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post #1 of 4 Old 05-07-2011, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Where should the saddle sit?

I went to pick up my new horse today and wanted to try him out with my own tack. I have a western saddle and he is rather thin and has high withers. I saddled him as I thought was correct and when I went to get his bridle my husband told me the stable owner re saddled him so that the saddle sat over his shoulders and withers. She said when he gained weight he wouldn't be so high withered. I would have thought her placement of the saddle was too far forward. Can someone please tell me or show me with a picture where the saddle should sit.
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-07-2011, 10:21 PM
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I have the same problem with my horse, he too is thin and high withered, hard to get the saddle just right.

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The front concho is about 1/4" behind the front edge of the bar. There will be some leather in front of that. Find the edge of the scapula and place two fingers side by side. That is a close approximation of where the saddle should sit. Never on the shoulders. Some people do this so the saddle will clear the withers. If your saddle is down on the withers you need to get a saddle with a different tree and a deep gullet. I'm thinking semi qh bars.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-07-2011, 11:30 PM
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No matter how much your horse grows/muscles out, the whithers will remain narrow and high. You may have a little widening, but not much.

The saddle honestly should naturally "fall" into place...as in you can shift it on the horses back and there will be a spot that naturally "feels right."

When tacked and girthed, you should be able to get your fingers between the pommel and your horse's whithers...if you can't, you need a tighter tree or you can also try a built-up cut-back pad if it only needs a little raising.

Both my boys were a nightmare to fit...Hoover takes a semi quarter (6.5) and Gun takes a regular (6").

"Sit tall in the saddle, hold your head up high. Keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky. And live like you ain't afraid to die...don't be scared, jut enjoy the ride." - Chris LeDoux
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