11-22-2009, 11:19 AM
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Western + 2 inch - sorry- it doesn't really work that way.
An 18.5 inch English saddle is very long and unless the rider has a really big butt then it will be too big and she'll be slopping about.
Fit the horse first - width and length - then sit on the saddle and ask yourself if it is comfortable.
There is also the question of cut - ie dressage, working hunter or GP
And of course whether it is deep seated ie high cantel and pommel
Then whether it is made of soft leather or hard leather,
Then does it have big knee rolls
And does it go round the horse's barrel
And is the horse's back wide and flat or narrow and high
But most importantly - does it fit the horse and does it suit you and do you feel comfortable on it?
Ladies, would you buy a wedding dress over the internet ?
You are only going to wear that dress once - or maybe twice, or perhaps three times or possibly four times - all depends on the number of husbands - but the saddle - well you are going to to sit on that maybe 5 or 6 times a week.
Choose that saddle as carefully as you are going to choose the husband.