- 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 What size saddle do I need for a 15hh horse?
- 4 Where should a saddle sit on a horse?
- 5 Where should a cinch sit on a horse?
- 6 Can any saddle fit any horse?
- 7 How tight should a saddle be?
- 8 What happens if your saddle is too wide?
- 9 How do I know if my saddle is too small?
- 10 Can a saddle make a horse lame?
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.
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.
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.
What happens if your saddle is too wide?
When a saddle is too wide in the front, it can sink down over the withers. This takes the saddle out of balance by making the pommel lower than the cantle, which in turn carries more pressure over the front of the tree (at the withers/shoulders) than a saddle with a properly sized tree.
How do I know if my saddle is too small?
While you don’t generally see many people riding in saddles that are too large, it’s common to see riders in saddles that are too small. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to fit at least a four-finger width between the end of your seat and the cantle. Any less than that and the saddle is too small.
Can a saddle make a horse lame?
An improperly fit saddle can also put the rider in an unbalanced position, which can cause movement problems and lameness. For example, a saddle that pitches the rider backward will eventually cause back problems, which will change the hind end stance.