10-20-2008, 07:22 PM
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I wish that tack shops were experts at saddle fitting, and some are but most really aren't. It is best to go there with some forms and have them match them up to their saddles.
As for you, sit in a few and your rear should come up to the cantle without being squished and you should have 4" of room between your tummy and the swell.
As for measuring your horse, try this method:
Got to the hardware store and get about 4’ of 12 or 14 gauge house wire (the kind electricians use to wire a house) and cut it in half.
Take 2’ and shape it over your horse’s withers. Take the other 2’ and shape it over the center of his back.
Carefully take the wires and trace them on a heavy piece of cardboard (or poster board if you have it). Cut out the cardboard shapes and take them to the saddle shop to fit against some saddles.
Keep in mind that QH bars in one saddle may not be the same in another brand. There are no standards for saddle trees so each manufacturer has his own idea what dimensions make the designations.