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        10-01-2013, 12:40 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Western- I have a 15" Circle Y
    Jumping- 17" Pessoa
         
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        10-01-2013, 02:48 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I have a 17.5" dressage and 17" jumping saddle, but could go at least a half inch, possibly a full inch, smaller in each. It's just what I happened to be able to find when I was shopping for saddles.
         
        10-01-2013, 03:30 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Western I am also a 15''.
    English: No sweet clue. The last time I rode english was when I was 12 so I think I may have grown since then ;p.
         
        10-01-2013, 03:44 PM
      #14
    Super Moderator
    English 17
    I was told the western saddle I rode on that seemed right for me was a 16
         
        10-01-2013, 03:57 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    I prefer a 16 for a dressage saddle, but when I came to sell it.. Pain in the rear! Now I am riding others horses, I tend to be in a 17/17.5 which feel a bit roomy. I had an 18 GP as my dad and I shared... Horrid!
    So many people say the saddle must fit the horse, but must fit the rider too.

    Out of curiosity, why do western saddles measure up smaller?
         
        10-01-2013, 05:47 PM
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    Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
    I prefer a 16 for a dressage saddle, but when I came to sell it.. Pain in the rear! Now I am riding others horses, I tend to be in a 17/17.5 which feel a bit roomy. I had an 18 GP as my dad and I shared... Horrid!
    So many people say the saddle must fit the horse, but must fit the rider too.

    Out of curiosity, why do western saddles measure up smaller?
    Western saddles are measured from the back of the horn straight back to the cantle, while English saddles are measured from the button off to the side back to the center of the cantle- more of a diagonal measurement. This leads to usually a 2" difference between your English and WEstern seat size from what I have heard, and this seems to have run true to me. I'm seeing several folks who have 16.5-17" English saddles (same as me) and 16" western saddles- I took a 16" western to try on one occasion and was swimming in it!! Wish I wasn't though, it was super comfy...
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        10-01-2013, 06:35 PM
      #17
    Trained
    English saddle 17"
    Western saddle 15"
         
        10-01-2013, 06:46 PM
      #18
    Foal
    14-15 western..no idea in English anymore
         
        10-01-2013, 06:49 PM
      #19
    Showing
    No idea what size my Aussie is. It just fits.

    My Stubben Siegfried is an 18.5".

    I prefer a 17" western saddle, unless it's a barrel saddle, then I actually am not too uncomfortable in a 16".
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        10-01-2013, 09:25 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DuckDodgers    
    I'm seeing several folks who have 16.5-17" English saddles (same as me) and 16" western saddles- I took a 16" western to try on one occasion and was swimming in it!! Wish I wasn't though, it was super comfy...
    I'm a 16.5-17" English and 16" western...but that's because it's what I have! I've never had smaller, maybe a 15.75" but never one that fit snugly.
         

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