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Fitting a Saddle

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Every saddle should fit regardless of your discipline.  At Custom Saddlery our wide range of styles are designed to accommodate the countless horse and rider combinations.  In this section we will guide you step-by-step through the fitting process.  Click here to watch our Fitting Video.

The goal of these measurements is to determine the shape of what size gusset we will need to make.  This will ensure that the saddle fits and is properly balanced on your horse's back.

Tools needed: flex-curve or curves around 24" long (either with our fit kit or available at any art or office supply), along with a file folder (works well) or large craft paper.  If you desire a fit kit, they are available, simply email us a request for Fit Kit and make sure to include your mailing address. Before starting, be sure your horse is on level ground in cross ties or with a friend holding your horse with a lead line.

Tracing 1

Fitting Your Saddle

Step 1

Find the rearward end of your horse's shoulder about three fingers behind their shoulder.

Step 2

Make a line at this point by using your hand to make a line on their coat (dipping your fingers in water will help make your line)
This is the point where the saddle tree fits over your horse's withers.

Final tracing

Step 3

Make your first tracing (wither) at that mark being sure that your horse is square with his head erect and up.  Mold the flex-curve to the shape of  the horse's withers being sure it fits snug on both sides. You can test the shape by picking up the flex-curve and placing it back down. Gently remove flex-curve and lay it on your tracing paper and trace the underside onto the paper.        
This determines the shape of your tree.

Step 4

Next is the spine/top line tracing. Important: Starting at the point where you took the wither tracing (Step 1), lay the flex-curve on your horse's spine molding it to its shape.  Gently remove and trace the underside of the flex-curve.  Try to include as much as possible.         
This determines the size of the saddle gusset which 
allows proper balance on you horse.