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    12-09-2012, 12:40 PM
What size saddle?

I'm looking to get a Dressage saddle, but I'm not really sure what size seat to look for. I ride Western and normally I ride in a 14 inch but I think I fit better in a 15 inch (the barn doesn't have any rideable 15 inches-they are all very stiff). What size would I fit best in for a Dressage saddle? I am only 13 and about 5' 4".

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    12-09-2012, 12:45 PM
A very general rule is to add 1 1/2 inches for English saddles. However, there's a lot of other factors that go into this, particularly your femur length, so it would be best to try out a few saddles with different seat and flap lengths before you buy.
    12-09-2012, 12:51 PM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
A very general rule is to add 1 1/2 inches for English saddles. However, there's a lot of other factors that go into this, particularly your femur length, so it would be best to try out a few saddles with different seat and flap lengths before you buy.
One of the issues I have is that we don't have any English tack shops around here (just Western) and I don't have anywhere to try out English saddles :/
    12-09-2012, 12:57 PM
If you buy new, a lot of tack stores like SmartPak and ClassicSaddlery offer trials with different saddles.
    12-09-2012, 01:12 PM
Do a search for English saddle seat size calculator, and you should find several different tables, calculators, and measurement ways to estimate your seat size. Do several of them and see what result you get the most. That could be your starting point.
For English saddles, you're looking for the seat to fit you well, but the flaps also need to fit your leg-length, so there are a lot of variables. Also, the saddle design will make you fit various saddles differently. I "normally" ride in a 17.5" saddle. However, my favorite, and old, flat Passier, fit right in a 17", because it's actually measures a 17.25", and the flat seat makes it roomier than a deep seat. In a deep seat, I sometimes like a 18" better, especially if the flaps are on the shorter side and I need to accommodate my freakish legs.
You don't mention anything about your build. At your age and height, and the current size addle you use, I would guess that you'd probably be looking at a 16.5" saddle, give or take 1/2" depending on the saddle design.
Make sure that anything you buy has a return policy, because even if you determine your ideal" size, you might not like the fit when it shows up on your doorstep.
    12-13-2012, 02:29 PM
Since you don't have any local shops that sell dressage saddles - do you know anyone locally that rides dressage? Perhaps ask them if you sit in their saddle (doesn't have to be on a horse). If no friends then ask local dressage trainer if they know any "smaller" riders whose saddle you could sit it to see for size.

Don't forget it has to fit the HORSE too!! (Medium, wide, narrow tree,etc.)

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