Bigger seat vs. smaller seat

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Western Riding > Barrel Racing

Bigger seat vs. smaller seat

This is a discussion on Bigger seat vs. smaller seat within the Barrel Racing forums, part of the Western Riding category
  • Saddle seat size 1/2 inch difference
  • Should you get a barrel seat bigger

Like Tree2Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools
    02-23-2012, 12:24 AM
Bigger seat vs. smaller seat

Just a question, do you prefer to have a bigger seat size, smaller, or correct size when running barrels?

I like a 1/2 inch to an inch bigger seat so I have room to shift my weight and really sit down deep.
Posted via Mobile Device
Sponsored Links
    02-23-2012, 12:36 AM
I like to be snug but not tight. I ride in a 14'' right now and I have some room to move but I am not worried about making a mistake and slipping off (My Mom had me in a 16'' for awhile while we where looking for bigger saddle after I outgrew my 13''. I mean...Dang. I was terrified to make a mistake at all because if I didn't move exactly where I should, the horse would have turned and I would have landed flat on my butt. The fact that the seat was slippery did NOT help)

What I am in now: 14'' Hereford barrel saddle.

    02-23-2012, 01:11 AM
Green Broke
I'm like SH, I like my saddle snug but not too tight..I ride in a 14.5 inch saddle with a high swell. Love it. I really think it also depends on what brand of saddle you get. Some sit and ride bigger than others but feel the same as a small saddle. I have a KO Trading custom barrel saddle and LOVE it.
JustaSkippenJess likes this.
    02-23-2012, 01:24 AM
I have a 14" and a 15" (which my mom swears is actually a 16" so maybe it is?) I actually like my saddles a little bit looser. My 14" always leaves bruises on the insides of my thighs and when I bruise, they stay for weeks, sometimes months. It's not pretty. My 14" is snug and likes to hold me in, but I have a good seat so riding in a 15" (or "16 inch") doesn't really seem to make a difference for me.
    02-23-2012, 10:37 AM
Green Broke
I like to be nice and snug. My rope saddle is a 15 inch, and if it was swells, it would be the best thing ever. But, it's a rope saddle and is always pushing me forward, so I'm getting a barrel saddle in a little bit here for breaking colts and barrel racing (duuuur) and it's going to be a 15"
    02-23-2012, 03:35 PM
I think it is for sure personal preference and how you are used to riding. Personally I like a snugger fitting saddle for speed events, barrel racing, gaming etc. I ride in a 15" billy cook. They don't have the highest backs on them but their seats are nice and deep with roughout all over to keep you nice and secure.

Although when I rope I prefer to ride in a little bit of a looser saddle, not by much but prefer a 15.5-16" so I have some room to move.

Good luck finding what works for you!b :)
    02-23-2012, 07:12 PM
I like a little wiggle room in my saddle.

I run in a 15" saddle but the one I am ordering is a 15.5", just cause I want a little bit more room then I have now.

I think it also depends on the horse.
My mare is pretty ruff compared to some other horses I have run, she is a hard runner, so I prefer with her a little extra room to adjust comfortably when I run her.....where as the really smooth runners with really quick turns I prefer more of a snug fit.
    02-26-2012, 10:34 PM
I like a little extra room in my saddle, about half and inch to an inch bigger then what I would consider a "snug" fit.
    02-26-2012, 10:48 PM
Mine is pretty snug. I don't have a lot of room to move.
    02-26-2012, 10:55 PM
Originally Posted by Tennessee    
Mine is pretty snug. I don't have a lot of room to move.
your stirrups are set a little high too....well from how I like mine anyways.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Discussion of Hunt seat and forward seat Foxhunter English Riding 51 02-22-2012 07:43 PM
Jumping Saddle- Deep Seat vs Shallow Seat petitepyromaniac Horse Tack and Equipment 4 09-22-2011 06:55 AM
Saddle Seat vs. Hunt Seat CountryJay Horse Tack and Equipment 8 07-10-2011 02:29 PM
making seat smaller iamshuler Horse Tack and Equipment 17 08-31-2010 01:15 AM
Lesson - can you learn both hunt seat and saddle seat? jjejjohn English Riding 2 08-04-2009 06:49 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:08 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0