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 WHERE IS THE GULLET LOCATED?
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pjb30153
Tenderfoot

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Posted - 10/27/2005 :  7:19:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit pjb30153's Homepage Send pjb30153 a Private Message
Where is the location of the Gullet on the Horse and the saddle which everyone calls the Gullet Width. And, Using the Cut-out Templates on this site, where do you place the template to check for proper fit, and how much Room should there be between the Top of the Template, and the Withers of the horse?
I Need a Saddle that FITS !!!!

Chuck
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Posted - 10/27/2005 :  9:16:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit Chuck's Homepage Send Chuck a Private Message
The gullet(fork of the tree) will rest over the withers. This would be almost directly above the back of the elbow, or 1-2 inches in front of where the cinch strap would be.

So, long as the template is not resting on top of the withers, you will have proper clearance.

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Chuck
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Posted - 10/27/2005 :  9:16:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit Chuck's Homepage Send Chuck a Private Message
The gullet(fork of the tree) will rest over the withers. This would be almost directly above the back of the elbow, or 1-2 inches in front of where the cinch strap would be.

So, long as the template is not resting on top of the withers, you will have proper clearance.

Chuck

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pjb30153
Tenderfoot

USA
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Posted - 10/28/2005 :  09:56:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit pjb30153's Homepage Send pjb30153 a Private Message
In reference to the template, should you not have about 2-1/2 inches between top of template and the withers? I assume from Chuck's reply, that this is an area (on the horse) which does NOT support weight? Thanks Chuck.
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pjb30153
Tenderfoot

USA
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Posted - 10/28/2005 :  09:56:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit pjb30153's Homepage Send pjb30153 a Private Message
In reference to the template, should you not have about 2-1/2 inches between top of template and the withers? I assume from Chuck's reply, that this is an area (on the horse) which does NOT support weight? Thanks Chuck.
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Chuck
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Posted - 10/28/2005 :  12:23:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit Chuck's Homepage Send Chuck a Private Message
Not on the template. I purposefully made the templates shorter than the lowest gullet clearance, so that if it does not rest on the withers, you should be fine.

Chuck

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Chuck
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Posted - 10/28/2005 :  12:23:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit Chuck's Homepage Send Chuck a Private Message
Not on the template. I purposefully made the templates shorter than the lowest gullet clearance, so that if it does not rest on the withers, you should be fine.

Chuck

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pjb30153
Tenderfoot

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Posted - 10/28/2005 :  2:08:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit pjb30153's Homepage Send pjb30153 a Private Message
Could you Draw a Picture of what a Good Fit looks like? HOW DO YOU TELL IF THE GULLET IS TOO WIDE OR TOO NARROW?
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pjb30153
Tenderfoot

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Posted - 10/28/2005 :  2:08:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit pjb30153's Homepage Send pjb30153 a Private Message
Could you Draw a Picture of what a Good Fit looks like? HOW DO YOU TELL IF THE GULLET IS TOO WIDE OR TOO NARROW?
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Chuck
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Posted - 10/28/2005 :  3:23:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Chuck's Homepage Send Chuck a Private Message
I recommend taking your horse to a saddle fitter and getting some hands on training. I do have some fitting guidelines at http://www.dailyequine.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2368 but it is in no way exhaustive of fitting issues. In addition to the guidelines you can get a pure white, thin, pad making contact with the horse to check for a uniform dirty area where the bars should be putting pressure on the horse. I have yet to see a drawing showing all aspects of a proper fitting saddle - I'd love to have one though.

Chuck

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Chuck
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Posted - 10/28/2005 :  3:23:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Chuck's Homepage Send Chuck a Private Message
I recommend taking your horse to a saddle fitter and getting some hands on training. I do have some fitting guidelines at http://www.dailyequine.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2368 but it is in no way exhaustive of fitting issues. In addition to the guidelines you can get a pure white, thin, pad making contact with the horse to check for a uniform dirty area where the bars should be putting pressure on the horse. I have yet to see a drawing showing all aspects of a proper fitting saddle - I'd love to have one though.

Chuck

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