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post #21 of 29 Old 10-01-2013, 10:12 PM
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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.
Haha, I totally understand that. The Circle Y that I had tried was a super comfortable ride, but the stirrups were about as short as they could go, there was about a hand of space in front of me, and the position it put me in was really awkward... If I could find the same saddle in my size I would jump all over it!
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post #22 of 29 Old 10-01-2013, 10:26 PM
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In my AP english saddle I'm at an 18-19"
In my western saddle I'm in an 18-19"
Have no clue on dressage saddle when I find one and test it I'll know which seat is most comfy (though honestly with my luck it'll be the uncommon size of 18-19")

It can vary slightly based on the brand and make of the saddle but I haven't really noticed a difference between my western and english sizes, both of mine right now are 19" I do believe.
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post #23 of 29 Old 10-03-2013, 11:27 AM
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The saddles I ride in now are a 16.5 English and a 16 western. I could probably get away with going an inch smaller in both but I like a little wiggle room.

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post #24 of 29 Old 10-04-2013, 03:02 AM
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For western (equitation style seat) I can use 15"-16". WP riders don't mind if the seat is big. My work saddle is a 15.5", it's what I prefer.

For english (close contact) 16.5" is the right size for me, but my current saddle is a 17". I'd like a smaller seat but it fits my horse so I can live with it.
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my beval close contact is a 15,
and both my western saddles are 15. i like the room in the western saddles, especially since i use a fluffy seat cushion thing for long trails.
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post #26 of 29 Old 10-04-2013, 06:05 PM
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16.5-17 English ap or close contact
18 dressage
14.5-15 western

Varies a lot of style of saddle, apparently I have a small butt and long legs.
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post #27 of 29 Old 10-07-2013, 11:32 PM
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English I fit 16"-16.5"
Western I fit 14.5"-15"
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post #28 of 29 Old 10-10-2013, 04:54 PM
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English 17 - 17.5, western 15.5-16.

I ride in a 16 inch western now, but I used to ride in a 15inch that I loved, but too wide for horse :(

I think it really depends on the individual saddle. I noticed someone said they tried a western and they had a hand width in front of them - I thought this was kind of "standard" like you're meant to have space between you and the horn/swell? When I bought my saddle I was asked what size fender I wanted, so just because a fender is too long doesn't mean the saddle is too big, just you need a shorter fender.
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English 17 - 17.5, western 15.5-16.

I ride in a 16 inch western now, but I used to ride in a 15inch that I loved, but too wide for horse :(

I think it really depends on the individual saddle. I noticed someone said they tried a western and they had a hand width in front of them - I thought this was kind of "standard" like you're meant to have space between you and the horn/swell? When I bought my saddle I was asked what size fender I wanted, so just because a fender is too long doesn't mean the saddle is too big, just you need a shorter fender.
I think that was me haha. I know that you don't want to be pressed right up into the front of the saddle, but there was just so much space up front and I felt like my feet were miles away. If I do get a western saddle my budget will be pretty small for the right used saddle, so I can't really afford to go looking for new matching fenders if they're too long :/
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