Hire the Flex Tree Fit Kit
The surest way to know how a saddle truly fits the horse is to put a saddle tree identical to the one inside onto the horse's back; something both impractical and often impossible to do. This situation arises because there are no official, industry-wide standards or a uniform classification system for the fit (underside shape) of saddle trees and thus saddles. Tree makers, saddlers and riders must use either ambiguous, breed-specific names or the three frequently used measurements (gullet height, gullet width, and bar spread) to describe or classify the many fits available. Even when a saddle is said to have a certain fit, there is no real way to
know the true shape of the tree inside, i.e. a saddle labeled as a quarter-horse fit. It is fair to ask and reasonable to expect accurate, factual answers to the following questions
- Who made the tree?
- What shape does that particular tree maker call a
- Is every tree maker's 'quarter-horse fit' the same?
- Is this one identical to the last quarter-horse fit saddle bought?
Answers have been hard to come by - until now. To answer these questions and eliminate any uncertainty
regarding Equi-Fit ® saddle trees and the saddles built on them, Steele Saddle Tree Company introduces Fit To Be Seen® (FTBS), the Equi-Fit ® saddle tree fit identification and demonstration system. The Kuda FTBS consists of 2 'fit forms'. These fit forms are fiberglass moldings that duplicate precisely 2 of the most widely used fits in our Kuda Equi-Fit ® saddle tree line.
When placed on the horse's back, the fit forms literally allow the fit to be seen unobstructed by the saddle skirts, rigging and stirrup leathers. We realise that not everyone is an expert on fit, but serious fit problems are usually obvious with an unobscured view.
Fit To Be Seen® was developed in response to the many requests we receive for information concerning saddle fit and to address the near total absence of information available concerning same. Additionally, it is not possible to accurately describe the three dimensional shape of the bottom of a saddle tree using three measurements or a breedspecific name. Absent universally accepted and utilized standards, FTBS enables us to clearly identify and actually demonstrate a cross section of our extensive variety of fits. Fit To Be Seen® also enables saddlers to demonstrate the fits of their various saddles to dealers and stores, gives sales representatives a system to classify the fits of the various saddles they represent to buyers, and allows stores to provide what amounts to 'custom' fitting of the 'production' saddles they carry to individual horses. Everyone benefits: saddlers, stores, sales representatives, riders and - ultimately - horses.
Buying a saddle by labeled fit only - actual fit to the horse's back unseen - could be compared to buying a pair of shoes without being able to try them on. . . just buying ones labeled 'long and narrow', for example, because persons of your ancestry tend to have long, narrow feet; then not even knowing for certain if they are long and narrow until after you buy them and try them on.
FTBS eliminates the guesswork. No longer must riders wait on dry spots, white hairs, swelling or sores to find out their 'quarter horse' saddle doesn't fit their quarter horse. Fit To Be Seen makes it possible to know, before ordering your new Kuda Flex Saddle, exactly how the Equi-Fit tree inside is shaped and see how that shape conforms to the horse's back to be fit.
Hiring the kit: once your payment of $70 comes through to us, we will send you the fits in the post for your to try on your horse/s. We recommend taking photos and sending them to us. It's a great idea to get someone to help you as you will need to ask your horse to lift his belly (see photos) by scratching him along the midline of his belly. This then shows how the horse will lift his back when in motion.
When you are done with the shells, simply return them for a refund less postage costs.