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  • Im 5'6" and 120 lbs. will a 17 inch saddle fit me
  • What size endurance saddle for 5'7'', 160 lb. lady

 
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    11-10-2012, 10:38 AM
  #1
Foal
Quick Saddle Fitting Question

I'm looking at buying an English saddle on ebay. I've been trying to find a post on size/person size just to get an idea but I've come up lacking any meaningful information. At our barn, all of our saddles are have 17" seats and they're definitely too big for me (I can fit more than my whole hand between me and the cantle).

I'm looking at 15" saddles and I was just trying to see if you guys thought there'd be any way that I might fit in a saddle most people consider a "Youth/Child" (15") size considering:

-I'm male, 5'6", and weigh ~120-125.
-Athletic build/tiny butt haha.
-I'm looking at close contact saddles and I know one's seat size might be different than it would for a dressage saddle.

For comparison, and I really only want to know for the sake of sizing purposes, what do you ride in and how "big" are you.

I want to say in advance, I appreciate all of your help and thank you!
     
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    11-10-2012, 10:51 AM
  #2
Yearling
Just a quick tip - Go to your nearest tack store and size shop That's my plan for if/when I decide to get a western saddle. Tell them that you're going to be looking for a saddle in the future and want to have a look at what they've got. I did that when I was trying to work out what size I was, and actually ended up finding the perfect saddle in the process...
     
    11-10-2012, 10:55 AM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by Tracer    
Just a quick tip - Go to your nearest tack store and size shop That's my plan for if/when I decide to get a western saddle. Tell them that you're going to be looking for a saddle in the future and want to have a look at what they've got. I did that when I was trying to work out what size I was, and actually ended up finding the perfect saddle in the process...
Everything around me is western focused
     
    11-10-2012, 11:09 AM
  #4
Yearling
Well that throws a spanner in the works. Do you know what size you are in a western saddle? I read somewhere recently that your western size is 2 inches less than your english size... Maybe you could try that theory.
     
    11-10-2012, 12:54 PM
  #5
Started
My hubby is around your size (117 lbs)and he needs a 14" western, 16" English. Are the 17" saddles you're trying out western? Wouldn't surprise me if you swam in those. A 17" western is too big for me, and I have a big butt.
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    11-10-2012, 12:56 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by nikelodeon79    
My hubby is around your size (117 lbs)and he needs a 14" western, 16" English. Are the 17" saddles you're trying out western? Wouldn't surprise me if you swam in those. A 17" western is too big for me, and I have a big butt.
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They're 17" English. Pretty standard for everyone but me haha.
     
    11-10-2012, 01:22 PM
  #7
Foal
I'm 5-7 and about 160 lbs and wish I had a bit more butt.. that being said I ride a 16 western and a 16 Australian as well. You do want a little room, but not a lot. The best way I found to buy a saddle that fits..is to sit in the one I want to buy. There are variables in every manufacturer..just like shoes. I think even more important is...fitting the saddle to the horse.
     
    11-10-2012, 04:17 PM
  #8
Weanling
Hiya Texansport!

For your height and weight I would aim for a 16" english saddle. You should be able to fit your hand sideways both in front(pommel) and in back(cantle) of you in the saddle. As a lot of people have mentioned try and see a new saddle in person to get a better idea on how its going to work for you.

Good Luck!!
     
    11-13-2012, 12:51 AM
  #9
Yearling
I'm female, 5'9", 140 pounds. Small butt, long legs. I use a 17.5" A/P and jumping saddle. No idea what dressage size I use.

My Dad was 6'4" with small butt and short legs, and used an 18" A/P saddle.

My husband is 6' with same inseam as me, and I can't find a saddle for him at all. He gets his equipment smashed in my 17.5" saddle.

Don't look at a 15" saddle. That's a kid's size. MY 8-year-old just grew out of her 15" and is now in a 16" saddle (roomy for now, but they grow so fast).

I'm most familiar with fitting women. Typically (and very general, here), a petite woman will use a 16"-16.5", an average woman a 16.5"-17", and a taller woman a 17.5-18", depending on butt-size as well, of course. Kids and young teens will use a 16".

You may have difficulty finding a jumping saddle (I assume that by close contact you mean jumping?) that feels right on your tiny butt and still fits your legs correctly. You should probably have a 16.5" seat with longer flaps - difficult to find. You may have to end up compromising a little bit on either flap-fit or seat-fit. If money is of no concern, you can find something to fit just about any body shape. If you're on a budget, a compromise might be necessary.

If you google "English saddle seat size calculator" you should find some good sites. These 2 might help you get started. Any tables or calculators will be estimates. There's no substitute for sitting in the saddle.
http://secondhandsaddleshq.com/saddl...-size-for-you/


http://www.tackwholesale.com/article...tsizechart.htm
     
    11-13-2012, 01:18 AM
  #10
Trained
I'm a girl, but I suspect I'm about your size.

My saddle is a 15.5' an that's as small as I will go. I think a 16'' would fit you fine.
     

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