How to Take a Heart Girth Measurement
Whether your choose to go with a standard girth that is included with the price of the saddle you are buying, or choose to upgrade to one of our premium girths, sending us a heart girth measurement is the best way to ensure that your girth will be the correct size for your horse and saddle. But if you are buying a new saddle, the heart girth measurement isn't the only thing we need! Please read our Saddle Fitment page entirely to learn what you need to send so that all of your gear can be customized for an optimal fit.
To take a heart girth measurement, note where an Australian saddle will sit on your horse when properly positioned. The front edge of the saddle will be forward, on the withers, directly above the back edge of your horse's front leg. The red line shows where the front edge of the saddle will be, and is also the location where you should make a wither tracing if you are buying a new saddle. The green line is where you should measure the entire circumference of your horse. It should be where the girth will go, which is about 4 inches behind the red line, or front edge of the saddle. Use a soft or flexible measuring tape to measure the entire distance around your horse at the point of the green line. Send us the measurement, in inches, and we will make sure you receive the proper size girth! You can either include the measurement in a comment field with your order when you place it on line, or you can call us a (800) 395-8225, or email it to:firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are sending us an email after you have submitted your order online, please include your name, phone number, and the saddle you have or are interested in to make sure we can match up your order and your email.
This video from Down Under Saddlery contains instructions on taking both a heart girth measurement and a wither tracing: