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cherriebark 04-09-2008 08:06 PM

Saddle fitting?
 
I am having problems fitting my big fat QH/appy gelding. I know he is going to need a wide or x-wide tree, but every saddle maker seems to have a different idea of what "wide" is.

Firstly, I would love some suggestions of saddle brands that make english eventing style saddles in genuinely wide fits.

Secondly, can anyone tell me how to measure my horse to determine what centimeter size tree he will need? I've seen wide trees anywhere from 31 centimeters to 40 centimeters, but I have no idea how to tell where my horse falls. I know how to take a wither tracing, but I don't know how to interpret it to tell what will fit.

Thanks!!

SonnyWimps 04-09-2008 09:28 PM

Re: Saddle fitting?
 
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Originally Posted by cherriebark
I am having problems fitting my big fat qh/appy gelding. I know he is going to need a wide or x-wide tree, but every saddle maker seems to have a different idea of what "wide" is.

Firstly, I would love some suggestions of saddle brands that make english eventing style saddles in genuinely wide fits.

Secondly, can anyone tell me how to measure my horse to determine what centimeter size tree he will need? I've seen wide trees anywhere from 31 centimeters to 40 centimeters, but I have no idea how to tell where my horse falls. I know how to take a wither tracing, but I don't know how to interpret it to tell what will fit.

Thanks!!

Try taking a bendable metal wire and put it on the horse's withers where the tree would sit. Bend it to the shape and size of the withers...then when you go saddling shopping put the wire on the tree of the saddle...and if it is the same size then the saddle might fit. I said might fit because there is always errors.

Sunkissed28f 04-09-2008 10:06 PM

I second Sunny, being this is what I do.......but when I go shopping I first take the wire and bend it across the withers forming an A/arc and on the back and where a saddle would stop.

Now take a good sized piece of paper and trace the INSIDE of the wire on the paper. I use a brown paper bag....trace each shape. Then cut out the shape you can also use good card stock paper.

Take this with you when you go shopping as a template.

Here scroll down...I found better directions. :)

http://www.raspberryridge.com/saddle_fitting.htm


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