Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
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Since you've been on the Stubben website, you probably know this already, but I'll write it anyway in case you don't know it.
By definition, Stubbens tree sizes (the distance between tree-points) are:
28 = narrow
29 = med/narrow
30 = medium
Xtra wide is a 34.
They also have 1/2 sizes. 30.5 and 31.5 are fairly common.
Now what's much more open to interpretation is just what does that mean, and I think that's what you're really asking. Good question. Don't take my answer as truth. This is just what I've observed and slowly learned. Others probably have different experiences and better knowledge. Don't buy that saddle until several of us have chimed in and compare notes.
I've heard that Stubbens run trueto-size. I've also heard they run narrow. I've also been told that the older ones ran narrow, and the newer ones more true. I find them narrow, but I've only dealt with older ones (70's and 80's). And, I'm comparing to my favorite go-to saddle: my Passier, which is a very generous medium.
Here's what I've found. On a horse that my Passier medium fit very nicely, a Stubben 31cm (M/W) fit quite nicely. On a horse that my Passier medium was a tad too small on, and the Wintec Wide gullet plate sat nicely on, a Stubben 32 fit nicely. So does that mean that you can use a Wintec gauge to estimate the Stubben tree-size? Sorry - no clue. It will probably get you close, but is no replacement for actually trying the saddle.
Last edited by freia; 06-16-2013 at 08:08 PM.