Saddle & Saddle Tree Fitting

How to Measure a Western Saddle

Posted On 01/22/2023 By Tom Lamprey

It seems that there is much confusion as to how to measure a western saddle. As a western saddle tree and saddle maker i hope to clear this up for my customers and anyone who might be interested. I measure the tree length from the front of the cantle to the bottom of face of the fork also known as the handhold. This is how i lay the tree fork and bar dimensions out for the proper seat length specified by my customer. Seat length is measured in the wood before the rawhide and leather is applied. Generally I add 1/2" leather thickness to the final seat length when the saddle is finished.

Saddle Seat Measurement

Measurement A - Seat Length
Measurement B - Thigh Length

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