Fitting a Saddle to a Horse

Adapting a saddle to a horse

Buying a saddle is more than just finding a beautiful looking saddle in your price range. This is a positive development, because badly fitting saddles cause problems for horse and rider. A saddle is not a perfect fit for a horse or a mill, but we have found that it really works for us and our customers!

Adapt a saddle to your horse

From Audrey Pavia, Janice Posnikoff, D.V.M. Saddle Shopper is more than just locating a beautiful looking saddle in your budget. For the horse, an incorrectly seated saddle can lead to back musculature and a correspondingly poor adjustment. This is why when you buy a saddle, put it to the test so that you can be sure it will work.

Following the procedure described in the following paragraphs to find the saddle fitting during this probationary phase, assign an expert horse practitioner to help you find the saddle fitting. The saddle fitting can be difficult, even for the most seasoned rider. In order to find out whether an inch saddle is suitable for your horse, please complete these steps:

Place the saddle on the horse without using a saddle cloth. Pull the seat belt tight so that the saddle is secured tight. Let someone in the saddle with their legs in the stapes. Push your finger with a shallow palm under the knob, near the horse's ankles ( the slope as the collar where it is connected to the back).

You should be able to place your finger between the horse and the saddle. Make sure that you can place at least three finger between the horse's back and the bow under the knob. Let a caregiver raise the horse's front leg and drag it forward with your finger between the tip of the horse's scapula and the knob.

If the horse's shoulders are moving, make sure that the saddle does not interfere with them. Do the same test on the right side of the horse. Get behind the horse and look through the saddle (between the bottom of the saddle and the back of the horse). When the saddle matches, you should see a lighting tube shimmer through it.

The saddle's too tight if you can't see the lights. The saddle should not be too long for the horse. Make sure that the seating surface does not extend beyond the horse's back to the lumbar region. Perform these procedures to ensure that a Westernsattel is seated correctly:

Put the saddle on the horse's back with a saddle cloth about 1 inches thick underneath. If you try to pull the RCA tight, you may find that it is too tight for the horse to run. Don't refuse the saddle just because the RCA is too small. When you really like the saddle and it suits you, you can always buy a longer, spare one.

In the meantime, rent a RCA that suits you so you can keep trying out the saddle. Let a horseman ride with his legs in the saddle stanchions. Make sure that you can place at least three fingertips between the bow of the knob and the horse's front part.

Investigate the width of the saddle beam or framework as it lies on the horse and match it to the form of the horse's back. In a horse with a broad back and lower ankles, the width of the treetop must be high. It should not be too broad on a narrow back with higher ankles.

Put your finger laterally (on a palm of your hand) between the saddle and the horse's shoulders to measure the width of the canopy. However, if the fitting is so close that you cannot push your finger between the saddle and the horse's shoulders, the width of the boom is too large for your horse.

When you can put your whole palm between the saddle and the horse's shoulders, the boom is too tight.

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