will compress slightly and the rider will come closer to their
horse. Stübben saddles should not need to be reflocked, unless
you have changed horses, extreme weight gain or loss, or if
you are experiencing other fitting problems.
new Stübben saddle should be used for the first 20 hours with
no saddle pad underneath.
Stübben saddle is a specialized item of sporting equipment.
It has the complex job of uniting the horse and rider, no
easy task if you consider their very different anatomies.
The experience and skill of craftsman, perfected over generations
and developed into an art, ensure that both horse and rider
are fitted flawlessly.
It is important
that the saddle does not interfere with the natural movement
of the horse. The saddle should be placed forward on the withers
and slid back until it finds its place securely behind
the shoulder without pressing on the withers. Attach the
girth using only the first and third billets. The second billet
is used only as a spare. Split end girths allow for equal
tension without creating bulkiness under the leg, when using
the first and third billets. This allows for a quiet fitting
saddle with equal tension distributed from front to back.
If the saddle is
placed too far forward on the withers and shoulder, the constriction
will interfere with the stride! To check the fit with the
saddle girthed, lift the foreleg forward and be sure the points
of the tree are not on the shoulder blade.
When it is girthed,
the pommel of the saddle should be approximately 1" lower
than the cantle. When the pommel-cantle relationship is correct,
then you must check the clearance between the withers and
the channel under the pommel. On a new saddle, the
clearance should be a minimum of 2 fingers. Keep in
mind that once the saddle is broken in, the panel flocking
will compress slightly and give your horse a custom fit.
Each new Stübben
saddle should be used for the first 20 hours with no saddle
pad underneath. This will allow the panel to absorb the
sweat from your horse. The end result will be a saddle that
fits the shape of your horse's back.