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    07-18-2010, 03:32 AM
  #1
Foal
Exclamation My first saddle--is a size 17 too big?

I was absolutely in love with this saddle and bought it off of ebay. I want to know if anyone is familiar with the brand, and if so...is it any good? I fell in love with it because it's pink. It's a size 17 but seems to run a little on the smaller size. I am about 5'6" and 150 pounds.

Here are the details and exact picture of the saddle. Thanks.


NEW NATURAL CARVING PINK LEATHER WESTERN PLEASURE HORSE SADDLE WITH SUEDE SEAT INBUILT WITH THE SADDLE. THE CANTLE IS STURDY TO FIT THE RIDER IN COMFORTABLE STATE WHILE RIDING.THE SADDLE HAS HEAVY DUTY STIRRUPS, WITH ADJUSTABLE BUCKLES.



DESCRIPTION:



* EGRONOMICALLY DEEP PADDED SEAT
* UNDERSIDE PADDED FLEECE
* FULL QUARTER HORSE BARS
* DOUBLE DEES AND EASY RIGGING
* BACK CINCH STRAP
* ADJUSTABLE STIRRUP LEATHER
* REINFORCED TRIM
* SKIRT : 27 X 25"
* HORN : 3X3X "LEATHER LACED
* GULLET : 7"
* SEAT : 17"
* FINISH: , SMOOTH LEATHER FINISH HAND CARVING
* SKIRT IS SQAURE SITS ON THE HORSE EFFECTIVELY
* THE POMMELL IS DOUBLE STRAP WRAPPED HAND CARVING


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    07-18-2010, 04:49 AM
  #2
Foal
I say ride in whatever you are most comfortable in . . .i am about 165 and I ride in a 17", I love having the extra room, I think it is better for the horse to have the weight placed more evenly through their back . . .one girl I know is about 250lbs and swears she is only comfy in a 15" which I think is crazy, because I have seen her in her saddle, and it seem that all that weight on the front of the horse would be uncomfortable IMHO. . .i like them a little bigger to because we ride in the winter and up here you gotta wear carhartts or snow pants and the extra room is really appreciated then . ..
     
    07-18-2010, 09:57 AM
  #3
Showing
Rather then get into the quality of the saddle, a 17" is most likely larger then you need but I would rather go larger then smaller.

A rider should be more forward then sitting on the cantle. The proper position for a rider is on the front 1/3 of a horse's back, not leaning back into the cantle. A 250lb rider in a 15" saddle (unless the rider is 6'6"), is not having any room to move. When you are sitting in a saddle that is so tight that the pommel/horn is less then 4" away from your tummy, that saddle is too small. I'm 205lb, 5'10" and ride a 17" saddle. Some 16" saddles will fit but never a 15".
     
    07-18-2010, 01:05 PM
  #4
Showing
That's just my guess, but I think it may be too big for you given your height/weight. Although some people like it bigger (hey, I prefer bigger pants and boots :) ). I myself have 15 size and it's perfect. However size and how you feel in saddle also very much depends on brand/model.

Danielle28, 250 lbs in 15 size is absolutely crazy!
     
    07-18-2010, 01:27 PM
  #5
Weanling
I would say it will be to big for your height and weight, I'm 5'1" and weigh 120, I ride in a 14.5" seat. I think the cantle should only be a couple inches from your thigh. A 15" saddle probably would have been best
     
    07-18-2010, 01:34 PM
  #6
dee
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Better too big than too small, IMHO. I am 5'2 and 250, and there is no WAY I can squeeze into a 15" saddle. I have a 20" saddle, and it's a tad too big. Unfortunately, it also doen't fit my horse, so I'm going to sell it and find another one - maybe an 18"...
     
    07-18-2010, 02:05 PM
  #7
Green Broke
You would just have to try it and see, trial and error! LOL Im 5'3'' maybe 5'4''? And like 106 lbs? And I think I have a 16 or 16 1/2?
     
    07-18-2010, 03:51 PM
  #8
Foal
Hi.. I am new here but I make saddles for a living.

What you need to know about seat size is not totally about the size of your bottom or the room in the seat....

More importantly is how it positions you over your stirrups. If your seat is too long you are always "back" and trying to play catch-up... you just can't post properly because your not in balance.

If your seat is too short then you are always trying to be thrown ahead and trying to get your butt down/back... just about go over the neck everytime your horse stops. Your heals will be too far behind.

Both of these I mention are to the extreme but you can kind of understand what I am getting at.... You will see people trying to compinsate for these problems by riding with their stirrups too short or arching/rolling there back ...

Both too big, and too small, can really affect you and your horses comfort and balance, so it is best to try to get the right size.

I just made a saddle for a lady that has been riding most of her life and she just couldn't trot down hills..She had her stirrups too short and was all out of balance, she just couldn't get her feet out in front of her when she went down hills..

After riding her new saddle she told me..."and all this time I thought I just wasn't a very good rider". Turns out she had just been riding the wrong size saddle. She never complained or even knew there was a problem with here gear..she thought that was just how it was suppose to be

Hope this helps someone.
     
    07-18-2010, 05:27 PM
  #9
Showing
Welcome to the forum, Freedom, and thank you for the input.
     
    07-18-2010, 07:37 PM
  #10
Weanling
May I say that that saddle is gorgeous?!?! I want one, too!!!
     

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