How do you measure gullet size on a saddle?

Unfortunately, no standards for gullet measurements exist within the saddle industry. Most gullet measurements are taken on a raw saddle tree and not on a finished saddle. Once a saddle is finished, there is really no way to determine the gullet width.
A good rule of thumb to use for gullet fit is that there should be clearance of two to four finger-widths between the withers and the gullet.
Standard measurements for gullets described in Horseman’s Handbook of Western Saddles

HorseQuest Learning Lesson: Understanding Bits for Horses

Western Bridle on a Horse

Understanding how a bit works in the horse’s mouth will help you select the most appropriate bit for the job and appreciate the craftsmanship of well balanced and constructed bits.

Learning Objectives

In Understanding Bits for Horses the following learning objectives are addressed.

  1. Learn how to categorize bits.
  2. Learn about variation in bit construction.
  3. How to introduce training principles related to bit use.

What will you learn in the Bits and Bitting Lesson

 

 

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