A properly fitting saddle tree disperses the rider’s weight evenly down the length of the bars. When a saddle doesn’t fit correctly sores, tenderness, behavior problems, dry spots, and white spots appear to signal trouble. Keep in mind there is no standardization in the industry for tree sizing-measurements differ between tree makers, saddle makers, and saddle styles.
Saddle trees are designed to fit typical conformation in a majority of horses. Our years of research combined with our state-of-the art computer imaging have allowed us to produce precision saddle trees that provide unrestricted movement and a comfortable fit for horses of all breeds. Our research has led us to develop extended fits for those horses with conformations not served by the industry standards. If you are unsure of which tree width would be best for your horse or mule, we recommend you provide templates of your horse’s back – follow this link for more information on measuring your horses back! Horses with shorter backs benefit from the length of the normal Tucker saddle skirt which measures less than 24″. Our round skirt styles also benefit shorter backed horses.
We offer different tree sizes to fit for the comfort of your horse or mule:
Medium: For the horse with a defined wither and average build. The majority of horses are a Medium fit
Wide: For the horses that are broad or mutton withered, or foundation conformation
Extra wide: For drafts, draft crosses, or extremely wide foundation type horses
FB Medium: For a flatter barrel, or slab sided, conformation typical in gaited horses
Mule: For mules with flat back conformation; available in medium or wide
If your horse has conformation issues such as a dropped back, hollow pockets behind the withers, a weak topline, or is asymmetrical, a pad solution will be needed. Send us back measurements so we can help you achieve a great saddle fit. This service is free!Tucker-Saddle-Fit-guide-2015.pdf (1142 downloads)