Proper position of a western saddle - new page on our website!

Posted by RodandDenise on May 29, 2012

We are no longer building saddle trees, but we have two videos about how Western saddles fit horses available on our website.


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 - and if they aren't put so far out of position that they can't move back.  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 the person likes 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.


Posted by Ashley on
Just read the new page and think you put a lot of great information in there. Thank you both for the great work that you do and building trees and trying to inform the public and what makes a great tree great.
Posted by RodandDenise on
Thanks Ashley. This idea of the correct position of the saddle needs to become better known amoung riders since so many now don't have the basic knowledge that was common when horses were a part of everyday life. Now people read what is on the internet for advice and most of it is just wrong when it comes to Western saddles. Hopefully those of us who build trees and saddles will eventually have a voice in explaining the "actual facts" to the public.

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