barrel saddle vs equitation saddle seat size
My daughter had her first barrel race this weekend and has decided to stop doing performance 4-h as a result. She is going to focus on barrels, reining, and cow work instead. I'm totally okay with this change but I need to make a change in her saddle. She has been using my Crates 15.5 in barrel saddle, but it's a little too big. She rides in a 15.5 in Crates equitation show saddle for showing and we'll be selling that saddle to buy her a more appropriately sized barrel saddle. I think we're sticking with Crates because that seems to fit her horse the best. Since she only plans on doing low level reining shows, a barrel saddle will be fine, especially if I can find her a square skirt.
My question is what size of seat should I look for? I know that barrel saddles are usually considerably smaller in the seat than a standard western saddle. She's about 5'1" at 10 right now, and in both of the saddles she currently rides in (15.5" seats) she's using the 3rd hole down for stirrups. She's going to keep growing too. Would a 14" saddle be a better fit for her?