Saddle Fitting

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

                Buying a saddle can be tuff and frustrating at times. Figuring out how to buy the right saddle, and what to look for, can be tricky for a first time rider or a less experienced rider. With all the different types, models, and sizes within the saddle world, it can get a little overwhelming when trying to purchase the perfect saddle for both you and your horse.  But fear no more! With these ten easy questions, you will be buying saddles like a pro!                1.   What is your budget?                 It is always good to set a nice price budget when looking into purchasing...
     Shopping for saddles is hard enough with out having to deal with size.  When it comes down to it the Australian Stock saddle has a size system that in far different than that of western or English saddles.  Here are some helpful hits on how to obtain the perfect fit in an Australian stock saddle. Know how the Aussie saddle is measured.     The Aussie saddle is measured from the front of the pommel(front of saddle) to the very top center of the cantle(back of the seat).  This measurement in inches is the size of the saddle.    2.  With the http://www.saddleonline.com/Australian-...
English saddles are made to allow close contact between the rider’s seat and legs with the horse’s back and sides. The smaller, dipped seat, thin flaps, and free-standing stirrup leathers permit the equestrian to feel the movements horse’s shoulder, back, barrel, and rump muscles, and provide both rider and mount a means of unfettered communication. Making sure that your English saddle correctly fits your horse ensures that your animal stays pain-free from sore back muscles and pressure sores, and allows for both of you to have safe, fun rides. The best way to determine if your saddle fits...
How to Fit a Western Saddle Finding a saddle that correctly fits your horse is as important as finding one that correctly fits you. An ill-fitting saddle – one that is too large or too small – causes pain and discomfort that can make your mount ill-tempered and dangerous to ride. Halter your horse and place her in cross-ties or tie the lead rope to a something stable so she can’t move away. Place an old sheet on her back so that you don’t get the saddle dirty. Don’t try fitting a saddle over pads or blankets because that will not give you a true idea if the saddle is right for your horse....
Sit on a hard, wooden chair much as you would a saddle. Keep your back straight and your rear end away from the chair back, with your ears, shoulders, hips and heels in a straight line from top to bottom. Make a mark directly in front of your crotch and directly behind your bottom and measure that distance. That should give you an approximate size of how your body is going to fit in a saddle when you go to your local tack store or look online. Once you get to the tack store, sit in individual saddles as if you were on your horse to determine if they fit and if they are comfortable. A well-...
An improperly fitting saddle can be very uncomfortable to ride in. It can also negatively affect your riding position because it is difficult to sit properly in a seat that is too small or too large for you. Once you know your ideal saddle seat size, it is fairly easy to find a saddle that will fit you properly, regardless of your preferences in saddle type and style. English, Western and Australian saddle seats are measured in inches, though they are sized differently due to the shape of the seats. The most effective way to figure out what size saddle you need is to try sitting and riding...

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