It can be hard to know if your saddle has been fitted well – your horse can’t tell you when something’s wrong, so you have to keep an eye out for some key indicators.
One way to do this is to look at the sweat and dirt marks left on your horse’s saddle pad.
By looking at these signs, you can get a sense of your saddle’s fit and what needs to be adjusted.
The two key concepts.
These are the most valuable things to remember when looking at sweat patterns:
- Sweat and dirt marks should be symmetrical.
Symmetry means that the saddle is sitting evenly on your horse. Sometimes non-symmetrical marks don’t indicate a bad fit and sometimes a problematic fit can still result in symmetry.
But as a general rule of thumb, this is a great one to go by.
- The centre line of you saddle pad (the gullet) should be dry.
Under no circumstances do you want the saddle to be rubbing or touching the spine of your horse.
How to interpret sweat and dirt patches.
Larger amounts of dirt and more darkness generally suggest that more rubbing is occurring in this area.
Ideally, rubbing is minimal and is spread out evenly.
Dirt at the front of the saddle pad means that the saddle is too wide and is being pushed forward.
Dirt at the back of the saddle pad could mean that the saddle is the wrong shape, or that the rider is sitting too far back in the saddle.
Diagonal dark patches indicate the points at which the saddle is swinging and rubbing. Diagonal points usually mean that the saddle will need to be custom adjusted to your horse.
Heaving rubbing on one side means the saddle is leaning to the opposite. In the diagram above, the saddle is leaning to the right.
This can also be caused by the way the horse is ridden, or the length of your stirrups.
Sweat and dirt patches are a rough guide. The most important step to getting a comfortable saddle fit is being attentive to your horse; their mood, their sensitivity and any tension in their muscles. Contact a saddle fitter if you suspect you aren’t able to get your saddle to fit nicely.
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Average Shed Cost By Industry
Equestrian/Riding Arenas: $100,000
Educational/Ball Court Covers: $87,000
Aviation/Aircraft Hangars: $70,000
Custom Designed: $67,000
See a more detailed breakdown of shed prices in the chart below:
|Commercial||$25,000 - $150,000||$150,000 - $270,000||$270,000 - $500,000|
|Industrial||$25,000 - $50,000||$50,000 - $150,000||$150,000 - $930,000|
|Equestrian||$25,000 - $60,000||$60,000 - $130,000||$130,000 - $250,000|
|Educational||$12,000 - $50,000||$50,000 - $115,000||$115,000 - $330,000|
|Aviation||$17,000 - $50,000||$50,000 - $80,000||$80,000 - $150,000|
|Custom||$10,000 - $30,000||$30,000 - $80,000||$80,000 - $200,000|
|Rural||$20,000 - $45,000||$45,000 - $150,000||$150,000 - $350,000|
|Domestic||$5,000 - $16,000||$16,000 - $30,000||$30,000 - $70,000|
These prices are estimates, and don’t take into account the details of your project. For an exact quote, contact us with details of your project. We have a team of engineers and draftsmen who value-engineer every job to ensure you get the safest building and the most cost effective price.
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Some of the most amazing & impressive projects we’ve been involved with have been custom buildings for habitable dwellings.
These are the projects where the client has worked with an architect to design their ideal building and then come to us to help engineer and build the steel frame.
These projects are always stunning – they look magnificent and they’re bold, unique buildings. Not a lot of architects and designers opt for the simplicity and reliability of steel frames like those we work with.
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