proper western saddle placement

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  1. foureyed_dragon

    foureyed_dragon Senior Member+

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    Anybody care to share pictures?

    I had several people comment that the circle y I was trying was too far back. However, according to these pictures I think I had set correctly: http://www.horsesaddleshop.com/saddle-fitting-guide.html

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    t was behind her shoulder blade...

    Or am I interpreting something wrong?
     






  2. GallopingGrape

    GallopingGrape Senior Member+

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    It looks like its exactly where it should be.
     
  3. foureyed_dragon

    foureyed_dragon Senior Member+

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    Well...then if its exactly where it should be I may have found a saddle that fits. :)
     
  4. biancaduplain

    biancaduplain Senior Member

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    congrats on the ''maybe'' new saddle. you now need a western briddle !
     
  5. endurgirl

    endurgirl Senior Member+

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    I think the too small pad gives the illusion of an ill placed saddle.

    ETA: Well, now that I look at it again, it does seem to be a tad too far back....
     
  6. singtohorses

    singtohorses Full Member

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    I'd move it up a tad.
     
  7. JStorry

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    I agree, it does look too far back.
     
  8. Jewel

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    *****This is how to fit a western saddle. Put the saddle on your horse without a pad...place your hand under your saddle with your palm side up to the sky and knuckle side to your horses back feeling under the saddle fleece...as you feel along the under side of the saddle you will feel the bumps that are the bottom side of the pommel.....you want these bumps to fit in the cups behind your horses shoulder....... and as your horse moves forward at a walk you want these bumps on the underside of the saddle to be behind the shoulder enough that you don't feel the saddle pinch your horse at the withers....this is all done with the saddle really lightly cinched for safety and a handler at the front of your horse....now when you put the pad on your horse and the saddle in place lightly cinched.... you want to feel for the same under side bumps of the saddle to fit again into the cups of your horses shoulder again.....the pommel should clear the withers by 3" or so when cinched up and mounted...then you will know you have the propper placement for this saddle on this horse....take care, Cindy - Just 4 Show Saddlery.com
     






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