Went looking at saddles yesterday, as I still haven't made up my mind. Hubby and I did lots of sitting to see what I'd/we'd like.
Notice, I said hubby was sitting too? LOL
He didn't even want me to get a horse, now he wants to see if the saddle I get will feel comfortable for him too.
Anyway, I LOVE the Western Rawhide Wilder saddle made here in Canada. It's nice and comfortable, it will be a great trail/pleasure riding saddle. Hubby and I both agreed that a 17 inch would be best for both of us. So, I think unless, the used saddle that the woman I'm getting the horse from is a really, really good deal, I'm going to go for the WR Wilder.
Now, all I have to do is get him his own horse. LOL
LOL.....another way of looking for saddles is the "wire coat hanger" method.....take an old wire hanger, flatten it out, and then mold it around your horses withers where the saddle would generally sit. Make sure the wire doesn't cut in to the horses back anywhere, and then take the wire and lay it out on a piece of cardboard. Trace the wire and cut it out of the cardboard, and you have something that you can take on any saddle shopping excursion and do a test fit right there in the shop or where ever else. There should ideally be about three fingers width between the top of the cardboard and the pommel of the saddle, and enough space between the sides of the saddle and the cardboard cut out for a saddle pad to fit in.