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post #1 of 17 Old 10-27-2009, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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I just recently started riding English and I'm looking for English saddles but I'm not sure what size I am. In Western I'm a 16.5 so does anyone know what I would be in English? Thanks!

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post #2 of 17 Old 10-27-2009, 06:17 PM
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I believe you would be like a 17 1/2, but every saddle is a little different

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post #3 of 17 Old 10-27-2009, 06:48 PM
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check out a saddle fitter, english saddles can cause back problems if not fitting well
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post #4 of 17 Old 10-27-2009, 07:24 PM
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I believe that you need to go up 2 sizes if you are a 16.5 western , you would need a 18.5 English ?
Someone else can correct me if I am wrong , but that is what I have always heard.
I agree though ,to consult a saddle fitter and sit in as many different saddles you can to find the right fit /comfort.
I ride is a 16 " seat western but my english saddle is 17.5 and seems to fit me ok, I think it just depends on the saddle.

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post #5 of 17 Old 10-27-2009, 08:37 PM
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if an english saddle fits you [in the seat] you should be able to put one hand behind your bum & not have it fall off over the cantle =]

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I am 99.9% sure it is 2 sizes larger then a western saddle. So you would be an 18.5 inch seat

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post #7 of 17 Old 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?

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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.

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post #8 of 17 Old 11-22-2009, 03:37 PM
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Just another point to add, 18.5 saddles are extremely hard to find. The most common seat sizes for adults are between 16.5 and 18. Anything below 16.5 is kid's size and considered pony saddles.
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post #9 of 17 Old 11-22-2009, 04:00 PM
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So, fitting english saddle to the human is ALOT easier than fitting them to a horse. The main thing about fitting them to a human is to know that the seat length is less about the size of you butt and more about the length of your thigh. You should be able to sit in a saddle and have 4 fingers of room between the back of your butt and the top of the cantle and have 1-2 fingers between the front of your knee and the front of the flap. They measure the seat size of an english saddle by taking the measurement from the top of the cantle to one of the two pins (one on either side) that run through the side of the pommel. I reccommend that you go to a tack store and ask to try a few saddles in varying sizes to get an idea of what seat size you're looking for, as that's the most accurate way to find out, but if you wan't to buy via the internet, you can always ask the seller to measure from cantle to kneeflap to check that length. Hope this helps:) Best of luck finding a saddle!

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post #10 of 17 Old 11-22-2009, 04:26 PM
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Do you have a tack store or used tack store that you can go sit in some saddles and find the size that fits you best?

Like others have said you really need to get one that fits your horse well too. I use a 15 in western and 16.5 in english... so there isn't a formula- sorry.

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