How wide should a saddle channel be?

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How wide should a saddle channel be?

Channel Width The gullet must be wide enough not to interfere with the spinal processes or musculature of the horse’s back (3-5 fingers), all the way from front to back. Many very old saddles have a channel that is far too narrow especially towards the back.

What is considered a wide gullet on a saddle?

Gullet Size Any gullet that measures larger than 7 inches is considered to be wide. An extra-wide gullet is going to measure 8 inches or more and is commonly found only in saddles designed to fit draft horses or draft horse crosses.

What is a wide gullet?

A wider gullet protects your horse’s spine. And a gullet that is of a consistent width protects the length of your horse’s back. After all, your horse’s back does not get narrower as it moves toward the tail, so neither should your saddle gullet.

What happens if a saddle is too wide?

When a saddle is too wide in the front, it can sink down over the withers. This takes the saddle out of balance by making the pommel lower than the cantle, which in turn carries more pressure over the front of the tree (at the withers/shoulders) than a saddle with a properly sized tree.

How can you tell if a saddle is too wide?

The saddle that is too wide is not such a common occurrence but nevertheless is to be avoided. If the pommel sits down lower than two fingers height from the withers, the saddle will more than likely be tipped forward out of balance.

How wide should a saddle gullet be?

A standard gullet measures 7 inches and is the most common measurement found in saddles described as having “full quarter horse bars”. Any gullet that measures larger than 7 inches is considered to be wide.

How wide is a wide gullet?

Gullet Size Chart

Gullet Size Inches
Narrow 6”
Medium or Average 6.5”
Wide 7”
Extra Wide 8”

What is swell width in a saddle?

The swell gullet width is measured from the point where the top of the bar meets the bottom of the swell and across to the same point on the other side ( see Example A, a swell width of 6 1/2″ ).

How do you measure the width of a saddle gullet?

Gullet Width The gullet of the saddle is the gap between the two bars of the saddle tree. It is measured at the front of the saddle. You measure your Western saddle’s gullet by stretching a tape measure from concho to concho across the front of the saddle directly below the pommel.

Is my saddle to wide?

How do I know if my horse needs a wide saddle?

My saddle is pinching, I need a wider Tree. If the bar angle is too wide for the horse, it will pinch at the contact point. If your horse has a narrow “A” shape, the saddle may be too wide.

How do I know if my saddle is too wide or narrow?

What it means: When you see edema on your horse’s withers after riding, chances are your saddle doesn’t fit him properly. A tree that’s too wide will sit too low in front, causing pressure on his withers. One that’s too narrow, or with a too-narrow gullet, will pinch and put pressure along the sides of his spine.

How are Duett saddles designed for wide horses?

The wider trees of Duett saddles are uniquely designed for wide horses like no other saddle made. We work closely with our saddle maker to ensure quality and the best possible fit for the horse and its rider Our saddles are not only comfortable, but perfectly balanced.

Who are the makers of wide horse saddles?

These saddles are also made for us in England by Alan Powell and Paul Booker, and have gotten kudos from many different saddle fitters in the US as being easy saddles to fit and custom flock, if necessary. They have gained popularity as foxhunting saddles; the panels offer a wide, generous weight-bearing surface, with a wide gullet.

What’s the best saddle for a wide horse?

Our most successful saddles for the wide horse are built on a tree that has more of a ‘U” shape than a “V” shape. The bottom line is that many wide horses are shaped more like a table than a tent.

What happens if you put a wide saddle on a horse?

If the gullet is too narrow, it can produce pressure on the spine and adjoining structures, but too wide a gullet can also produce stability problems. It is unfortunately true that many of these wider horses have sustained damage and discomfort from a pinching saddle.

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