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Jochen Schleese Saddle Fitting Tip 6 – Saddle Length

A horse's shoulder and loin area should never carry any weight of a rider. Rider weight should be carried on the saddle support area only and never extending past the last supporting rib or sliding up on to the horse's shoulder.

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Jochen Schleese Saddle Fitting Tip 5 – Billet Alignment

The saddle's billets should hang perpendicular to the ground so that the girth is not angled (forwardwards or backwards) and is allowed to be positioned properly. The girth will always find its natural position at the narrowest point behind the elbow.

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Jochen Schleese Saddle Fitting Tip 4 – Full Panel Contact

The panel should touch the horse's back evenly all the way from front to back. Some panels may be off the back end to allow the back to come up during engagement.

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Jochen Schleese Saddle Fitting Tip 2 – Wither Clearance

Clearance at the withers should be 2-3 fingers for normal withers, mutton withers will have more clearance, and high withers will have less clearance. Clearance should be all around, not just at the top.

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Jochen Schleese Saddle Fitting Tip 1 – Balance

Center of saddle should be parallel to the floor on the horse's back...

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