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There is no standardization in the industry for a Regular (or Semi-Quarter horse) tree and Wide (or Full Quarter horse) tree so different saddle brands will not fit the same. The fit may also vary among disciplines. The gullet measurement is important, but it is the most misunderstood. It is not the defining factor of saddle fit. Most importantly, not every saddle with a specified gullet measurement will fit the same. The angle and twist of the bars affect how the saddle will fit.
SADDLE FIT MISCONCEPTIONS
My horse is really tall so he needs a wide tree.
Actually, the horse’s height has nothing to do with proper tree fit. You’ll want to look at the horse’s conformation starting at his withers – are they well defined or are they rounded? Is his back typical or dropped? Answering these questions first will help your horse enjoy comfortable saddle fit.
My horse has to have a __” gullet.
We hear this quite a bit, and it’s not always the case. The bar angle and rock are also very important to fit. Gullet width is only one aspect of tree fit.
My saddle is pinching, I need a wider Tree.
Not always. If the bar angle is too wide for the horse, it will pinch at the contact point. If your horse has a narrow “A” shape, the saddle may be too wide.
Start at the beginning with our Introduction to Saddle Fit. Learn more about the gullet, bar angles, and gain a better understanding of what to look for when saddle fitting.