoulder blade (this is the proper place to put a saddle on a horse). Does it set level on his back? Does it pop up in back or look "uneven"? Where do the back skirts end? They should be no farther back then the mid-line of the flanks.

Next, look at the front. Does the front of the saddle follow the same angle as the horse's shoulder? Is there at least 1-2" of clearance above the horse's withers?

Lastly, run your hand under the saddle. Do you feel even pressure front to back? Do you feel any tight spots or loose spots? Sometimes it helps to have a friend lay their hand on the seat of the saddle and press down lightly, if the saddle is really light weight.
     
    01-03-2010, 11:56 PM
  #7
Green Broke
If you're unsure, put the saddld on, no pad, lightly cinched up, and take some pictures to post on here. Take a side shot of the horse (standing on level ground, head UP!) and a 3/4 front angle. On the front shot, be sure that we can see the WHOLE shoulder and the whole front of the saddle and saddle skirts.
     
    01-04-2010, 05:59 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Oh alright next time I go to ride i'll put it on her and get pics of it with and without the saddle pad. Would I need to have the stirrups up so you can see? Or does that matter? And do you want a shot from the rear as well??
     
    01-04-2010, 11:14 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Stirrups down is fine. A rear shot isn't important with a western saddle. The side shot should show if it's sitting right in the back.

Just make sure you step back, no close up pictures. Close ups don't show enough of the horse or saddle to get a good idea of the fit. Also make sure the horse is standing on level ground, with the head up (either level or slightly higher). If the horse has its head down, it changes the way the saddle fits behind the shoulders.
     
    01-16-2010, 06:29 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Alright guys sorry it has taken me so long to get the pictures. But here they are if I didn't get them far enough back let me know and i'll get some more!
This is my saddle on my horse Baby.
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