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  • English is better than western

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    05-23-2012, 08:26 PM
Originally Posted by poppy1356    
English saddles are much harder to fit than western I think. There's a lot more that goes into it. I'm still learning about it myself. A one inch difference can make a huge impact on how it fits. Get exact measurements to make life easier. Make sure the channel is wide enough also.
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This is very true and sad reality for some of us with hard to fit horses.
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    05-23-2012, 08:30 PM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I wouldn't recommend no brand saddle personally. More often than not they are cheap and junky. I do think GH has some nice brands to offer, so you may want to look into hers, or at least look for some better brands in your area (Wintec including) than no-name ones.
Well, I emailed the person with the two saddles asking if they were a brand name and if they'd go down to $200, which is my max for now as I just bought a barrel saddle and need a couple bridles.
    05-23-2012, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by QHriderKE    
Well, I emailed the person with the two saddles asking if they were a brand name and if they'd go down to $200, which is my max for now as I just bought a barrel saddle and need a couple bridles.
Honestly it will be hard to find a good saddle for 200 or less, I would know that was my budget haha. But I just bought a wintec pro on eBay for 256 so just a bit above. Also get lots of pics to make sure the tree is sound. And get pictures of them measuring and educate yourself on how to measure an English saddle. So many people get this wrong. Are you sure you need such a big seat? I'm 5'8" and 130 lbs and only need a 16.5 in seat. For me I can really tell the difference if the seat doesn't fit me.
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    05-23-2012, 08:56 PM
I'm sure I need at least a 17".

Here's me sitting in a 16".

I think that since English riding is less common in my area that saddles sell for a bit less than other areas. I've also noticed that people buy 15" saddles (most popular western size around here) and find it too small for them because they didn't know better and then try to sell it.
    05-23-2012, 09:01 PM
You definitely need a bigger saddle since your knees are also hanging off the knee rolls too.
    05-23-2012, 09:06 PM
Originally Posted by jumanji321    
You definitely need a bigger saddle since your knees are also hanging off the knee rolls too.
Exactly. I gave it back a few months ago (I was borrowing it). I honestly think it made me worse than I should have been English.
    05-23-2012, 09:13 PM
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Haha Yeap you definitely need at least a 17 in. I also think it might depend on brand. And lucky you 17-18 is way more common to find at least that's all I could find. Luckily my local-ish tack shop had the saddle I wanted so I got to sit in it to check fit and if I wanted to pursue an online purchase. I think older models run smaller (tree size) in some of the higher brands. I'm not entirely sure but from what I have noticed and read. Just double check all sizes. It's really a pain to fit an English saddle.
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    05-23-2012, 09:57 PM
QHRider, please keep in mind that if you get a junky saddle that doesn't fit you may run into all kinds of troubles with your horse including damage to its back. I'd much rather look into used Wintec that you can try on your horse and return if it doesn't fit (used Wintecs often run on cheap side) or wait and try to save up little more.

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