Tucker Saddles: How to Measure your Horse

If you are unsure which Tucker Saddle tree your horse needs, Tucker Saddles recommends that you measure your horse. Obtain a device called a “flexible curve”. This measuring tool is easily found at an office or art supply store. It should be at least 18” long. You may also use a piece of copper wire (or solder) found at most hardware stores. You will use it to take a shape of your horse’s back in four (4) places and then trace that shape onto sturdy paper or poster board. Use a separate piece of paper for each tracing.

Photo A
Photo B
Photo C
  1. Bend the flexible curve in half and place it over the horse’s withers where the fork of the Tucker Saddle tree would sit. Conform the flexible curve on the withers and shoulders by pressing it to follow the shape of your horse, as shown in the A photo above.

  2. Then carefully take the flexible curve off your horse and lay it on the paper, taking care not to change the shape that you have obtained. Trace the underside edge of the curve, making a line that is your horse’s shape, as shown in C. Mark the pattern to show the left and right side of your horse.

  3. Repeat #1 and #2 steps above 7” back from first measurement.

  4. Repeat #1 and #2 steps above at 15” behind where the first measurement was taken.

  5. After taking the three shapes above, straighten out the curve and place it lengthwise on your horse’s back from the withers to the croup, as shown in photo B. Then follow step #2 above.

  6. Include photos of your horse from both sides with his head in a natural up position facing forward. Be sure that the horse is standing square on all four feet and is not wearing a saddle, saddle pad or blanket.

  7. Send the four drawings and your photos to us at:
    Outfitters Supply
    7373 US Highway 2 East
    Columbia Falls, MT 59912

    We will forward these to Circle Y / Tucker Saddlery for fit evaluation with your order.

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