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post #11 of 23 Old 12-05-2011, 07:47 AM
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And for sizing, i'd assume (guessing your age) that a 17inch would be the best fit saddle. (I'm 17 and ride in an 18 inch.)
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I don't think you can go on age for this, I'm 21 this month and I ride in a 15.5inch, my 19 year old friend and my 46year old dad ride in 16.5 inches.
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post #12 of 23 Old 12-05-2011, 07:55 AM
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I don't think you can go on age for this, I'm 21 this month and I ride in a 15.5inch, my 19 year old friend and my 46year old dad ride in 16.5 inches.
Definitely agree. Depends greatly on your size. I have never known anyone to use an english saddle that is 18-19 inches! (perhaps some large men who field hunt?) Most range from 15.5-17. Perhaps you are measuring wrong?

OP-remember that you, as well as your horse are still growing and changing. You would be better off borrowing if at all possible.

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Finding a decent saddle for under $100 is going to be a huge push, and I would highly doubt that a saddle in this price bracket will be a)useable - broken trees are more common than you'd think! and b) a suitable fit for your horse and c) a suitable fit for you.

There are also a number of different types of english saddles. Dressage, general/all purpose and jumping are the main 3. No one saddle will suit every rider or horse, I hate one saddle and my friend loves it. One saddle gives me such bad cramping in my hips that I've got off almost throwing up after 15mins, while the next person can ride for hours.

English does require a degree of muscular strength - english saddles don't 'lock you in' like a western saddle does, but it's not a matter of gripping on and riding like a tin soldier. The strength comes from your core muscles :)

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post #14 of 23 Old 12-05-2011, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for your advice! I ride barback all the time and post bareback too..Don't you think that uses a lot of core muscles? I know that there is lots of diffrent saddles out there and it will take time to find the correct one for my horse and I. Thanks again for all the advice. =)

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i have a saddle i'd let you have for about 50 bucks. however it is NOT that nice. the knee rolls are a bit crunchy lol and there are a few spots that have stitching comming out. however it is very useable. i paid 100 dollars for the darned thing and it is to wide of a tree for my horses.


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i have a saddle i'd let you have for about 50 bucks. however it is NOT that nice. the knee rolls are a bit crunchy lol and there are a few spots that have stitching comming out. however it is very useable. i paid 100 dollars for the darned thing and it is to wide of a tree for my horses.
How tall/big is your horse that uses it?
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she needs a narrow tree. one that is about 5 inches. and this one is about 7 inches : / she is 14.2 hands. and about 900 pounds. so she is a small horse. just the saddle isn't small enough. and it's an A/P saddle with no brand. i'll be honest. i bought it from an untrustworthy gal who told me it was a wintec.


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I don't think you can go on age for this, I'm 21 this month and I ride in a 15.5inch, my 19 year old friend and my 46year old dad ride in 16.5 inches.
What kind of saddle? I ride in a close-contact. An all purpose or definatly dressage will run much larger. My 90lb friend rides in a 17". That's the norm here for close contact saddles.

Cause I'm definatly not a large hunt man (as stated above).
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post #19 of 23 Old 12-05-2011, 10:57 AM
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How tall/big is your horse that uses it?

Maybe you could take a couple pictures of your horse's withers? And post them.
A side view and a view from above.

So we can try and help you with the tree size. Generally speaking though, a horse that young will almost always use a regular. He won't be completely filled-out untill he's about 7 or so.
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Sure, I will take few pics of his withers from side and above.. He is 14.1H tall right now but should mature to 15.1H .. Will post them later today. Thanks everyone for all your help ;)
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