Learn from people who know Western saddles...

Having built thousands of saddle trees over more than two decades, Rod and Denise Nikkel share their expertise with you in their first 67 minute video that will teach you The Basics of Western Saddle Fitting. Whether you are a recreational rider or you ride for a living, whether you are a saddle maker, trainer or other equine professional, or you just want to learn more to benefit your own horses, this video will give you the information and confidence you need to assess whether this saddle will work on this horse - plus a whole lot more!

Western Saddle Fit - The Basics (DVD)

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There's more on this site than just the videos...

The Nikkels have published a blog on their saddle tree site, www.rodnikkel.com, since 2011. They put up many posts about saddle fitting along with the ones about trees. Now they have compiled and organized the fitting posts (there's over 100 of them!) into seven categories. Click on the links and prepare to spend some time reading...

Welcome to Western Saddle Fit!

Rod and Denise Nikkel have compiled their saddle fit blog posts and…

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Saddle Fit Basics

To gain a good foundation for understanding western saddle fit, start by…

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Position of the Saddle

The #1 saddle fit problem is putting the saddle too far forward on the…

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Factors That Affect Fit

Rather than trying on every saddle in the store, reading through these…

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Horse and Rider Effects

Horses vary in shape. Riders vary in many ways. This section has links that…

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Misconceptions About Saddle Fit

"Saddle fit" abounds in half truths, myths, misunderstandings and…

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Troubleshooting Saddle Fit Problems

A systematic approach to dealing with saddle fit issues gets you to the…

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Anatomy and Biomechanics

Learning how the horse is made and functions is as important as learning…

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New Information

Watch this page for the new information we plan to share about Western…

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