HYH Saddle Sizing Template Guide and Measuring tools

HYH Saddle Sizing Template Guide and Measuring tools

Saddle Template Sizing guide

To help us advise you on the most suitable saddle size and style for your horse or pony you will need two simple measurements and a few photographs:

Back width: This refers to the shape across his back, which can vary from narrow to extra wide.
Wither profile: This describes the curve of his withers, if you are looking from the side - low, regular or high.


Stand your horse or pony up squarely (with his or her weight evenly distributed on all four legs in a perfect square) on a totally flat surface and take one digital* photo from the front of the horse, one from the tail and one of each side profile of the whole horse and also include  one close up of the saddle and wither area (BUT NOT TOO CLOSE) It is also helpful if you can provide details of your horse or pony's age, breed, work schedule  and height then email this with the photos to us. Your own height and weight with upper leg measurement will determine the seat size needed.

*each photo should ideally not exceed 1 MB in size so please reduce the files if neccessary otherwise they may not be accepted by our mailboxes.(The horse should NOT be tacked up or mounted)

Please dont forget to provide details of your horse or pony's age, breed, work schedule  and height then email this with the photos to: info@helpyourhorses.co.uk

For the measurements you will need:

  • A helper to hold your horse on firm, level ground.
  • A piece of chalk.
  • A flexicurve, available measuring exactly 16" (40cm). A piece fo stiff wire cut to the same length is a good alternative.
  • A pen.
Make sure your horse is standing four-square with his head up and looking straight ahead. From the near side(left) feel for the top edge of his shoulder blade(scapula) with your fingers. Lifting the nearside foreleg will help you find the scapula if you're not sure.
Step 2 
When you have located the highest point of the scapula, use the chalk to mark a point roughly three fingers' width behind it (towards the direction of the tail).
Step 3 
Taking this mark as your starting point, mold your flexicurve up and over the withers.
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Step 4 
Squeeze and shape the flexicurve so it hugs the contours of the horse's sides.
Step 5 
Lift the flexicurve gently and put it down in exactly the same place - it should settle snugly if it's been molded correctly. Transfer the shaped flexicurve onto a large piece of blank white paper and draw carefully along the inside using a black pen.

Step 6 
Next, making sure your horse is still standing properly, mold the flexicurve along his spine starting at the highest point of the withers. This measurement should also be taken from the nearside. Draw this shape in black onto a large piece of white, blank paper - this is your wither profile.



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