English saddle fit question
Hi there, I am a newbie trying to figure out what size saddle I need and have some questions.
I know there are several factors that determine what size saddle you need- and from all my calculations I should fit into a 17 or 17.5in saddle (based on height, leg length, etc). I have used every english saddle calculator out there and this is what they come up with. BUT when I went to try on saddles at our local tack shop, the lady insisted I would need a 19in saddle or bigger (I tried several on). Now, I know it's just a number, and I don't really care if the saddle fits me, but from everything I've read online that saddle would be too big for me. I can't really tell when I am sitting on the saddle if it fits right (this is my first english saddle, so I really have no idea). I hate to spend the $$ on the wrong size saddle. I live out in Western country, so I'm just afraid the lady didn't know how to really measure the fit right...
However, she was basing her calculations on needing 3-4 inches between my butt and the back of the saddle...And that's it. When I asked if my knee/leg was falling in the right spot she said 'as long as your knee is somewhere on the suede you're fine'.
Is that right? When I see other people in english saddles, it seems like the knee should fall at the bottom round (corner?) of the flap where it starts to angle. Mine was at the top, making me thing the saddle was too big? Or maybe I just need smaller flaps? It was an AP saddle, not a dressage saddle if that helps...
About me, I am about 5ft tall and my weight goes up and down, but I am a bigger girl for my height, usually between 130-150.
Thanks so much for your help!