Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
The way I do it is like this:
Go 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. This was written for Western saddles but the principle is the same for English or Australian.
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.
This part is Western: 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.
As for you, your bum should not be squished against the cantle, it should have a little room at the top and there should be about 4" of space between your tummy and the swell.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your horse is going to change over the next year or so. He is going to fill out some and build muscle so you need to take that into account. I would go with a saddle that is a LITTLE on the larger size.
OH, and congratulations on winning a nice saddle!!
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Last edited by iridehorses; 02-24-2009 at 08:03 AM.