- 1 How do you know what size saddle your horse needs?
- 2 How do you tell if your saddle doesn’t fit your horse?
- 3 How do you measure for a western saddle?
- 4 What size saddle do I need for a 15hh horse?
- 5 Where should a saddle sit on a horse?
- 6 Where should a cinch sit on a horse?
- 7 How do I choose a saddle?
- 8 Can any saddle fit any horse?
- 9 How tight should a saddle be?
- 10 How do you know if your western saddle fits your horse?
- 11 How do I measure a saddle gullet?
- 12 How do you read a saddle serial number?
How do you know what size saddle your horse needs?
There should be about four inches between your body and the swell of the saddle. Anything less than that may mean a too-small saddle, and a bigger gap means the saddle may be on the large size. Larger may be more comfortable for you. Western riders with longer legs should choose a larger-size saddle.
How do you tell if your saddle doesn’t fit your horse?
15 signs your saddle doesn’t fit – negative behaviour in your horse.
- Avoidance behaviours – trying to walk away when being tacked up.
- Ears back/head shaking when saddle comes close by.
- Excessive tail swishing both in the stable and when ridden.
- Pawing the ground.
- Threatening to bite you when you come close with the saddle.
How do you measure for a western saddle?
To measure the seat of a western saddle you should measure from the back of the swell at the top of the gullet back to leading edge of the cantle. There should be approximately four inches between your crotch and the fork (or swells).
What size saddle do I need for a 15hh horse?
Scapular to last rib 47cm/18 ¼” when you take off 5cm/2” for shoulder movement, that gives you 42cm /16” very small space for a saddle on a 15hh horse. 16.5” saddle set as far back as it can go without going past the last rib.
Where should a saddle sit on a horse?
Saddle positioning The saddle needs to be in the right position on the horse’s back in order to judge its fit, and to allow the horse correct movement. The saddle needs to sit 2-3 fingers behind the shoulderblade and its muscles (see picture below).
Where should a cinch sit on a horse?
The lowest point your cinch should sit is 3-4″ above the elbow. This allows clearance and no interference when riding. The best way to get an accurate cinch size is to take a string and hold it on one side 3-4″ above the elbow. Then you run it under the horse, to the same point on the other side.
How do I choose a saddle?
5 tips for finding the perfect saddle
- Find the saddle with the right shape. No two people are the same.
- Take account of your flexibility and your position on the bike. Test your flexibility.
- Measure the width of your sit bones. Saddles come in different widths.
- Set the saddle to the right height.
- Saddle position.
Can any saddle fit any horse?
Any good saddle company will be able to accommodate most if not all the many shapes of horses ‘ backs with their panel options. A bad fit for your body will affect your ride and work against you and your horse.” If you address the saddle and not the actual cause, you’ll only get so far with saddle fitting.
How tight should a saddle be?
Do not over tighten the cinch. The tighter you cinch the more pressure YOU create before you even sit in the saddle. The front cinch should be about as tight as your belt; if it’s comfortable for you, then it should be comfortable for the horse. Do not over tighten the cinch to compensate for a saddle that rolls.
How do you know if your western saddle fits your horse?
Your saddle fits just right if it sits level on your horse’s back and the bars of the tree do not pinch. The front of your saddle should be positioned behind your horse’s shoulder blade, allowing him freedom of movement. Your saddle is too narrow if the front of the saddle sits high.
How do I measure a saddle gullet?
Measuring the Gullet Measure the gullet by stretching a measuring tape from concho to concho across the front of the saddle, not over the top. Saddles with semi-quarter horse bars usually have gullets of 6 1/2 inches to 6 3/4 inches, while those with full quarter horse bars will feature gullets of 7 inches.
How do you read a saddle serial number?
The next three digits of the serial number stamped on the saddle is a three digit serial number given to that particular saddle as an identifier of that individual saddle. After the three digit serial number, it is followed by four more numbers which is the date of manufacture. This is set out as MM/YY.