Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
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Can you go to a tack store or consignment store or lessons barn to test-fit a few saddles in different sizes? I would say that at least 3 things affect your seat size: Thigh-length, butt-size, and saddle-style (deep-seat gives less room, pancake-seat gives more room, big knee-blocks scrunch you, etc).
19" seems big for you. I'd love to see you try a few different sizes and styles. You should not feel scrunched. You should not feel like you have "slop". You should feel supported. The reason I say 19" seems pretty big for the body numbers you gave, is because my husband is 6'0" and 195 pounds, and fits beautifully in a 17.5" saddle (flat seat, moderate knee blocks and thin knee-rolls), and my father was 6'3" and 240 pounds and rode in a very flat, plain-flap 18".