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        12-18-2012, 06:57 PM
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    Foal
    English Saddle Help

    Ok. I'm looking at saddles finally.. And I was curious. One of my trainers said I need a 17 inch saddle at least, and I don't feel comfortable in anything but my 16 inch.

    I'm 5'6, 115 pounds, but my legs are pretty long. That's the only reason she said to go with a 17 inch. But I really really don't want to, LOL. Do you think it would be a terrible idea to buy a 16.5 inch?
         
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        12-18-2012, 07:03 PM
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    Weanling
    My saddle is a 16.5 inch, fits me like a glove, I love it. Why are you doubting getting a 16.5?

    The best thing you can do when buying saddles, I think, is to sit in anything that you think you might want. Two saddles might be the same size but feel completely different, so the size doesn't matter as much as the individual saddle fit.
    Just my two cents :)
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        12-18-2012, 07:07 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by JustWingIt    
    My saddle is a 16.5 inch, fits me like a glove, I love it. Why are you doubting getting a 16.5?

    The best thing you can do when buying saddles, I think, is to sit in anything that you think you might want. Two saddles might be the same size but feel completely different, so the size doesn't matter as much as the individual saddle fit.
    Just my two cents :)
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    Well, she's saying I shouldn't even look at 16.5's. But that's all that I find comfortable.. So I should just go with what I like, right?
         
        12-18-2012, 07:18 PM
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    Weanling
    Yes I would think so, I mean your going to be the one riding in it!! You can't see the size, and if you feel more comfortable and secure its going to help with your riding.
    I have a circuit elite 16.5, I felt like I was almost swimming in the 17, but 16.5 fits me really well.
    Do you think your trainer is worried about how a 16.5 will fit you? I can't see him/her getting upset or anything if you end up with a 16.5 that fits perfect. It's all about your preference when it comes to saddles, I think.
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        12-18-2012, 07:24 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by JustWingIt    
    Yes I would think so, I mean your going to be the one riding in it!! You can't see the size, and if you feel more comfortable and secure its going to help with your riding.
    I have a circuit elite 16.5, I felt like I was almost swimming in the 17, but 16.5 fits me really well.
    Do you think your trainer is worried about how a 16.5 will fit you? I can't see him/her getting upset or anything if you end up with a 16.5 that fits perfect. It's all about your preference when it comes to saddles, I think.
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    Thats what I thought too, LOL. It doesn't look small on me (.. Or, I won't look too big on it, however I should word that) anyway.. And I don't think she plans on measuring my saddle when I buy it, LOL!

    I guess I'll go with whatever I like. Thanks!
         
        12-18-2012, 07:26 PM
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    Weanling
    Yea no prob! :)
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        12-18-2012, 07:41 PM
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    Green Broke
    You should be able to fit the width of your palm between your rear and the edge of the cantle- if you can't, it's too small and it's not going to be putting you in the right position relative to stirrups.

    The size saddle you need is dictated primarily by the length of your legs, though some other factors affect it (like the depth of the seat and the size of your rear). A shallower seat will feel a little more open, so you might (for example) feel fine in a 16.5" close contact, but might feel a bit cramped in a deep-seated dressage saddle with the same seat size.

    At 5'6" with long legs I suspect your trainer is right that you should be looking at 17" or larger saddles. Ultimately it is up to you since you're the one buying it, but if you buy a saddle that's too small you may find that you're fighting against the saddle to get a proper ear-hip-heel alignment.
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        12-18-2012, 07:49 PM
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    ^^^ This is the right way to judge the size that's right, too small might end you up sitting on the back of the saddle rather than centred
    I'm 5'4 approx and always go for a 17inch but the type and style can make a difference. I did use a 16.5 inch on the 13.2 ponies we used to have as it was a better compromise for their size
    I would suggest that you buy a saddle from someone who will come out and bring several for you to try on your horse if you can as often some adjustment is essential for a good fit and it will also give you a chance to try different styles
         
        12-18-2012, 11:43 PM
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    Yearling
    Not having seen you...
    Depending on your build, I would think a 16.5" or 17" would be right for you. As others have said, it will depend on the style and make of saddle (and your build) which size will fit you right. The only thing I can say for pretty certain is that a 16" has got to be too small for you. You may just feel really comfy in it because you're used to it.
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