The placement of a saddle should allow for freedom  of movement of the
scapula.  The front of the saddle should sit at the 7th thoracic vertebra.
On a horse the 7th thoracic vertebra is at the withers.  On a donkey the 7th
thoracic vertebra is slightly farther back.  It is important that on a
donkey the girth is placed far enough back that it does not slide the saddle
forward so it interferes with the shoulder movement. 





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