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How to do a wither/back tracing for saddle fit

Wither tracing

Schleese saddlery has a number of videos and instruction guides on saddle fitting.

Finding the right saddle to fit your horse can be challenging, especially if you are looking at saddles that would need to be shipped to you to try. The best place to start is with wither and back tracings. You can then send these measurements to a tack shop and get a pretty good indication as to whether or not you are on the right track.

Wither and back tracings communicate critical information about your horse’s back such as the width of tree required and the type of panel configuration that will best fit your horse’s back. they also help show the

You will need a flexible curve, scissors, paper or cardboard, and also colored chalk or tape.

relationship between your horse’s back and withers.


Here’s what you need to make a tracing. These materials are available at office supply or art stores.

Keep in mind that different saddle companies may ask for slightly different measurements but these videos give a good overview of what you need to do.


Here are two videos that provide instructions on how to make a tracing. If you are working with a specific saddler, ask them to let you know which measurements they need.



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