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Saddle Fitting Guidlines
To ensure proper fitting of your saddle, please check these guidelines.
Guidelines for Proper Saddle Fitting
If your horse exhibits a change in attitude or shows signs of discomfort, it may be time to assess the fit of the saddle. Review these guidelines to see if your current saddle fits properly.
Guidelines to Determine if Your Current Saddle Fits Properly
Step One: Position of the Saddle
Place the saddle slightly forward on the horse's withers. Next, press down on the pommel and slide the saddle rearward until it stops at the resting place which is dictated by each horse's conformation.
Repeat this procedure several times until you feel the saddle stop in the same spot repeatedly, well behind the shoulder blade. Resist the temptation to place the saddle too far forward on the withers. This is a very common fitting mistake and can interfere with your horse's soundness and movement.
Step Two: Angle of the Points
To find the points, lift the flap of the saddle and look for a little leather pocket into which the wooden processes of the pommel are fitted. This is the point pocket and there is one on both sides of the pommel of the saddle just under the stirrup bars. These points should lie parallel to the withers. If the angles are too narrow, the points will dig into the musculature, and it will also cause the middle of the saddle to be in uneven contact with the horse's back. If the angles are too wide the saddle will sit down in front putting pressure on top of the withers, a scenario that should be avoided. To assess the point angles, stand looking from the front with the flap lifted; the points should be parallel with the musculature within 10 degrees of the heaviest side. Some points are concealed making it difficult to determine their angles. If this is the case, you will have to rely more on the panel pressure procedure to determine if the point angles are correct.
Step Three: Panel Pressure and Contact
(Note: The panels are the wool-stuffed underside of the saddle that rest on the horse's back.)
Place one hand in the center of the saddle and press down to secure the saddle in place as you test for panel pressure. Run your other hand between the front of the panels and your horse's musculature and feel for any uneven pressure under the points. The front panel should not pinch the withers in any area.
While maintaining pressure on the top of the saddle, run your hand, palm up, under the entire panel along the back, feeling for even pressure. You may also raise the sweat flap to ensure that the panels fit snugly and evenly on both sides of the withers and along the back to check for bridging. Bridging is a space near the center of the (saddle[JLT1]) where the panels do not make good contact with the horse's back. Wool-stuffed panels are almost universally considered superior to foam for the following reasons: assuming correctly designed panels, wool conforms to the many shapes of the horses back and can be adjusted if necessary to correct for a multitude of fitting problems. You cannot, however, correct for a poorly designed or incorrectly fitted saddletree.
Step Four: Pommel-to-Cantle Relationship
Visualize a straight line parallel to the ground from the pommel to the cantle. In saddles with deep or moderately deep seats, the cantle should be between 2 to 3 inches higher than the pommel. In shallower seats, such as close contact jumping saddles, the cantle may only be approximately 1 to 2 inches higher than the pommel. In almost any saddle, if the cantle is level with or below the pommel, the saddle is not properly fitted.
Step Five: Level Seat
Visualize the same straight line parallel to the ground and look this time at the deepest part of the seat.
This area should be level in order to put the rider squarely on their seat bones and in balance.
Step Six: Wither Clearance
There should be adequate clearance between the pommel and the top of the horse's withers, approximately two to three fingers. More than three fingers' clearance may mean the pommel is too high, i.e. the saddletree is too narrow. A saddle with less than 2-3 fingers may mean that the saddle is too wide. With wool stuffed panels, make allowance for the saddle to settle a half inch or so. There is an exception to this indicator: horses with flat, round withers may have more clearance than usual under the pommel. In these situations you may need to rely more on the balance of the seat and pommel-to-cantle relationship. On horses with high, narrow withers, maintaining proper clearance is something that has to be monitored and maintained.
Step Seven: Channel Clearance/Gullet Width
There should also be adequate clearance over the spine and connective tissue throughout the channel of the saddle. A channel that is too narrow will impede the horse's movement dramatically and may even cause the spine to be observably sore. Feel the width of the spine and connective tissue with your fingers and estimate its width. The channel of the saddle should completely clear this width, resting on the long back muscle of the back called the longissimus dorsi.
Repeat Steps 6 & 7 with the rider in the saddle, checking for adequate clearance over the withers and spine.
Step Eight: Saddle Stability
The saddle should remain stable and not shift excessively from side to side or from front to back. Keep in mind that such shifting may be a function of your horse's symmetry and not the saddle. A qualified saddle fitter should be able to make suggestions to minimize or eliminate the problem.
Step Nine: Seat Length
The saddle should never go behind the 18th thoracic vertebra, which is the vertebra corresponding with the last rib. Behind this vertebra are the lumbar vertebrae, which is the weakest, non-weight bearing area of the back.
Step Ten: Horse Response
Throughout the whole saddle fitting process, monitor your horse's response:
* Watch his ears and body language. Does he try to step away from the saddle or flinch when it is placed on his back?
* Or is the opposite true; is he more accepting of the saddle? How does he move when he is ridden? Does he seem freer or more restricted?
The horse is the most honest indicator we have when fitting a saddle so pay attention to it and note any changes.
How to Measure Properly for a New Saddle
To properly measure for a new saddle, you will need to perform an exercise called wither tracing.
The tools needed to take a wither tracing include:
1. A sheet of paper at least the size of legal typing paper and a flat surface to lay it on.
2. A pen.
3. A flexible curve. This is essentially a piece of solder wire covered in rubber and is approximately 2' long. It can be purchased in the drafting section of an office supply store.
4. Someone to assist keeping the horse square and straight.
The curve at the points
The point of the saddle
Where to take the tracing:
The wither tracing should be taken under the points of the saddletree or approximately 2.5"-3" behind the back edge of the horse's scapula (shoulder blade). The points are the right and left side of the pommel that run parallel to the sides of the horse's withers. The points of the saddletree can be located by lifting the leg flap and looking at the top front of the sweat flap, just below the front of the stirrup bar. There you will typically see a half circle of stitching. These are the point pockets in which the points of the saddletree rest.
Positioning the saddle correctly allows the scapula to rotate/slide several inches without interference or injury from the saddletree.
The best technique for positioning the saddle is to push it down and back until it stops at a spot dictated by the horse's conformation. Typically, people stop pushing before the saddle stops sliding. This results in the saddle being still too far forward on the horse's withers. Once the saddle is in the correct position, find the points and place your finger or a mark under the points. Assuming the points are approximately 2.5"-3" behind the back edge of the horse's scapula, this is where your tracing will be taken.
If the saddle you are using has forward points, as many of the older jumping saddles do, do not use it to determine point position. Simply find a spot 2.5"-3" behind the scapula.
Too far forward
Steps to do the tracing:
1. Fold the flexible curve and place the center over the spine. At this point the horse must be standing square with his head and neck straight forward.
2. Press the curve into the sides of the withers until it conforms to the horse's shape.
3. Carefully remove the curve and place it on the paper.
4. Trace the inside edge of the curve. Indicate off side and near side of the tracing.
Optional: Additional tracings may be taken of the topline and across the back at T-16 (approx. 3" in front of the vertebra that corresponds with the last rib). The topline tracing should start at the same position as the points of the saddletree.
We thank the Master Saddlers Association for providing some of the above information.
If after you've properly measured your horse for a saddle, you still are unsure about making a purchase commitment, you can take advantage of our saddle test ride program. Please review the saddle test ride policy before you decide to participate.
Saddle Test Ride Policy
Any of our saddles can be taken out on loan for a test ride, given that the following procedures are followed:
1. A credit card will be preauthorized for the price of the saddle, including shipping.
2. Prospective buyer pays for shipping of the saddle and return shipping if required.
3. New saddles that are marked in any way, cannot be returned.
4. Used saddles that are marked or damaged beyond a reasonable use during the trial period are non-returnable.
5. The trial period consists of five days after receipt of saddle.
6. We recommend that you place the saddle on a clean pad before placing it on your horse to ensure that the saddle remains clean should you need to return it.
7. Please contact us for additional information.
Let us help you find the best fitting saddle for you and your horse. Our trained saddle-fitting professionals can come to your location, within a reasonable distance, to assist you in properly fitting your horse with a saddle. The saddle-fitting fee is determined by time and distance required for the consultation. This fee is refunded if a new saddle is purchased within one month. Please contact us to request a customized fitting or for more information.
We sell used saddles on consignment. Occasionally, we purchase used saddles and accept used saddles as trade-ins for new saddles. Please contact us for more information.
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