Fitting a Saddle to suit you and your Horse
"We want you to have a saddle that fits you and your horse well."
FIRST PRIORITY IS A SADDLE TREE TO FIT YOUR HORSE.
We offer five basic styles of saddle tree:
Thoroughbred Tree - for high withered, narrow shouldered, or young horses.
Stock Horse Tree - will fit a big range of stock horses.
Semi Quarter Horse Tree - for stock horse / quarter horse cross.
Quarter Horse Tree - for heavy set, low withered horses.
Full Quarter Horse Tree - for extreme quarter horse styles of horses.
To choose a saddle tree for a particular horse or particular breed of horse, a template of the horse's wither is a great help. Take a piece of soft fencing wire and run it up the shoulder and over the wither. Trace the shape out on some paper.
Photos of your horse side on and from the rear looking down along the back from a raised position will assist us in choosing the best tree option. A photo taken while the wither tracing is being done is also useful.
For more information about saddle trees view Saddle Materials.
"We recommend that you choose a tree to fit your widest
horse because you can always pad up but not down."
We measure the saddle size by measuring the bare tree from the back of the pommel to the inside top of the cantle. Saddle sizes are in increments of 1/2 inches.
HOW TO ADAPT ONE SADDLE TO SUIT A WIDE RANGE OF HORSES:
Placing heavy pads under the saddle changes the shape of the horse so we need to consider if they are necessary for each individual horse.
We recommend using a light saddle cloth to gauge the fit of the saddle. If the saddle fits well, leave it at that.
Comfort and fit for the horse is about saddle shape, not about softness.
Use a pad if necessary to fill the horse out. If there is not enough clearance for the wither use a pad with a cutaway chamber. (See the Koda felt saddle pad with leather chambers, Code SB05, on our Saddle Blankets page.)
Neoprene pads (See Neoprene saddle range, on our Saddle Blankets page.) are also great for this purpose as they have less padding along the gullet and chambers.
Mark Langley, Glen Innes, NSW
Western Drafter Saddle
Mark and his daughter Ebony with Mark's Kent Saddle
“Extremely durable, versatile and safe”
“Its essential for my work as a horse trainer to have a good saddle. When I started off I looked for a fender saddle that was strong, comfortable and reliable, with a deep close fit to my horse. Eight years on I am still happy with my Kent saddle.
I’ve found that the saddle is extremely durable, versatile and safe. It is in use 6-7 days a week, 10 hours a day. It’s been rolled on (several times!) and stepped on, and the tree is still fine. It’s been on the whole range of horses from ponies to Clydesdales, Arabs, Stock horses, Lippizzaners, Quarter horses and Kimberley Brumbies that were sent to the UAE. I use the Koda pad with chamber which lets me put the saddle on high withered horses.
My saddle has never given a horse a sore back, and it sits well on young horses. I feel safe and close and deep with it, and yet it’s still a free saddle to get up and over your horse when it comes to fast work. The fenders on stirrup bars are easy to take off when I rub the saddle over a young horse. For horses that drop their heads I’ve felt much safer in this saddle than my old saddle. I can recommend the saddle to anyone who wants a good,
comfortable, tough all round stock saddle.
Every time we have ordered through Kent Saddlery the service has been friendly and helpful; the deliveries are always prompt. We couldn’t have asked for a better saddle and follow up company to deal with.”
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