The horse saddle is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can buy.  There are leather saddles, suede saddles, or synthetic saddles.

Saddle

The horse saddle you choose should fit your horse and your body comfortably. It should fit the horse snuggly across the withers, shoulders, and back without digging in. Horse or Pony Saddles should also stay firmly in place, never slipping backward or forward on the horse. The saddle should also fit your body. A saddle that is too large will make it hard to maintain proper form, while a saddle that is too small can be uncomfortable.

A Horse saddle that fits well will improve the way your horse will work, and make him more willing. It won't interfere with his natural movement and most importantly, it will evenly distribute the rider's weight.

If you are in any doubt as too whether a horse saddle fits correctly you should always seek advice from a qualified saddler, an ill fitting can cause your horse severe pain which in turn could lead to a change in behaviour.

This guide is designed to assist you in checking to see if a saddle you currently have or are looking to purchase will potentially fit your horse, it is only a guide and does not replace the need to have a qualified saddler check that the fit is 100% correct.

1 - Remove any numnahs, saddle pads or saddle cloths, a saddle should never be fitted with anything underneath it. Your horse needs to be tied up on a flat surface then place the saddle slightly up on your horses neck then slide it backwards so the horse saddle sits just behind the shoulder blade. Generally the shoulder blade feels like a large lump underneath the withers. Do not attach the girth

2 - If you view the saddle from behind or in front you should clearly be able to see daylight through the gullet and you should be able to insert 3-4 fingers under the pommel the arch at the front of the saddle. View the saddle from the side and the seat area should be horizontal and from the front the saddle should sit snugly around the shoulders.

3 - To check the seat size is not to long for the horse the panel of the saddle should not sit beyond the 18th rib.

4 - If all the above are correct the girth should then attached and done up and the horse ridden, whilst being ridden check the saddle does not move sideways, in trot the saddle should be checked to ensure it does not move upwards or sideways.

5 - Finally remove the saddle from the horse and check the saddle area for any scuff or sweat marks as this will show if the saddle has moved or slipped.

How do I measure a saddle I currently to have to see the size I need for a new saddle?

We would recommend you using a saddle fitter but the below gives you an idea on how to measure the saddle.

1 - From the top of the knee roll on your saddle measure down approx 1 ½”, this point is known as the tree point and should be the first part of the saddle that comes into contact with your horse or pony.

2 - Measure from the above point, the gap in the saddle to the same point on the other side this then gives you a tree point to point measurement.

You can also measure a saddle from D ring to D ring (from where the D ring is attached to the saddle) but this is not advisable as it does not give an accurate measurement.

Horse Pony Saddle Sizes Medium Wide -

The tree point to point exc padding under the saddle = 8” approx

D ring point to D ring point 7”

Extra Wide -

Tree point to point exc padding under the saddle = 10.5” approx

D ring point to D ring point 9”