How to make a wither tracing
What you'll need:
- Flexible curve (14-16 inches)
- Kraft paper or manila folder
- Pencil or pen
STEP 1: Find the rearward end of your horse's shoulder. It's usually about 2.5" or 3 fingers width behind the shoulder.
STEP 2: Dip your finger in water and make a line on your horse's coat. This is the point where the saddle tree fits over your horse's withers.
STEP 3: Mold the flexible curve across the withers, making sure it's snug on both sides. You can test it by picking the curve up and putting it back down across the horse's back. Once you're sure it's accurate, gently lift the curve up and lay it on the tracing paper. At this point, you need to write on the manila folder which side of the wither tracing is the left and right side of the horse. The right side of the horse is the right side when sitting on the horse facing forwards (the on side of the horse). Now trace your pen or pencil along the underside of the curve onto the paper. When using your pen or pencil on the manila folder, please place the flexible curve so that the narrow part of the flexible curve is centered on the manila folder.
STEP 4: The last step is the spine/top trace. IMPORTANT: Start at the same point where you took the wither tracing in Step 1. Straighten out the flexible curve and lay it on the horse's spine, moulding it to conform to the shape of the spine. Carefully remove the curve and place it onto the same paper and trace the underside of the curve onto the paper, making sure to include as much as possible. This step determines the size of the saddle's gusset, which allows proper balance on your horse. Please try to draw the spine/top trace along the bottom of the manila folder intersecting the wither tracing from step 3.
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