Positioning the saddle correctly allows the scapula to
rotate/ slide several inches without interference or injury from the tree.
The best technique for positioning the saddle is to push
it down and back until it stops at a spot dictated
by the horse's conformation. Typically people stop pushing before
the saddle stops sliding. This results in the saddle
being still too far forward on the horse's withers.
Once the saddle is in the correct position, find the points
and place your finger or a mark under the points. Assuming the points
are approximately 2.5”-3” behind the back edge of the
horse's scapula, this is where your tracing will be
If the saddle you are using has forward points,
as many of the older jumping saddles do, do not use it to determine
point position. Simply find a
spot 2.5”-3” behind the scapula.