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Measuring for Bridles

Here's the measurements I need to get the best fit: (for the ones that I show as adjustable, give me what you would like as your medium adjustment measurement)

  • Poll: from brow band to brow band, across top of the poll (behind ears). (this is not adjustable on BKTE bridles)
  • Brow band: from front edge of bridle side pc. across brow to other front edge of bridle side piece. (This means you measure from just BEHIND and BELOW the ear, leaving room for the ear to move/rotate freely.) (this will be adjustable on BKTE bridles or if choosing the adjustable brow-band on the "regular" style halter bridles )
  • Sides for bitted bridles: From brow-band to top of bit ring. (this will be adjustable)
    (Or from top of bit ring, over the poll, to top of bit ring will work also)
  • Throat-latch: From brow-band under throat back to other side of brow-band - hanging as loose as you would use it. (This will be adjustable)

For Side Pulls only:

  • Sides for Side Pulls: From brow-band to about 2 fingers below tear bones (or where you want the nose band to lie) (this will be adjustable)
  • Nose Band for Side Pulls: Across top of nose where you want nose-band to lie (about 2 fingers under tear bones) to directly above corners of mouth. (dot on diagram)
  • Jaw Strap for Side Pulls: Using same spot as in above measurement (about 2 fingers under tear bones and directly above corners of mouth) measure from that point (dot on diagram) under jaw to same spot on other side.
  • Measure completely around face at the same location (about 2 fingers below tear bones) where you want nose piece to lie.

For Halter Bridles:

In addition to the above measurements, I also need:

  • Nose Band measurement: measure completely around face where nose band will lie. (This will be adjustable)
  • Sides: measure from browband to where you want noseband to lie. (This will be adjustable)

measuring for bridles

Measuring for Chaps & Chinks:

  • Outside Leg: From top of chap/chink belt (which is usually the bottom of your pants belt) to bottom of where you want chaps/chinks to end (not including fringe)

  • Inseam: Couple inches below crotch to bottom of where you want your chaps or chinks to end Ė not including fringe.

  • Thigh: Widest part, measured a little loose - not tight. (I will add 1 1/2Ē to this measurement on Chaps. Chinks and Batwings have adjustable straps.)

  • Calf: Widest part, measured loosely (I will add 4 1/2Ē to this measurement to allow for knee bending on Chaps.) This measurement is not needed for Chinks or Batwings.

  • Waist: Measure over clothing that you normally wear riding and below your belt, which is where chaps & chinks are normally worn. (there is quite a bit of adjustment in waist belts)

  • Hay Chaps need only a waist and length measurement.

Measuring for Chest Straps

The only measurement we need for 2 pc. chest straps is from the center front of chest, where the two chest pieces and the strap going to the cinch meet - from there follow the front of the shoulder blade up to about 14" below, and in front of, the withers. This allows room for the pommel strap and the attachment strap between the chest piece and the pommel strap. There is about 8" - 15" of adjustment in the attachment straps. The Pommel Strap rings lie about 2" below the withers.

measuring for chest straps

Measuring for Riding Britchins

  • Butt piece:The main measurement for the riding britchin is the butt piece. Measure around the butt, at the level where Britchin will lie, to a couple inches behind the flank on both sides. You donít want the butt piece poking them in the flank. Make sure you measure high enough on the butt/thigh - most people tend to set their britchins too low, which causes them to rub excessively when the animal moves.

  • Behind flank to saddle D: Just behind flank (where butt piece will end) to rear rigging D ring (on saddle) - preferably rear rigging D if your saddle has them, but if not then to the front rigging D.

  • Behind flank to cinch ring: Just behind flank to front cinch ring (ring on cinch itself)

  • Croup to butt piece: From top of croup down to where butt piece will lay. (If you arenít clear on what Iím meaning on this one, donít worry, itís not really that important as there is quite a bit of adjustment on these straps. But if your animal is extra large or small, this measurement will be helpful)

measuring for riding britchins

Measuring for Pack Saddles

  • #1Measure around the butt, at level where Britchin will lie, to a couple inches behind the flank on both sides. (to determine the length of the butt piece itself, not including it's straps)
  • #2Measure from just under the tail level down to the butt piece level (vertical measurement - see diagram) (this is for the distance between the two pieces on the double britchin)
  • #3Measure across the chest around past the point of shoulder, where the breast collar should be. (to determine the length of the breast collar itself, not including it's straps)
  • #4Measure COMPLETELY around the animal, from front to back, to get total circumference of animal at chest collar/britchin level.
  • #5Measure COMPLETELY around the animal, vertically, at the front and at the rear cinch locations (For Saw Buck Pack Saddles). (Two measurements, about 6-8" apart.)
    For Salmon River Pack Saddles, just one measurement at cinch location.

measuring for pack saddles


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