How to measure an English saddle seat?

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  1. PitterPaws

    PitterPaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an English saddle that I want to sell but I don't know how to measure the seat. Do you go from end to end with a tight measure tape.
    or do you go from end to end with the measuring tape folowing the curve of the seat?
    Thanks!

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    Last edited: Oct 2, 2011
  2. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

    Nov 11, 2008
    Trenton, FL
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    Set the saddle on a saddle rack with the seat facing up. Locate the pommel of the saddle. The pommel is the raised, center point at the front of your saddle.

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    There are nailheads on both sides of the pommel. Oftentimes, the nailheads on an English saddle will be engraved with the brand name of the saddle. Choose one nailhead and measure in a straight line from the center of the nailhead to the center of the back of your saddle, called the cantle. This measurement represents the seat size; it should be in half-inch increments.

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    Lift the skirt of your saddle (the half-circle of leather coming off of the pommel) to reveal the metal stirrup bar. Measure straight down from the center of the stirrup bar to the bottom of the saddle flap to determine flap length.

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    Lay the saddle upside down on a towel so that the cantle is touching the floor and the bottom of the saddle is exposed. The strip of unpadded leather running down the center of your saddle is called the gullet. On either side of the gullet you will find the panels of your saddle. On the front of each panel there are four felt dots. Measure the distance between the two felt dots closest to the gullet. This is your "dot-to-dot" measurement, which gives an accurate representation of your English saddle tree width, regardless of saddle brand.



    Read more: How to Measure English Saddles | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5642724_measure-english-saddles.html#ixzz1Zdxtlq6r
     
  3. PitterPaws

    PitterPaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much for the help!
     
  4. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

    Nov 11, 2008
    Trenton, FL
    Your very welcome! Glad I could help [​IMG]
     

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