S A D D L E   F I T T I N G

Click here to purchase a pre-packaged saddle fitting kit with all the tools necessary to take the required tracings. (Camera not included!)

HOW TO DO A SADDLE TRACING

CONTENTS OF KIT
In the kit--- you will receive a flexible curve, a saddle fitting sheet with several carbon copies on it, a pen and chalk. (This is available through us for $25)

*After you have finished taking the tracings below you will need to provide three photo's of your horse - one from the left side, one from the right side and one from the back (you will need to stand on a mounting block to take this shot).

Digital photos are acceptable, please burn them to a CD and send them along with the rest of the information.

Please review the steps below before beginning and refer to the diagrams to help you complete your tracings. Thank you for your care, it will ensure a good fit!

If you have any questions feel free to call us at 717-294-6757 or email us at info@hastilowusa.com

Please note: In Diagram 1 it is important that the distance between the lines shown should be as follows:
B is 4" from A
C is 6" from B


STARTING WITH MEASUREMENT "A"

To begin tracing, place the center of the flexible curve carefully on the front of the saddle area on your horse (about 2 inches back from the shoulder blade - please refer to diagram 1).

Carefully bend the flexible curve straight down around the horse and make sure to fit both sides well around the shape of the withers.

Then, on the left side of the horse, mark with chalk a line following the flexible curve and note that this will be LINE A.

Now, without disturbing the shape of the flexible curve, remove it from the horse and place it on the carbon paper towards the top center of the sheet (please take note when you are finished your sheet should look similar to diagram 2).

Using the pen carefully trace around the flexible curve and label the mark "A" (see diagram 2) REMEMBER TO US THE UNDER SIDE OF THE CURVE (THE ONE CLOSEST TO THE HORSES BODY) TO DRAW THE LINES ON THE PAPER SO YOUR MEASUREMENT WILL BE THE MOST ACCURATE.


TAKE MEASUREMENT "C" BEFORE MEASUREMENT "B"

Next, go to the last rib on your horse and feel up to the top. Again, place the center of the flexible curve at this area and bend the flexible curve straight down around the shape of the horse.

Then, on the left side of the horse, mark with chalk a line following the flexible curve and note that this will be LINE C.

Without disturbing the shape of the flexible curve, remove it from the horse and place it on the carbon paper towards the lower middle and center of the sheet (diagram 2).

Using the pen carefully trace around the curve and label the mark "C" (diagram 2).


NOW FOR MEASUREMENT "B"

Referring back to the chalk marks on your horse, pick the middle point between LINE A and LINE C along the spine of the horse and place the center of the flexible curve at on area.
Please note: In Diagram 1 it is important that the distance between the lines shown should be as follows:
B is 4" from A
C is 6" from B

Bend the curve straight down around the shape of the horse and mark with chalk a line following the curve, note this will be LINE B (diagram 2).

Without disturbing the shape of the flexible curve, remove it from the horse and place it on the carbon paper between your tracings of A & C in the center of the sheet (diagram 2).

Using the pen carefully trace around the curve and label the mark "B" (diagram 2).


MEASUREMENT "D" TO "E"

Now for the last step in tracing. This tracing will show the drop from the wither to the back. Place the flexible curve horizontally along the spine of your horse to stretch across LINES A-C, making sure to follow closely the shape of the backbone.

Without disturbing the shape of the curve, remove it from the horse and place it at the bottom in the center of the carbon paper (diagram 2).

Using the pen carefully trace around the curve and label the mark "D & E" (see diagram 2).

*If your horse has a pronounced dip behind the shoulder blade, please comment on this as it will ensure your saddle will be aligned properly on your horse. (see diagram 3 on panel shapes)


ALMOST FINISHED, LAST STEP - PHOTOS

As mentioned at the beginning of this sheet, after you have finished taking the required tracings please provide us with three photo's of your horse...

1. One (straight on) from the left side of your horse (with the trace markings intact)
2. One (straight on) from the right side
3. And one from the back (you will need to stand on a mounting block to take this shot).


You should now have a complete reference of the shape of your horse!

Please fill in all the relevant information asked for on the form.

Send the first and second sheets back to us (white and yellow), along with the photos of your horse. Keep the third sheet (pink) for your reference. Date the sheets.

Our Mailing address is...
1684 Hendershot Road
Warfordsburg, PA 17267

Additional information to be required:

1. The height of your horse
2. The weight of your horses
3. Hip to knee measurement of the rider (Hip to Knee measurement is from your hip bone to your knee cap.)
4. Height of the rider