|Every saddle should fit regardless of your discipline. In this section, we'll guide you step-by-step through the fitting process. |
The goal of these measurements is to determine the shape of your tree and what size gusset you will need. This will ensure that the saddle fits and is properly balanced on your horse's back.
Tools Needed: flexicurve or curvex (around 24" in length) available at an art or office supply store., pen, one large piece of paper (file folders work well). Before starting place your horse on level ground in cross ties or with a friend holding your horse with a lead rope.
|Step 1 |
Find the rearward end of the horse's shoulder. About 2 1/2" (three fingers) behind their shoulder.
|Step 2 |
Make a line at this point by using your hand to make a mark in their coat (or by dipping your fingers in water and making a line).
|This is the point where the saddle tree points fit over your horse.|
|Step 3 |
Make your first tracing (wither) at this mark being sure that your horse is square with his head straight and up. Mold the flexicurve to the shape of the horse's withers being sure it sits snug on both sides.
|Step 4 |
You can test the shape by gently picking up the flexicurve by the highest point and placing it back down, if it settles right in you have a good tracing. Gently remove the flexicurve (from the highest point), lay it on a piece of paper and trace the underside onto the drawing paper. (Sketch A)
|This determines the shape of your tree|
|Step 5 |
|Next is the spine / top-line tracing. Important: Starting at the point where you took the wither tracing (Step 1), lay the flexicurve on your horse's spine, molding it to it's shape. Gently remove and trace the underside of the flexicurve. The tracing should be Orientated on the paper as shown in Sketch B, or on a diagonal. Try to include as much as possible.|
|This determines the size of the saddles gusset which will allow the saddle to be properly balanced on your horse.|
Sketch C illustrates how your tracings should be orientated on your drawing paper.