How to measure your saddle - Saddles Direct

How to measure your saddle

Measuring a saddle can be a daunting task if you have never had any experience doing so. At Saddles Direct we have years of experience measuring new saddles and measuring used saddles that come into us to sell. We want to help break down the fear and show you two quick and easy ways to measure your saddle seat size and saddle width.

 

Saddle Seat Size

Measuring the saddle seat size is the lesser of two evils. All you need is a tape measure and the saddle in front of you. You would start by placing the tape measure (at mark 0) in the centre of the saddle badge/head nail and measure to the centre of the cantle. This measurement in inches is the saddle seat size which is measured in whole and ½ units e.g. 17”, 17.5” etc.

Saddle Width

Measuring the saddle width can be trickier and leave you wondering where to start. There are many ways to measure a saddle including the exact width between the saddle points, between the panel etc. However, a very quick gauge of the width is with your fists at the front of the saddle between the panel.

 

  • MEDIUM/M – A M fit saddle would roughly be 1 fist’s width in the front of the saddle, see image below:
  • MEDIUM WIDE/MW – A MW fit saddle would measure around 1.5 fist’s width or a fist + ¾ fingers, see image below:
  • WIDE/W – A wide fit saddle would again be bigger and generally would be 2x fist’s widths, see image below:

These are the most common sizes seen on new saddles and used saddles. If you needed to expand further with Narrow/N, Narrow Medium/NM or Extra Wide/XW you would decrease or increase from the M and W fist widths accordingly.

*Please note this is a VERY ROUGH guide and not in any way an exact science, all saddle manufacturers (like clothes or shoes) have their own take on M/MW/W and can differ between makes and even models*

To watch our video tutorial on how to do this follow the link >>> How to measure your saddle

Gullet Gauge

If this all still fills you with dread, you can also purchase a nifty little tool from the EASY-CHANGE fit solution range. The Gullet Gauge is a tool to help you select the correct size gullet to fit your horse. You can also use the Gullet Gauge to monitor any changes in your horse’s muscling every three to six months.

As the EASY-CHANGE gullet bars, similar to the Thorowgood/Kent & Masters/Fairfax, are very true to size this gullet gauge is a super useful tool to have for width measurements of saddles and of your horse!

EASY-CHANGE Gullet Gauge

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Part Exchange
Great option...

If you can’t buy a saddle before selling your current one

The Process
Outright Purchase
Quick and hassle free!

We buy direct, no need to wait for us to sell your saddle.

The Process
Commission
Highest Financial Return!

You receive payment once your saddle has been sold.

The Process