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Does .5" on a seat REALLY matter?

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        10-01-2008, 02:57 PM
      #1
    Trained
    Does .5" on a seat REALLY matter?

    I found a saddle that I've been looking for on ebay. The only problem is that it has a 17.5" seat. I need a 17" seat. Will the .5" difference really make a difference?

    I'm not going to be showing. I'm only going to be doing pleasure riding, trail riding and poping over whatever may be on the trail. Nothing else.
         
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        10-01-2008, 04:27 PM
      #2
    Trained
    We're talking about 1/2 an inch right? I don't think it will be a huge issue.

    Besides, Halloween, thanksgiving and christmas are all right around the corner...lol...Maybe you'll fit in the saddle by New Years!!! :P :P
         
        10-01-2008, 04:29 PM
      #3
    Trained
    Wait...were you talking english or western? Because a 17.5" western will be waaaay to big for your little tushie.
         
        10-01-2008, 04:40 PM
      #4
    Trained
    I'm talking about english :)

    That's so true that.5 really won't matter.. and I still am young, and I realized yesterday (after watching a video of me) that I got a big butt!
         
        10-01-2008, 04:56 PM
      #5
    Showing
    I don't think it matters. When I was looking for one in Dover half people there said I need 17, half - I need 17.5. I ended up with 17 (that was the only one and I didn't feel like waiting :) ).
         
        10-01-2008, 05:27 PM
      #6
    Trained
    Awesome!
    I know that .5 an inch too small matters. As my current saddle is too small.

    But I think it would be better in the long run to get a slightly bigger saddle.. for when my bum grows, or even if someone else rides in my saddle.

    Thanks so much for the help!
         
        10-01-2008, 06:28 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    1/2" BIGGER is usually just fine. Most people ride in saddles too small for them anyway . 1/2" smaller though can make quite a difference!

    If the 17.5" is just the saddle you want and a good price, then go for it!!
         
        10-01-2008, 06:47 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    Agreed, a little too big isn't going to be a problem. Chances are it'll fit anyway, I don't think those sizes are really dead on from one maker to the next anyway.
         
        10-01-2008, 09:52 PM
      #9
    Showing
    Agree. Depends on maker and model a lot. Some with 17.5 for one model can feel like 17 for other model. :) Appy, is it on ebay? Can you try (or try similar in tack store JUST to try)? But if the price is great and you are sure in model I'd go for it.
         
        10-02-2008, 01:10 AM
      #10
    Trained
    I haven't tried the saddle. I'll do that tomorrow, but the style of saddle is what I wanted. And I would be getting a good deal on it. Brand new the saddles go for $1,800something and the person is selling it for $650....
         

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