How to fit a saddle to a horse

How to fit a saddle to a horse

How do you tell if your saddle doesn’t fit your horse?

Physical Signs

Swelling along the back, saddle sores, girth galls etc are all tell-tale signs of poor saddle fit. After riding and removing the saddle, uneven sweat patterns under the saddle pad can indicate an issue with saddle fit. These come about when the saddle is making uneven contact with your horse’s back.

What size saddle do I need?

Measuring your Saddle Seat SizeYour MeasurementYour Saddle SizeLess than 16.5″15″ saddleBetween 16.5″ and 18.5″16″ saddleBetween 18.5″ and 20″16.5″ saddleBetween 20″ and 21.5″17″ saddle

What happens if a 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 tight should a saddle cinch be?

Cinch Checkpoints

You should be able to put one index finger under the cinch to your finger’s first joint. If you can reach in at the back of the cinch more than that, it’s probably too loose. If you can’t fit a finger in at all, it may be too tight.

What width saddle do I need?

Scientists have measured sit bone spacing for large populations. On average, men’s sit bone width ranges between 100mm – 140mm (give or take a few mm to round), and women’s range between 110mm – 150mm.

Are Corriente saddles any good?

I heard many great reviews on Corriente Saddles and decided to invest my money into one. I will say it’s by far one of the BEST investments I’ve made. The saddle is super comfortable and fits not only me, but pretty much any horse I put it on.

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How long can you leave a saddle on a horse?

There’s not really a definite answer, but in general I would say, don’t leave the saddle on longer than needed to get the job done. Left on too long the saddle and girth can cause rub marks and sores. Even in cool weather the horse is going to sweat under the saddle and girth just for lack of air movement.

Can a saddle be too short for a horse?

Regardless of the horses back length the rider still needs the same space in which to sit on the saddle and the same weight has to be distributed, so obviously the saddle seat cannot be shortened as the rider will not fit and therefore the conclusion until now has been to shorten the panel and in doing so increasing …

What is the best saddle for a short backed horse?

Pegasus saddles are particularly suited for horses with short backs! While wonderful for all horses, the short panels of Pegasus saddles keep the rider’s weight off of the horse’s back end, making it easier for your horse to move.

Harold Plumb

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