Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
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.