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post #1 of 5 Old 01-31-2012, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Proper saddle fit

How to you measure a horse to make sure the saddle fits right?
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-01-2012, 11:09 AM
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I've always been taught it's more of a feel than measurement. You want the bars to have good even contact all the way down the back. Sit the saddle on the horse without a pad and ease your hand under the skirt and feel for holes and tight spots. Most tack stores here have someone that is pretty proficient at fitting as well.
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-01-2012, 09:20 PM
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Here is a very helpful post also.
http://www.horseforum.com/horse-tack...dle-fit-45868/
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-01-2012, 09:37 PM
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Hi Tanya :)
There are a couple of measurements you can take or even draw a wither template but these can be unreliable. The best way is to put the saddle in question on your horses back and check these things:
1. BARS-they should be in even contact with your horses back in order to distribute saddle & rider weight evenly
2.CHANNEL- ensure this is not putting any pressure on your horses spine
3.GULLET- make sure this is high enough and wide enough so it's not putting pressure on your horses wither
4.POSITION- your saddle needs to placed in the correct position on your horses back so it doesn't retrict his shoulder movement
Hope that helps :)
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-01-2012, 09:57 PM
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Would just like to add - if you are unsure about correct saddle fit, it's always better to get a professional to come out and take a look. It's much easier then getting an incorrectly fitted saddle and having to deal with your horses 'training' issues later on! (:
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