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Saddle Fitting Guide

Trekker Saddle Fitting Guide
 
 
 
 
 

Trekker Fitting Guide

The TREKKER Pro Endurance, Pro Arte, Luxus & Talent saddles are multi-adaptable, for an optimum fit.

Transport occasionally causes superficial dents on the saddle and/or panels. These will soon disappear after unpacking. One or both panels may have been removed for transport. Simply Velcro each panel onto the underside of the saddle, taking care to align 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 is the starting point for fitting the saddle.

Fitting

Please note; if in any doubt about the fit of the saddle, please seek advice from a professional saddle-fitter. A saddle which seems to sit correctly may change with the rider mounted. Seek a friend’s assistance to either a) observe the fit of the saddle whilst riding the three paces (and over small obstacles for the Inspiration and Bascule models), or b) film for verification after.  The best environment for this is an arena.

Place the saddle in the correct position on your horse’s back, lining the front edge of the saddle flap directly behind his shoulder muscle. The saddle flap MUST sit behind the shoulder blade and muscles for your horse’s complete freedom of movement. For more detail, see Saddle Length in section 2 of this guide. 

The girth placement may seem marginally further back behind your horses front legs. If your horse has a forward girth-groove, we recommend a Banana shaped girth, which sits forward without dragging the saddle away from the correct position. For more detail, see Girth Straps in section 2 of this guide.

Once the saddle is in position, stand behind your horse and look through the space between the panels (the gullet). The panels must sit clear of your horse’s spine (approximately 5cm on each side), and be placed evenly. This eliminates pressure on the supraspinous ligaments that run parallel to the spine, ‘connecting’ the individual bones. For more detail, see Channel/gullet width in section 2 of this guide  

Pommel Width and Balance

Place a numnah or saddle pad under the saddle, pulling it up into the gullet and place the saddle on the horse in the correct position. Check the flat part of the seat is level. Place a tube of lipstick, or similar shaped item, horizontally across the centre of the seat.  Any backward or forward roll indicates your seat isn't level. Adjust the pommel accordingly. For more detail, see Balance in section 2 of this guide.

If the saddle is higher in front, open the pommel up by turning the horizontal bar in the pommel. The saddle will lower at the front as the pommel widens, and level the seat.  

If the saddle is higher at the cantle, tighten the pommel and the front end will lift, rebalancing the saddle.  

Briefly mount the horse then dismount to check the saddle is still level.

NB; a feeling of pitching forwards means either the pommel isn’t tight enough or the saddle is placed too far forward. 

The saddle needs to be a snug fit without pinching. Whilst on board, there must be sufficient room to slide two to three fingers under the pommel at all points. Any less indicates the pommel will interfere with the withers/shoulder during motion. Ask a friend to slide their hand under the edges of the saddle at all points (between the horse and the saddle-panels) whilst you are mounted. They are checking for a snug but not tight fit. For more detail, see Pommel Width/Pommel Angle in section 2 of this guide.

Girthing Up

Check the girth 3 times before mounting. Horses tend to blow their ribs outwards when being saddled and it is harder to check a dressage girth once mounted. Girth up then walk the horse for two to three minutes then tighten the girth. Allow another couple of minutes before doing a final check. Over tightening the girth serves no purpose. It will pinch the horse and restrict his breathing. Once fitted and girthed correctly, the saddle will not slip. 

 Cantle Adjustment:

We usually transport saddles with the cantle adjusted to its largest seat size (18”/45cm). Try the saddle for comfort at this setting first. In our experience, even our more petite riders prefer the larger seat.

To adjust the seat size;

  • Remove the panels. Locate the two tracks/slits in the Velcro, where two of the three screws that adjust the cantle are situated.  

  • Pull back the leather strip to expose the third track/slit, found directly in the centre. Each track/slit contains a screw.  

  •  Peel back the leather on the top of the saddle seat, starting at the cantle. Pull the seat away far enough to expose the tracks on which you are going to slide the cantle forward.

  • 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.

  • Check the cantle is anchored securely on both sides and solidly attached before replacing the leather back over the seat.

Stirrup Bars

Your saddle is fitted with two sets of stirrup bars to accommodate individual preferences. The forward bar is for a ‘General Purpose Seat’ and the back bar is for a more classical ‘Dressage Seat.’ Choose the bar which keeps the vertical line, ear, shoulder, hip, heel. 

 Maintenance

Clean the saddle regularly, using a small amount of high quality leather polish and a soft cloth. Too much grease or oil can damage the stitching. Use special suede-care products on the suede part or a suede brush to remove any dirt. 

Safety

  • The use of Dressage, T-Bar or Comfort leathers will avoid placing uncomfortable buckles under your thigh. Alternatively, position the buckles of traditional stirrup leathers at the bottom, by the iron.

  • Always mount from a mounting block to avoid putting uneven or extra pressure on your horse’s back. 

  • Always introduce a new saddle quietly and slowly, in a safe environment. Allow the horse to acclimatise to the new sensation on their back. Ground-school the horse before mounting and/or hacking. 

  • If in doubt, seek the advice of a professional saddle-fitter.

Manufacturer´s Declaration:

Surface material; vegetable-tanned, German cattle leather.

Inside; memory foam and pure wool felt.

Steel Pommel.

Fibre-glass Cantle. 

The saddle comes with a 2 year Manufacturer Guarantee, held directly with the manufacturer. 
 


 

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Equestrian activities can be dangerous. In no event shall Equine Whispers or its owners be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, consequential damages, or any damages whatsoever arising out of or connected with the use or misuse of its product(s). Buyer assumes all risks and liability from use of product(s).

Always check equipment before use on every occasion that it is used for signs of wear and tear or damage. Do not use the equipment if it is showing any signs of wear and tear or damage. If the equipment is within the warranty period you must stop using it and return it for repair or replacement.

You are responsible for the safety of You and Your equine and must always choose equipment that is appropriate to You and Your equine, it is essential that you are properly trained and experienced before applying any new equipment to an equine. If you have any doubts about Your capabilities or suitability of the equipment for Your equine please seek expert assistance before using any products.

 

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