“What size saddle does my horse need?” Many people ask this question so we’ve put together some useful resources to guide your decision.
We suggest looking over the information below to compile your results when considering four main areas: Height/weight, Breed, Gullet Templates, and Conformation.
|Inches||Height (hh)||Medium||Wide||Extra Wide|
|Tennessee Walker||Rocky Mountain||Fjord|
|Missouri Fox Trotter||Andalusian||Friesian|
|Appendix QH||Foundation QH (large)|
Try Our Free Gullet Templates: Downloadable Gullet Templates
Most fit issues are from a saddle that is too tight. Full-QH or Wide trees are becoming more common.
Are there pressure points under the front of the saddle? Check the angle and the width of the bar spread. You may need a wider angle or spread. Check out our Western Saddle Fitting and Tree Sizes page
Saddles often roll side to side due to lack of contact between the horse’s back and the surface of the saddle bars. If the saddle is too tight, it will perch too high on the horse’s back and won’t allow the bars to settle down on the horse to make contact. If the saddle is too wide, the bars flare away from the horse’s back too much and don’t actually make good contact to grip against the horse’s back to prevent rolling.