What would you do?
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.)
Let's ask a skill testing question today…
A little bit ago a saddle maker who builds on our trees went out to see a new customer. He took one of our trees which he had on hand to try out on this guy's horses.
He sent us eight pictures total...
including some close ups.
He did a nice job on the pictures.
And he didn’t forget the back of the tree, which a lot of people tend not to look at very much.
This horse is obviously a different body type than what this tree was built to fit.
But it isn’t an uncommon body type. In fact, this is a fairly common horse shape in some disciplines.
He also took a saddle built on one of our trees and had the customer saddle up and ride it on his horse.
Fitting specs on this tree were 4 ¼” hand hole width, 90 degree bar angle, 8” gullet height, our regular rock (which fits an R6 on the DL system) and our normal crown.
He wanted to know what we suggested to change from his normal specs to fit this customer's horses. I’ll tell you what we decided in the next blog post. In the meantime, our question to anyone who is interested in answering is the same - “What would you want to do differently to fit this customer’s horses?”