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Measuring English saddles Tiere
Whilst mark to mark measurements of trees differ in size, a narrower size is generally indicated by a point-to-point 4 inch or less reading, a normal size by a point-to-point 4.25 inch reading and a wider size by a point-to-point 4.5 inch or more reading. British pads are pricey, and if you know how to correctly gauge them, you have a much better opportunity to find a used one that suits you and your horses.
One of the greatest mistakes most saddle makers make when it comes to saddle measurements, whether they buy or sell, is to just take the saddle sizing. Although it is correct that saddle height is the only default dimension from one saddle mark to another, you can use the below measurements to determine an English saddle for saddle height, hatch length, and boom width - regardless of the saddle mark.
Place the saddle with the saddle up on a upright. Find the knob of the saddle. It is the elevated, central point on the front of your saddle. Often the nail heads are etched on an English saddle with the saddle's name. Select a nail head and draw a line from the centre of the nail head to the centre of the back of your saddle, the so-called Cantle.
These measures represent the seating sizes and should be taken in half inch increments. Raise the yoke of your saddle (the semi-circle of hide that falls off the pommel) to expose the underwire. Take measurements directly from the centre of the strap to the bottom of the saddle bag to define the length of the cloth.
Place the saddle head down on a bath cloth so that the coat touches the ground and the bottom of the saddle is uncovered. An oesophagus is a stripe of non-padded cowhide that runs through the middle of the saddle. Both sides of the esophagus contain the saddle panel.
Take the gap between the two felt points nearest to the esophagus. It is your "point-to-point" dimension that provides an exact depiction of your English saddle width, regardless of the saddle mark.