Part of assessing saddle fit is creating a template and diary of your horse.
When you contact us you will be asked to provide a template and at least one photo of your horse.
Doing a template
You need a flexicurve or similar material that will shape to your horses back and be able to traced on to paper. A wire coat hanger is an example though some can be hard to shape.
Locate your horses shoulder – if your horse is thick set try lifting the front leg and feel for where the shoulder movement up near the wither when the leg is pulled forward.
Once the horse is standing square again (on level ground) place the flexicurve/wire across the back about 5cm from the shoulder (so when you lift it off you end up with a shape like an upside down V or U.
Draw around this onto an A3 or A4 sheet of paper.
A3 template paper
Later you will add a measurement scale to this (just incase the template gets skewed if sending by fax or electronically) Mark a scale at 1cm intervals from 0 to 10cm both horizontally and vertically on the page.
You can photograph this and send it to us if this is easier than scanning it (contact us for mobile number)
It is important to send through a photo of your horse side on – whole body including feet so we can judge the back profile of your horse ie: whether it is flat backed, curvy backed etc. This is important to match the correct tree profile to your horse.
Not like this – Horse is unlevel and whilst we can fit a back this croup high we ultimately want the best outcome. Please include the hooves so I can check how level horse is standing.
Also helpful is a behind photo (but please only do this if it is safe!)
Optional is sending a photo of your current saddle sitting on your horse (girthed up) so I can see what is happening with it.
More examples of Templates and Photos will be posted shortly.
Please ensure your template has your details on it prior to sending back.