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post #1 of 11 Old 09-14-2014, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Help me out please?

Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum. I started to take horse lessons since I was 4 years old and quit after a few years because I was too little to control these huge horses. But now I'm 15 and about to get a horse on our land. I just have a few questions about tack requirements. When you get your tack do you have to have everything fitted? Like does a horse expert have to come out and measure every part of your horse so you can get the right tack sizes or can you do it yourself? I want to get the saddle pad, English saddle, and reins first for a start but I don't know if it has to be fitted. Any advice?
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-14-2014, 01:43 PM
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Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum. I started to take horse lessons since I was 4 years old and quit after a few years because I was too little to control these huge horses. But now I'm 15 and about to get a horse on our land. I just have a few questions about tack requirements. When you get your tack do you have to have everything fitted? Like does a horse expert have to come out and measure every part of your horse so you can get the right tack sizes or can you do it yourself? I want to get the saddle pad, English saddle, and reins first for a start but I don't know if it has to be fitted. Any advice?

Hi! I'm 15 as well, but I've been riding western for about 9+ of those years. You don't necessarily need someone to come out and measure your horse. I'm not sure what they do for English saddles, but they measure the western fit by the horn, which is the withers. (too small and it will be pinch the withers, but too big and the saddle will slip down their back) Saddle pads are pretty easy. If you want to, you could go out and measure your horses' back yourself, because there are probably only a few pad sizes. Reins don't have to be fitted. Hope this helped!
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Hi! I'm 15 as well, but I've been riding western for about 9+ of those years. You don't necessarily need someone to come out and measure your horse. I'm not sure what they do for English saddles, but they measure the western fit by the horn, which is the withers. (too small and it will be pinch the withers, but too big and the saddle will slip down their back) Saddle pads are pretty easy. If you want to, you could go out and measure your horses' back yourself, because there are probably only a few pad sizes. Reins don't have to be fitted. Hope this helped!
Thank you so much! Are the bridles adjustable that's why they don't need to be fitted?
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-14-2014, 10:16 PM
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Hi,bridles are adjustable but. They do come in different sizes. Usually, pony, cob, horse and draft. What size is your horse? A small horse or Arabian type might need a cob size.can you ask the person you got her from what size they used? If you have any friends with horses maybe they can help.If not, a good photo posted here might help us guess better and we love to see pictures.
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-14-2014, 11:20 PM
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It's not totally nessesary to have your tack professionaly fitted, BUT it is a very good idea if you are not experienced in tack fitting. In your case I would 100% recomend you have a professional fitter come out to give you an idea of what brands/sizes will work for your horse, and to potentially reflock where needed on a specific saddle.
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-15-2014, 03:02 PM
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Get someone with experience to help and teach you about properly fitting yourself and the horse with the tack. To explain on the internet may create confusion or discomfort for both you and the horse.

There's more flexibility with bridles because they can be adjusted, and like what others have said, they generally come in size pony, cob, horse, and draft. You will need to know the size and type of bit that the horse will need and it is best to have someone help you with that. Having an incorrect bit could cause considerable problems and jeopardize safety. After you have the appropriate bit and bridle, you adjust it so there are two wrinkles on each side of the mouth. You don't want it too loose nor too tight.

When it comes to saddles, you need to know the tree/gullet size and seat size. Again, have an experienced person to help you. To have an incorrect saddle on the horse could cause them pain and discomfort and to you as well. That, too, could jeopardize your safety.

Depending on the shape of your horse's back, you may need extra padding (I.e. Riser pad).

Each horse and rider are different. I have had extreme difficulty in the past with finding tack that fits BOTH the horse and me.
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Congratulations on getting your first horse!

I have to be honest-in 35+ years of training horses I have only seen 1 person hire a "professional" saddle fitter (and he was a salesman who sold custom made saddles and sold her a saddle that cost $7000)!

Unless your horse is very strangely shaped, you do not need a saddle fitter. 99% of people buy one that fits them and is comfortable to ride in and that's just fine.

You'd have an extremely hard time finding a true "saddle fitter" unless you go to a very large city and pay many thousands of dollars to buy a saddle.

I suspect that when you do get your horse, you will find that you have many, many questions. Try to find a lesson instructor that is willing to work with you and your horse both and be someone who is available for answering questions.

Have fun & stay safe!
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You don't need to pay thousands of dollars to use a saddle fitter. Go to an independent saddle fitter (not one that is a representative for a specific brand, unless you want to buy a saddle from that brand) and they can check the fit of any saddle, even a 20 year old Stubben you found for $300 or whatever. When I buy a saddle I budget an extra $150-300 for the saddle fitter to check the saddle and adjust it. I don't think everyone needs a fitter, but you should have *someone* who knows about saddle fit to take a look to make sure things are okay and if that's a professional saddle fitter you should know that you don't have to have an expensive saddle to make it worthwhile.

Good luck with your new horse :)
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saddles fit by the Tree size. Ask the seller what type of saddle they currently use, if its english or western measure at the gullet . just below upside down U shape of the saddle, also you need to make sure the seat size fits your behind. In western saddles there are Arabian trees,
3/4 trees and full 1/4 trees which are wide horses with flatter backs. and of Course draft.
average saddle tree is around 6 " at the gullet more or less.
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-15-2014, 07:23 PM
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You can also go to a tack shop and ask if they can help you fit a saddle.

A simple method to figure out your horses gullet size is to take a wire coat hanger or bendable ruler and shape it over your horses withers, marking which is the left and right side of the horse. Then you can trace the shape onto a piece of poster board or firm but thin cardboard and cut it out.
You can take the tracing to the tack shop and slip it into the gullet of the saddle and see if it matches up.

There are many guides for fitting a English saddle, and bridle here are a few;
Guide to English Saddles - Horse.com

Saddle Fitting - 9 Step Guideline for Optimal Fit

How To Fit A Bridle On Your Horse (Horses)

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