I am looking for a trail saddle. I found this on CL. What do you make of the lines on the fenders? Is that normal? I can't afford much and really am hoping to trade my Close Contact saddle for a trail saddle. Dark Western Pleasure Saddle 16in
Rick gave very good information the wrong size saddle can cause havock and injury to the rider if the horse takes a dislike to the pain they can at times cause. My first horse had a saddle issue and the locals often could be heard saying (one size fits all) which is absolute rubbish. She demonstrated her displeasure by bucking me off and the dammage to her back took moinths for her to come right.
I ride trails, what we call trekking and on ocassions 8 hours duration and the country can be a little rough. The horse needs the correct fitting saddle and so did I. When I brought the saddle it was with the help of the horsesaddleshop.com. They sent me templets and instructions how to measure the horse and I sent them photos of the horse. This combination ended up with a saddle that when placed on the horse fitted very well considering it was done by simple measurements and no more pain for the horse.
Before you start or buy, measure the angle of the Withers beause if that is wrong no matter what you do it wont fit right and will cause preassure points. Blankets for cushining do not change the angle of the saddle tree.
You can down load the templets from horsesaddleshop.com or Tucker saddles. There are three basic tree sizes, normal, wide, and extra wide, and these equate to the angle of the withers and dictate the length of the bars. If the angle of the bars matches the horse, then the rest is considered, length of the back, height of the withers and so on. Then there is the odd shaped horse that requires the saddle to be made just for it, thats another story.
This is a starting point, angle of the tree. All of my horses are a wide tree saddle with high withers. The saddle I ended up with is a tucker endurance, wide tree, full bars and has been used on three horses.
After all of that, all I am adding to what Rick has said is get the templets and measure the angle of the withers as the starting point then add the rest. Good luck
I saw Stella a couple of days back. New owner is taking good care of her. But Stella has a sore back in the withers area. The lady is riding Stella long distance, trekking, and for extended time periods. Her saddle is a GP and is not fitting correctly around the withers, the angle is wrong and the preassure is causing the horse pain. I also think the girth strap is to tight pulling the saddle down onto the withers add the weight of the rider. I expect a phone call soon complaining that Stella has gotten unmanagable and it will be all down to the saddle fit.
I dont know about how the rest of the world cinches up their saddle but my Tucker is not tight (on the horse) I have the girth strap firm not tight, rear cinch not tight but touching all the way round, breast straps and crupper. The saddle does not slip forward ot backward, won't roll around when mounting and is not too tight around the barrell.
Get the templets first.