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...