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.)
Saddle Fit Blog Post Links
Here are some links to blog posts written specifically about crucial matters regarding saddle fit. I thought putting the most important ones in one place would help people who were looking for information specifically on saddle fit. Enjoy!!
Position - why it is so important
Position - seeing the shoulder blade
Position - seeing the shoulder blade under saddle part one
Position - seeing the shoulder blade under saddle part two
You're saddling your horse wrong!
Evaluating a horse's back for saddle fit part one
Evaluating a horse's back for saddle fit part two
Evaluating a horse's back for saddle fit part three
How much pressure is too much?
False "saddle fit rules" regarding the shoulder blades
Can the loin of the horse carry weight?
Of sagging backs and tickling tummies
Effect of weight on the horse's back part 1
Effect of weight on the horse's back part 2
Yup, riding a horse does make his back extend
Saddle fit - Western compared to English part 1
Saddle fit - Western compared to English part 2
Saddle fit - Western compared to English part 3
The problem with too-short bars
What do Quarter Horse, Full Quarter Horse and Semi-Quarter Horse bars mean?
Arizona bars - and why we won't make them
Padding doesn't fix mismatched angles
Of saddle fit, shoulder blades and "flare"
Why does my saddle lift up at the back? part one
Why does my saddle lift up at the back? part two
Why does my saddle lift up at the back? part three
Wither conformation - variations on normal
Wither conformation - seeing the damage
Rethinking saddle fit and shoulder blade movement
Flat on round and round on flat - a paradox
The effect of the rider part one
The effect of the rider part two
Center of pressure under a saddle
Myth Busting - Cranial nerve 11 and saddle fit
Myth Busting - You're sitting on his kidneys!