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Customized Sorter Skirted Roughout Trainer Saddle
Skirt Length 26.5"
D rings removed off Swells for safety
Slightly Shorter Seat Jockey and Fender for closer contact
Stirrups can adjust 4" shorter than original.
16" Seat is standard but can be ordered in other sizes.
Available through Sachs Paints ONLY
(Same pricing as Original)
Original Tex Tan Roughout Trainer Saddle
 Product ID : 08-1276R06
Skirt 28.5"
D rings on Swell
16" Seat
Discount on all saddles for Sachs' Clients
and 7CPHC members

(Best Price Guarantee)

Don't overlook Skirt Length when selecting your saddle 
Most Breeders are selecting modern short coupled horses, yet almost all show saddles still have extra long skirts.  If your skirt is close to your horses hip, or flank, it is too long.  Skirts that are too long decrease range of motion and can cause soft tissue injuries and saddle sores.  Many short coupled breeds (AQHA, APHA, Morgans, Arabians, etc. NEED a skirt length of 26.5" to 27" maximum, yet MOST pleasure show saddles are 28" to 32" in length!  If you have found yourself perching your saddle forward on your horses withers and shoulders to keep it from pressing into their hip or flank, your skirt is too long.

It is crucial to have a saddle that fits both you and your horse

Why is Saddle Fit Important?  Because you care about your horses comfort , and freedom of motion.

Does your horse switch his/her tail, lay back ears, or sidle away when you approach with the saddle or cinch up?  Is your horse having trouble moving properly (with cadence and freedom of motion)?  Do you get undesirable feedback when you mount up? If you enjoy your horse's company when you're just hanging out together in the corral, but he or she develops behavior problems when you're saddling or riding, a poorly fitting saddle may very well be to blame.

A well made saddle that fits your horse properly can work wonders in improving your relationship with your horse! I recommend a saddle for work and show that has a good fitting
tree and a shorter skirt from front to back for short-coupled horses wile still maintaining a deep modern hourglass drop.

Important note:  Don't rule out pain as a factor in undesirable behavior with your new saddle.  No matter how well your new saddle fits, if your equine is already experiencing pain cause by it's previous saddle, (soft tissue injury, or Chiropractic mal-alignment) the new saddle is not going to fix the behavior problem until the pain is relieved.  Assess your horse yourself (ONLY if you're comfortable) by massaging and applying pressure all over your horse to see if there is any soreness, flinching or pain spasms.  Be safe, have someone else assist you.  Be aware that the best horse in the world may bite or kick just as an automatic reflex to pain (kind of like when the doctor hits you on the knee with that little hammer).  You should also have a qualified vet,  or equine chiropractic expert do an assessment for you.   

The ideal saddle will sit flat on your horse's back. The sides should be flush against the horse's ribs.  The gullet area should have about 2” of clearance (2 fingers is a good way to measure) between top of horse's withers and the underside of the gullet.  Quarter Horses, Paints, Morgans, Arabians, and many Warmblood breeds are short-coupled.  MAKE SURE YOUR SKIRT LENGTH IS NOT TOO LONG FOR YOUR HORSE!  If your skirt is close to your horses hip, or flank, it is too long.  With as much as we ask out of our Pleasure and All-Around horses, shouldn't they have a saddle as comfortable as an Endurance or Barrel saddle?  I have never seen a Barrel saddle with a skirt over 27."

Your saddle should be tried on the horse with no pad, no blanket, no towels, etc.  Sit the front concho just behind your horses shoulder blade (palpate under the front of your saddle on each side with your had to be sure).   Any saddle that is placed too far forward will impair your horses movement.  Horses need to move free and comfortable not only for today's modern pleasure judges, but for all riding disciplines.

The correct tree needs to be selected for the saddle to fit the horse.   An ill fitting saddle makes for a discontented inflexible horse. At worst the horse may suffer permanent injury and scar tissue. One of the key components of the tree are the "bars". The bars are the load bearing surfaces on the horse's back. Some horses are high withered, some are flat backed; some have long backs and others have short backs. The secret to the fit of a saddle tree is the way the bars conform to the curves of a horse's back.

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