#1 – Balance: When on the horse’s back, the center of the saddle (seat area) should be parallel to the ground. #2 – Wither Clearance: Clearance at the withers should be the width of two to three fingers for normal withers; mutton withers will have more clearance while high withers will have less clearance.
How do you tell if your saddle is too small for you?
While you don’t generally see many people riding in saddles that are too large, it’s common to see riders in saddles that are too small. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to fit at least a four-finger width between the end of your seat and the cantle. Any less than that and the saddle is too small.
What is the best saddle for a beginner rider?
Shopping for your first saddle? Here’s what you need to know.
- Henri de Rivel Lumina Close Contact Saddle.
- Collegiate Lectern Dressage Saddle.
- Pessoa Gen X Elita II Saddle.
- Wintec 500 Flocked All Purpose Saddle.
- Bates Caprelli Close Contact+ Saddle CAIR.
Do you buy a saddle to fit the horse or the rider?
As well as fitting the horse, it’s important that the saddle fit the rider. A saddle that is too small will cause discomfort as you bump against the pommel at every stride (believe me, I’ve been there) A saddle that is too large will have you swimming around trying to maintain your position.
Can a saddle be too short for a horse?
A saddle can’t really BE too small for a horse – yes it can look like a pea on a drum, but as long as it is big enough for a rider it matters not.
What size saddle do I need for a 15hh horse?
Scapular to last rib 47cm/18 ¼” when you take off 5cm/2” for shoulder movement, that gives you 42cm /16” very small space for a saddle on a 15hh horse. 16.5” saddle set as far back as it can go without going past the last rib.
Where should a saddle sit on a horse?
- The saddle needs to sit 2-3 fingers behind the shoulderblade and its muscles (see picture below). …
- The saddle must nowhere touch the spinal processes, or the dorsal ligament system. …
- The saddle should not extend over L3 (3rd lumbar vertebra).
How tight should a saddle be?
Do not over tighten the cinch. The tighter you cinch the more pressure YOU create before you even sit in the saddle. The front cinch should be about as tight as your belt; if it’s comfortable for you, then it should be comfortable for the horse. Do not over tighten the cinch to compensate for a saddle that rolls.