Not Having Your Horse's Saddle Correctly Positioned
The chances are you have fallen off your horse more than a few times. Many times it can be accredited to the fact that you did not have your saddle correctly positioned and set up in the first place. When you are riding it is the saddle that connects you to the horse so it's hugely important that if fits not only your horse will also the person who was riding it.
We often think we know the basics of fitting saddle to the horse, such as that it can’t be too narrow or twitched their horse’s spine, but generally speaking that is where the majority of our education in this regard ends. So with this article we aim to reveal the very best methods for fitting saddle to your horse.
The first thing you should look for when evaluating the fit of horse’s saddle is the actual seat size of the saddle itself. People often overlook this one critical matter, instead of falling into the trap of the saddle’s look and feel over its design and dimensions.
Some people even go to the bother of making sure that the saddle does indeed fit the horse, but then forget to measure that it also fits themselves. In this regard when you are looking at some of the saddles for sale online, you should keep in mind that when you sit on the saddle it should not sit out too far behind you nor should it stick out too far in front. Ideally you want to be completely balanced between the front and back of the saddle when you ride your horse.
A good way to do this is to make sure that you are sitting in the deepest part of the seat, and if you can comfortably fit in the palm of your hand on the saddle behind your bum then you know that you have chosen the correctly sized saddle for your needs. If this size is a little bit smaller such as approximately four fingers wide, don’t worry too much since this is perfectly acceptable.
If you are a type of rider who likes to lean back a little in your cease when you make jumps with the horse then perhaps you will need slightly more space in the saddle behind you. Also, different saddle brands come in different sizes so you will need to check with their horse saddle’s manufacturer to see how they compare to others in this regard.
Now that you know the importance of choosing a saddle that fits both you and your horse you will need to learn how to actually measure the saddle’s length itself. To do this, simply take the measuring tape or ruler and measure from the back of the seat to the front. Most will measure between 16 to 19 inches in length, giving you the overall length of the saddle itself.
The tree of the saddle refers to the horizontal part which crosses your horse is back, almost from shoulder to shoulder if you want to imagine it like that. This is a little bit more difficult to measure once the saddle has been created, but a good habit to keep in place is that your fist should be able to fit into this area between your horse and the saddle itself at all times. Since you don’t want this area to be pinching your horse, always keep as much space free in this area as possible. Since this is a difficult area to measure yourself, a lot of the times the manufacturer will actually print these measurements somewhere on the saddle, so look for any imprinted writing that may define these measurements.
But how would you know if your saddle fits even after this advice? Well, besides looking for the obvious signs like the saddle not fitting your horse, you should also keep an eye out for the saddle moving a loss on the horse’s back. You may notice this in particular when you sit forward on your horse and the saddle seems to sit up at the back. You could almost say that this feeling feels like the saddle is popping you in the butt as you ride. This is almost always as a result of the tree size that we spoke about earlier and is a clear sign that something is not right with the saddle size itself.