We are going to be working on a number of articles on how to map your horses back profile for use in purchasing a custom made saddle tree and saddle. The system is also very helpful for purchasing a used saddle. So we are going to be addressing this problem that so many people have. How do I fit a saddle to my horses back.
We use the Dennis Lane Profile Card System. It is widely accepted by a large number of tree and saddle makers. It is simple to use and understand and it ships very reasonably $20.00 in most cases. We rent the D Lane cards to customers that are purchasing our saddles or trees. The rental fee is reimbursed upon return.
You can print our Dennis Lane Profile Form off here and send via email or pdf. Here is a link to Dennis Lane Equine Profile Card Dennis Lane has a video on how to use the cards and it is very explanatory here is the link to the video Dennis Lane Card Video. We take our measurements a little further in that we ask for about 5 or 6 more measurements than are in the video. We feel these are important to get a more accurate map of the horses back. For a lot of horseman the D Lane Cards are a great investment. They will work on almost any horse and they are durable and should last a long time if you take care of them. You will save yourself a lot of headache and a lot of money by using them.
So to begin I like the old saying a picture is worth a thousand words and in the case of saddle and tree fitting the adage is certainly true. The most important thing to start with is the horse has to be standing square and facing forward with the topline as straight as possible make sure you have the horse standing on level ground, concrete is even better. It is probably easier to have a friend help to steady the horse. Be patient and be thorough. Introduce the cards slowly as they can be a little scary, especially to a young horse.
There are 3 sets of profile cards marked A, B, and C and there is a set of 2 Rock Cards marked R3, R6, R9, and R 12.