Proper position of a western saddle - new page on our website!
We are no longer building saddle trees. We have two saddle fit videos available on our westernsaddlefit.com website. Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, aimed at riders, is available either on DVD or streaming on Vimeo while the six hour series Well Beyond the Basics, aimed more for professionals but understandable by anyone, is available by streaming on Vimeo. (We left this website up because we have had many requests to keep the information available.)
Here is the link to a new page on Proper Position of a Western Saddle which we just put up in the Tree and Saddle Fitting section of our main website. We would love it if riders would understand that it is the shape of the tree matching the shape of the horse that determines where the saddle should sit on the horse, and that saddles will move to that position if they are allowed to do so - if the shapes match at all. It is because of wrong ideas about where a saddle "should sit" - ideas based on rigging position, cinch angle, incorrect information about anatomy and biomechanics, or even just where they like to sit when they ride - that people saddle their horse in the wrong place. They then hold it there with a breast collar to keep it in what they think is the right place - and end up harming their horses by doing so. A lot of "saddle fit problems" would disappear if people would place their saddle in the correct position on the horse, or even if they would just let it move to where it fits best.