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January 28, 2022 4:39 pm
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How To Measure A Western Saddle Bars

With the saddle positioned correctly, the bars of the tree behind the shoulder blades of the horse, evaluate the following points: First, sit in the middle of the pocket with your stirrups adjusted correctly.

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A narrow gullet width will keep the saddle perched higher.

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How to measure a western saddle bars. First, there is no place you can physically measure what we mark out. This saddle has a 16 inch seat. The bars are designed to distribute the load vector or rider's weight evenly over the entire length of the bar.

When sizing a western saddle, you should be able to stand up in the stirrups and have 2 inches (5.08 cm) to 4 inches (10.16 cm) between your bottom and the seat of the saddle. The channel serves to prevent pressure from being directly applied to the horse's backbone. Second, the angle marked on the back of the fork does not make a consistent fit due to other angles in the tree.

The bar angle is designed to correspond to the slope of the “saddle pocket” on a horse located below the withers and back of. Weight we have found the best solution to be setting the saddle on a stool which can stand on a weight scale, then subract the weight of the stool to find the weight of your saddle. Place your tape ever so slightly below that joint on the inside of the gullet on the fleece and measure across to the other side in the same place.

Bar angle and gullet widths. Measure the gullet by stretching a measuring tape from concho to concho across the front of the saddle, not over the top. This is the most common factor because we can measure it more easily.

A western saddle is measured from the center points in the midst of the saddle. There should be approximately four inches between the front of your body and the fork (or swells) 3. We have two saddle fit videos available on our westernsaddlefit.com website.

And third, the marking and shaping of the bars makes it all redundant anyway. If the saddle is bridging, the result is all the load vector is transferred to four points at the ends of the bars. The bars, as they run along the back of the horse are separated at the top by a channel.

Make sure the distance between you and the swell fork of the saddle is about 4 inches. When measuring, make sure you’re underneath the bars, not in front of the saddle. When it comes to measuring a western saddle seat size, simply measure from the base of the horn to the edge of the cantle.

Once a saddle is finished, there is really no way to determine the gullet width. Whether the saddle has a rounded or square skirt, long or short, the skirts should contour well along the horse's back. Western saddles come from 12 to 17 inches.

The height and width of the gullet are measured in inches. (we left this website up because we have had many requests to. He wants the saddle skirt to fit close to the horse's back.

You want to look at how much space you have between your thigh and the edge of the swells. The gullet measurement is only 10% of the information you need to determine if a saddle might fit. A wider spread will drop further down on the horse’s back.

With the saddle on without any pad, you should be able to assess the bars. Keep in mind that western saddle seat size refers to rider fit and has nothing to do with how the saddle fits the horse. To measure the skirt length, use a tape measure and stretch it from the complete back to the complete front of the skirt.

When measuring a western saddle's seat, don't make the common mistake of touching the tape measure or ruler to the saddle pommel to get the seat measurement. How to properly measure a saddle gullet on a completed saddle: When a saddle bridges only the ends of the tree bars have contact with the horse's back.

The bars of the western saddle tree. General rules of thumb for proper western saddle seat size for the rider: The bars of the tree should lay completely flat on the back without any rocking, says oliver.

An english saddle is measured from the middle of the cantle. Other factors to take into consideration on a tree is the angle of the bars, the rock of the bars, and flare. When all else fails, the best and easiest way to determine western saddle tree sizes is to contact the manufacturer of the saddle and asking them.

How to measure an english saddle? Standard measurements for gullets described in horseman’s handbook of western saddles are: The bar angle is the defining element of the tree as to saddle fit with swell gullet width, twist, rock, flare, crown, relief, length, pattern and channel as secondary elements.

Measuring the seat of a western saddle. Levelness of saddle step back and look at the saddle on the horse’s back to make sure it is level. If you're unsure of the type of bars your saddle has no problem, just sit it on your horse with the saddle pad you're using (making sure it's the right on to suit your saddle & horse) then once it's in the position you think is correct sway it back and forth a little so it finds its own spot ( this will happen anyway as you ride so you need to get it to that place to start with)

The above image demonstrates how the bars flare out to accommodate with width of the horse’s back. Peek between the skirts in the front and find the connection between the top of the saddle bars where they connect to the pommel. The two most critical measurements on a western saddle is the gullet width and the bars.

Remember, a good way to figure your western saddle seat size is to take your english saddle seat size and subtract 2″. Here’s how to measure a western saddle seat to make sure it fits you.

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