This process applies for ponies and horses, all shapes and sizes.
Pony standing on flat ground ready for a saddle fitting Finding the position of the scapula
Clearly identifying the back of the scapula and the base Once the measure position has been identified you can
base of the trapezius muscle place the gullet measurement tool in to place
Gullet measurement tool firmly placed on the pony's Saddle measurement tool showing the height profile
back in a vertical position on the pony
Showing the point of the shoulder Find the back rib and from here you can check the
length of saddle that is suitable for the pony
Move back two ribs and this will give you the approx. When positioning the saddle you must always use two
position of the Thorasic spine ending and the start of the hands, your right hand on the pommel pushing down on
lumbar part of the spine the saddle and your left hand pushing the saddle back so
that you clear the horse's scapula
You will be surprised how easily the saddle will position Once in position you should be able to place your fingers
itself for freedom of the horse's shoulder behind the scapula and in front of the saddle
Clearance over the spine is crucial. You need three finger clearance or 4 to 5 cm from the base of the saddle channel to the top of the horse's spine. For dressage saddles you do not need quite as much clearance as there is less downwards impact pressure from the rider.
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