Saddle Facts: A lite working saddle will be 40 lbs, a heavy working saddle will be 60-65 lbs.
Most trail saddles are 20-35 lbs. Should have stirrups which move freely forward, a good stiff Cheyenne roll is good to the inexperienced rider, comfortable seat for the rider. Most men have a real close seat bone measurement. Woman, the seat bone measurements vary greatly. Many saddles are made by men and are too wide and rary too much for women. Place saddle on horse, with no pad where it should be. Stand in front of the horse and see if the angle of the gullet of the saddle is the same angle as the horse's withers. There should also be 2" of clearance between the top of whithers and the underside of the gullet when the saddle is sitting level. Then check the back to see if the saddle is gently resting or touching on the horse's back. It can be one half inch off the back in the rear area when cinched. But no more. Now run your fingertips along the bottom of the fleece panel, to make sure it is making contact from front to back.
Next place the flat of your palm against the side of the horse, under the saddle, and see if you can slide your fingertips forward and back, to make sure the saddle is bearing weight along its length.
(For fat and broad horses it is ok to have a bit of clearance in the center of the bars (between front and rear) to allow the back to rise comfortably into contact with tree when at work. You can get the flat of your hand under the bars, then the horse will have room to move up into the bars when in movement. (I mention this to say it is not too much room.)
For a slim or skinny horse the room under the center of the bars needs to be much less.
A saddle that fits well at rest will not make your horse uncomfortable at rest. But when at work can and will sore the back by not allowing the back to rise up fully and then bearing the weight in collection. (Room or rock in the bars needs to be less to allow the back to rise up into full collection at which time it contacts the tree.)
Next stand back and eyeball the saddle. Is it level? (Imagine where the tree is and sight to see if it is level.
A down hill saddle will sore the withers. This is especially true when the gullet is too wide for the horse.
A saddle that is too narrow will slide back and will not function correctly.
Palpate your horse's back after unsaddling. If the back drops, the horse is sore. If he twitches you are only annoying him.
Dry spots are an indication of more pressure in that area than in a wet area. A dry spot is only a problem pressure area if when palpated the horse is sore.
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Due to the nature of the type of products we sell at Joni Lund Equine Services we will not be help responsible for the use or misuse of the products we sell.
Upon receipt of the item you purchased from us, it is your responsibility to thoroughly inspect each item for safety and soundness before use.
(It is your responsibility to check all your tack and saddle equipment BEFORE EACH USE for wear, splits, cracks, tares, over driness, over oiliness, which would make your equipment unsafe to use.)
It is your responsibility to have it repaired or replaced before someone or you use it.
Do not make holes with a nail! This makes for tares and splits. Check rivets (for wearing through the holes, buckle attachments( thin, brittle, cracked, or broken), strings, straps, cinches, stirrups, and check stirrups up over the bars the moving them lower to inspect. Thoroughly check rigging and rigging attachments.
Don't use if thin, torn, or splits/cracks have started.
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