Gullet Size and Clearance

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Stubben and Indian leather saddle

 

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The pommel is too low creating pressure on the withers. Above is a horse showing white hairs on the withers from a saddle being too close.


Pommel High

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The narrow gullet is pinching the horses withers. It is also lifting the front of the pommel, and creating too much clearance. The seat is too far back.

 

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Channel through the back of the saddle too narrow - only 2 1/2 fingers wide, which is sitting each side of the spine and pinching. The space needs to be around 4 fingers.

Saddle channel too narrow sitting close to the spine. This will restrict the horse from bending and cause hollowing in the back.