How to Take a Wither Tracing

Fitting An Aussie Saddle
Fitting An Aussie Saddle
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A First, note where an Australian saddle sits on the horse. It is forward on the withers, with the girth one to three inches behind the front legs. We want the wither tracing to reflect where the front of the saddle will be on the horse. The easiest way to find this spot is to follow the line of the back of the horse's front leg straight up to the top of the withers.

B Next, snip off the twisted ends of a common coat hanger (or use any other bendable wire), and bend the wire over the withers where indicated until you have a snug fit. Carefully remove without changing the angle.

C Trace the outline of the wire on a standard 8 1/2" by 11" sheet of paper with a black marker or a bold pen. Turn the paper sideways to give a larger drawing of the withers. We only need 6 to 8 inches down each side of the wire to get the correct angle.

Mail or email your wither tracing to Western, P.O.Box 895, Belgrade,Mt 59714. Make sure to include your name, phone number, and the saddle you ordered (or are interested in). Make sure to include the breed of horse, its height in hands, and its heart girth measurement (all the way around the horse where the girth goes - see below). For the rider, include your height, weight, and pant size.

If you want to scan your wither tracing and send it to us via email, please mark a scale in inches across the bottom of the wither tracing. Sometimes scans don't get to us the same size as they were created.

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