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Saddle Fitting Guide

Trekker Saddle Fitting Guide
 
 
 
 
 
Trekker Fitting Guide
 
The TREKKER Pro Endurance, Pro Arte, Luxus & Talent saddles can be adpated in different ways to fit you and your horse perfectly!
 
When you first receive your saddle sometimes transport causes little dents in the saddle or the panels. These will dissappear soon after unpacking the saddle. One or both of the panels which go underneath the saddle may be removed for packing purposes.  Simply velcro each panel onto the underside of the saddle taking care to line the front of the panel with the front of the saddle and align the edge of the panel along the edge of the velcro.  This will give you a starting point for adjusting the saddle panels to fit your horse.
 
Fitting
When fitting your saddle for the first time, if you have any doubt on your ability to fit the saddle correctly we would recommend asking assistance from a professional saddle fitter. If you decide to fit it yourself it is advisable to ask a friend to assist you so they can check around the saddle when you sit on it. 
 
Place the saddle on your horses bare back.  Line the front edge of the saddle flap directly behind the horses shoulder muscle hill.  The saddle flap should NOT be sitting on the shoulder or surrounding muscle.  
 
You may notice that the girth placement may look slightly further back behind your horses front legs. If you horse has a forward girth groove then the use of a Banana shaped girth will allow the girth to sit forward and the saddle to sit further back in its correct position
 
The Trekkers placement will be correct if it is sitting just behind the shoulder muscle. Placement behind the shoulder will allow your horse complete freedom to move his shoulder without the saddle sitting on top of his muscle.
 
Now that your saddle is placed in the proper position on your horses back, stand behind your horse and look through the space between the panels to see your horses spine. The panels should be approximately 1¼ “away from the spine on each side,  the panels should  be placed as evenly as possible on both sides of your horses spine, this placement will prevent any pressure from resting on the ligaments (peri-spinal ligaments) that run the length of the spine. 
 
Pommel Width
The next thing you want to check is the pommel width. Firstly put a numnah or saddle pad under the saddle, pulling it up into the gullet of the saddle. 
 
Place the saddle back into the correct position behind the shoulders. Look at the flat part of the seat and make sure it looks level. 
 
If the saddle is higher in the front and lower in the back you will need to open the pommel up (turning the horizontal bar in the pommel). The saddle will drop down at the front when it is widened  giving you the level seat.  
 
If it is higher in the back than the front your pommel is too wide so you need to tighten it.  
 
Once you are fairly certain your seat is level, take a roll of chapstick or a tube of lipstick and place it horizontally across the centre of the seat.  If the chapstick rolls forward or backward, your seat isn't level, adjust the pommel accordingly. 
 
You may also want to mount and then get off again to check to be sure that the saddle seat still looks level.  Riders feeling pitched forward in the saddle usually means that either the pommel isn’t tight enough or the saddle is placed too far forward. 
 
The saddle needs to be a snug fit all the way around but not pinching. Ask a friend to move their hand  around the edges of the saddle while you are on board. They need to be able to put their fingers under the edges so it is a snug but not tight fit. Check that they can move a couple of fingers under the pommel area to make sure the saddle is not pinching at the wither area. 
 
Girthing Up
A good tip is to check your girth 3 times before getting on, horses have a tendency of blowing out and because you are using a lower dressage girth it makes it more difficult checking the girth tightness once you are on board. Put the saddle on and tighten, walk the horse around for a few minutes and tighten again, allow another couple of minutes and do a final check. Try not to over tighten the girth so it pinches. You need a snug secure fit. The saddle shouldn’t slip at all if it is girthed and fitted correctly. 
 
 
Cantle Adjustment:
Saddles are also  generally shipped with the cantle in its largest seat size (18”). We would advice you try the saddle in this position first for comfort since most riders despite their size prefer the larger seat.  
 
To adjust the seat size first take the panels off.  You will see two slits in the velcro where two of the three screws that adjust the cantle are.  The third track/slit is directly in the centre.  Pull back the leather strip to expose that track.  You will see a screw in each track that will need to be loosened.  
 
Now look at the top of the saddle seat.  Peel back the leather on the top of the seat starting with the cantle. Pull the seat back just far enough to expose the tracks that you are going to slide the cantle forward onto. Loosen the screws on the bottom of the saddle and slide the cantle forward to the desired seat size position.  
 
Tighten all three screws and replace leather over the seat. Double check to be sure that the cantle is anchored securely on both sides and that the cantle is solidly attached before replacing the leather back over the seat.
 
Stirrup Bars
Your saddle is fitted with two sets of stirrup bars.  Stirrup bar placement will 
be an individual preference. Most look for a leg position that keeps the shoulders, hips and  ankles in alignment. 
 
 
Maintenance
Please clean the sadlle regularly using a little high quality leather polish and a soft cloth. Do not use too much grease or oil as this can damage the stitching. Use special products on the suede part or a suede brush to remove any dirt. 
 
Safety
For rider comfort you may want to consider using dressage leathers/T-Bar/Comfort leathers these all avoid using uncomfortable buckles under your thigh. Alternatively if using traditional stirrup leathers you may want to position the buckle at the bottom of the iron.
Always mount from a mounting block to avoid putting extra pressure and uneven pressure on your horses back. 
Always introduce a new saddle to the horse in a safe environment and slowly. Allow the horse to get used to the feel of something new on their back, school the horse first with the saddle before getting on board and going out for a ride. 
Always seek the advice of a professional saddle fitter if you are in any doubt.
 
Manufacturer´s Declaration:
Surface material vegetable tanned German cattle leather.
Inside memory foam and pure wool felt.
Pommel is made of steel.
Cantle is made of fibre glass. 
 
The saddle comes with a 2 year Manufacturer Guarantee, held directly with the manufacturer. 
 

 

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