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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr. 13, 2006

    Default Horse/Rider fitting question

    Maybe more for the saddle fitters, however all insight is welcome....

    If the barrel of the horse is considered when fitting a saddle and there are measurement techniques to determine size, is anyone using these measurements to fit him or herself to the horse?

    I'm figuring barrel dimensions are as important to the rider as they are to the saddle.

    Yes, no?

    Medical Mike
    equestrian medical researcher

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan. 4, 2007


    I am 4'11" and have a 27" inseam.
    Riding a horse that is large across where the saddle goes makes my short thighs stick out and hard to let my legs hang down properly, not stick out forward in a chair seat.

    I prefer to ride horses that are narrow across, feel like I am riding a fat hippo with the thicker built horses.

    I guess that if you are tall and long leggity, you can adjust easier to more horses.

    Then, the pelvic shape of women tends to be a bit wider and permit them to straddle a thicker horse easier than a man would, other considerations being equal.

    I don't remember just now which books have been touching on all this.
    Maybe someone else can guide you to those?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct. 16, 2008
    Central Oklahoma


    There are correlations but they are in essence two different things, the tree and the seat.

    The tree fits the horse (the tracing is used to determine the tree). So you got tree that is different width, or different slope, among others variables.

    The seat fits the rider. Its construction should comform to the rider's anatomy (such as how rapid a rise it should have, how wide the twist should be, where to place stirrup bar, etc, among others).

    A saddle is a fusion of these two, with tree at the bottom for the horse comfort, and the seat on the top for the rider comfort.

    A very wide horse, hence very wide tree, often force wider seat than a narrow horse may require, but, it is like saying all stock prices should rise and fall in sync with Dow Jones (after all, Dow Jones is the average of the major stocks), when in reality, even though they interact with each other, you will some stocks can move in opposite of Dow Jones.

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