Saddle Fitting

Tips for english and western proper saddle fitting for horse and rider.

What you need: wire (a wire hanger would work) paper or cardboard marker or writing utensil   Steps: Bend the wire over the horse's withers The wire will lay 2” behind the horse's shoulder blade. Bend the wire so that it lays over the horse's withers and against the horse's skin. Carefully remove the wire so that you do not bend the shape you had formed. Lay the wire onto the paper or cardboard and trace around the inside of the wire. Please note, depending on the size of your horse, you may need to use two sheets of paper. Once this is complete, you can fax us a copy of...
          To ride effectively, you need to find the correct size English saddle that is going to fit your body correctly. You want to make sure that your saddle allows your core muscles, legs, and arms to balance safely on your horse’s back while performing, training, or on the trail. A saddle that is too small for your body will push you forward and make you off-balance. This results in pulling your heels behind you and making your center of balance fall forward over the pommel. One that is too large allows your body to lean backward and pushes your feet out in front of your hips. Both are...
Eager to try an Australian stock saddle for yourself, but not quite sure how to choose one that fits your horse (and you) perfectly? The following guide to fitting an Australian saddle will help you get it right. Gullet Size Matters As with English and Western saddles, gullet size matters greatly in keeping the weight of the saddle (and rider!) off the horse’s spine. One that’s too wide or too narrow will cause pain and could permanently injure your horse. Luckily, there’s no mystery to measuring the gullet on an Australian saddle; it’s measured the same as the one on the Western or English...
Thanks to their surefootedness and gentle nature, draft horses are becoming more popular as everyday riding horses. Their large size contributes to a smooth feel, and their muscular frames lend them impressive stamina. Many who ride these big beauties prefer the security a draft horse western saddle offers. If you’re among them, you’ll appreciate these tips for selecting a saddle that fits you and your riding partner. Before beginning the process of selecting your draft horse western saddle, be sure that your mount is at least five years old. Unlike some other horses who develop at a younger...
It’s always exciting to get a new “ride,” but inevitably, the question of “What size western saddle do I need?” arises. You might already know that all western saddles come with a specific seat size, measured in inches. In general, the following western saddle size rules apply: Youth – 12” to 13” (Be sure to see our guide to fitting kids’ western saddles if looking for a child’s size) Small adult – 14” Average adult – 15” Large adult – 16” Extra large adult – 17” Very large or tall – 18” to 20” If you fit somewhere between sizes, you will probably find that you are able to...
Proper saddle fit leads to a balanced, safe ride for you, and it lets your horse work comfortably. If your horse pins his ears, flings his head, and wrings his tail while you’re on his back, or if he tries to bite you or the saddle while you’re tacking up, it’s extremely likely that the saddle you’re using fits poorly and causes pain. This is dangerous – and probably uncomfortable – for you, and it can permanently damage your horse’s back. Lastly, there’s no way a horse wearing an ill-fitting saddle is able to do his best on the trail or in the show ring. Look for these six signs that your...
When entering the equestrian world, the most expensive investment besides the actual horse is the saddle. Being that a saddle is a very important and expensive investment it is crucial to research and choose the best saddle suited for your horse and your needs.   Choosing the right western saddle can seem like an overwhelming challenge but there are some elements to consider that can narrow your view when making this decision.   Know what style you’re looking for   Depending on what kind of sport you and your horse are engaging in will generally dictate the type of saddle you buy. Different...
When looking into the right saddle for you and your horse a gaited saddle might come up on the list. A gaited saddle is meant to allow more freedom in a horses shoulders to allow a high stepping motion that is a common attribute that “gaited” breeds are known for.   Gaited horse breeds are those who are bred and trained not to trot. If you are looking into a gaited horse breed or already have one then a gaited saddle would be the perfect style for their types of movements. You should, however, consider these factors when choosing a gaited saddle.   What are the gaited breeds?   There are...
          For many people, there is simply no better way to spend their time than riding a horse.  Whether it's enjoying a slow ride through open fields or a more spirited ride through the woods, there is always a special bond between a horse and its owner. However, to make the ride as comfortable as possible for both horse and rider, a great saddle is a must. If you've been looking around and just can't seem to find the saddle you want, let us here at SaddleOnline.com help you find exactly what you need. Discount Western Saddles           Here at SaddleOnline.com, we specialize in discount...
          There's nothing like riding on horseback, head and shoulders above the rest of the world, with a graceful animal beneath you. When you want to make most of that ride, western saddles can take you there in comfort. Featuring a deep seat, stirrups that are broad, and a high pommel, you can rest assured that you will be settled in as you hit the trails. Whether you are galloping across a field or ambling by the side of the road, you'll want to see all of your options and review a host of western saddles for sale to find the right fit for you! A Saddle for Every Occasion:          ...

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