Western Saddle Fit: Well Beyond the Basics

Western Saddle Fit: Well Beyond the Basics


This six hour long video series is just what equine professionals - saddle makers, trainers, competitive riders, equine health workers, etc. - will find useful in understanding Western saddle fit, but riders of all types who want a deeper understanding of the topic will enjoy it as well.

From Rod and Denise Nikkel, formerly a working cowboy and a veterinarian who then hand made custom saddle trees for over twenty years, this video series contains more solid information about Western saddle fit in one location than is available anywhere else, especially in this convenient format.

Available via streaming on Vimeo, Well Beyond the Basics is well worth your time!

Click HERE to head over to Vimeo to watch it! (Sorry, no DVDs are available for Well Beyond the Basics. Do not pay on this site as it is only available on Vimeo.)

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Here's what it contains:

  • Introduction
  • Basic Principles - 3 P's plus One
  • Helpful Analogies
    • How should a saddle fit?
    • Cutlery and saddle fit
    • Saddle fit and the bell curve
  • Proper Postion of a Western Saddle
  • Parts of the tree
  • Tree factors that affect fit
  •  Misconceptions about bars
  • Evaluating a tree - with examples
  • Parts of the saddle
  • Saddle factors that affect fit for the horse
    • Rigging - types and positions
    • Skirts, cinches, etc.
  • Saddle factors that affect fit for the rider
    • Seat
    • Stirrup leather position
  • Evaluating a saddle, including testing for a broken tree
  • Evaluating a horse for fit - with examples
  • Evaluating a tree on a horse
  • Evaluating a saddle on a horse - with examples
  • Padding
  • Breast collar and other tack
  • Flex tree and treeless saddles
  • Effect of the rider
  • Signs of saddle fit problems
    • Checking for soreness, signs of damage
  • Troubleshooting saddle fit problems
  • How to saddle and mount a horse
  • Breaking in a new saddle
  • Anatomy
  • Myth-busting some "saddle fit myths"
  • Dennis Lane Equine Back Profiling system​​​
  • Conclusion

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