Although you probably know the size of your saddle, how do you measure it? These are some guidelines to help you measure the size of your saddle's seat. The width your sit bone is measured from the point where your knees meet to the point between your buttocks. Your riding style and build may affect the size of your saddle seat. To find out how large your saddle seat is, try it on with a slightly larger saddle than your usual size. Then measure the width of your sit bone.
It is important to examine your horse's conformation in order to measure its saddle size. If your horse has a narrow wither, you may need to add additional padding behind the saddle bars. You can also place a shoulder pad pad behind the saddle bars. A medium-sized tree should be sufficient for horses of average height. A wide-tree saddle is best for a narrow-withered horse. It should be no more than two fingers between the cantle & the horse's withers.
To measure your English saddle's width, you can place your hand in the panel between the pommel and the saddle skirt. Measure the distance between your nailhead (or the center of the saddle cantle) and the saddle's width. This measurement should be in half-inch increments. A wider saddle will be an Extra Wide/XW saddle. You may need to adjust the width of your fist. It will be much simpler to buy the right saddle once you have determined the right measurement.
Consider your horse's size and riding style when choosing a saddle. A shallow saddle will work well for a small, tall rider. A deep saddle will work well for a tall, heavy adult. Saddle size charts are not exact, but they can help you double-check your measurements. They will not tell how big or small your sit bone size is, so make sure to get measurements from at least two people.
You can use a wire measuring tool to accurately gauge the saddle size of a horse. The measuring tool is made of a 16-inch-long piece of stiff wire that can be molded to your horse's shape and retain its shape when removed. It is best to use wire that has been soldered or coated. Its eight-inch-long point can help you accurately measure
a horse's wither size. The wire should contact the horse's skin and be flat and parallel to the saddle's back.
When measuring your saddle make sure you include the cantle size and the seat size. The finished saddle seat size is smaller than the tree seat size. It depends on the type of saddle you're getting and the manufacturer. A slick saddle seat will be three to five inches less than a full-padded saddle. If your seat is larger, you might consider buying a saddle that has a longer fender.
You can also measure your gullet size. This is a crucial component of an English saddle. The gullet is the part below the fork that rests on the . The saddle size is determined by the gullet's width and angle. The proper height of the gullet is between two and four fingers above your saddle fork. You can also measure your horse's gullet by placing a flexible wire on top of the horse's legs. The wire should bend into an arch shape.