Check out these important tips on how to avoid saddle fitting issues and skin irritations caused by improper girthing.
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Optimizing Channel/Gullet Width
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Schleese Saddlery will describe exactly "What Happens in a Schleese Saddlery Saddle Fit Session" to prepare you for your personal saddle fit evaluation.
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This month Jochen talks about Saddle Fit and the Developing Horse.?
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A saddle which may seemingly fit perfectly when the horse is standing still in the crossties may begin to shift when the horse begins to move.
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The tree width should be wide enough for the saddle to fit when the horse is in movement.
Saddle Tree/Shoulder Angle: The panel tree points should be parallel to the shoulder angle to position saddle properly.
A saddle should not fall off to one side when viewed from the front or back. Tree points should be positioned behind both scapuale (shoulder blades).
A horse's shoulder and loin area should never carry any weight of a rider. Rider weight should be carried on the saddle support area only and never extending past the last supporting rib or sliding up on to the horse's shoulder.
The saddle's billets should hang perpendicular to the ground so that the girth is not angled (forwardwards or backwards) and is allowed to be positioned properly. The girth will always find its natural position at the narrowest point behind the elbow.
The panel should touch the horse's back evenly all the way from front to back. Some panels may be off the back end to allow the back to come up during engagement.
Clearance at the withers should be 2-3 fingers for normal withers, mutton withers will have more clearance, and high withers will have less clearance. Clearance should be all around, not just at the top.