How to Make Sure a Saddle Will Fit When You Buy It Online

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Do you have plans of buying a saddle online? The internet makes it so easy for us to choose from countless saddle brands, models, and styles, but there’s one potential issue that you face when buying tack for sale online: Will the saddle fit once it arrives at your door? Here are some tips to improve the chance that the saddle will be a good fit for both you and your horse.

Know How Particular Brands and Models Fit You and Your Horse

One of the challenging aspects of saddle fit is the fact that different brands and models fit both you and your horse differently. Before you set out to buy a new saddle, try to sit in as many saddles as possible. Get a feel for what works for you and what doesn’t, and make note of what you like in a saddle. Be sure to pay attention to the saddle sizes that work for you, too.

It’s also important to put different saddles on your horse to get an idea of how well they fit him. Some brands just don’t seem to fit particular horses, while another brand might fit your horse like a glove. If you can, then try on the exact model saddle that you plan to order. Make note of the tree size so that you can buy the exact same saddle online.


It’s not always possible to try on the very saddle that you want to buy before you order it. In this case, you may have to do a little estimating. If you know your seat size and the tree size that your horse should be, you can often order a saddle that fits your horse reasonably well. Wither tracings are another tool that you may want to use to order a saddle which is a more accurate fit.

Be Prepared For Returns

Before you order a saddle online, be sure that you can return it if it doesn’t fit. You will have to pay for the return shipping, but you won’t be left holding a saddle that doesn’t fit your horse. Many private sellers don’t allow returns, so if you take a chance on a saddle from a private sale, be prepared for the fact that you may have to resell the saddle yourself if it doesn’t work out for you and your horse.

Buying tack for sale online can save you money in the long run, but it’s a little tricky when it comes to buying a saddle that fits both you and your horse. Put these tips to work to increase the chances that the saddle you buy will work out.

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