03-11-2010, 09:42 AM
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Frankly, if you wanna do trail riding and just some jumping I'd go with A/P. It's more comfortable and secure for the trail rides IMO, and you still can jump in it.
Now I'm 5'9'' and I have 17" A/P and 17.5" CC with long flaps for me. Friend of mine is 6' and she uses 18". So yes, you want something no less then 17.5 and with the long flaps. With English saddle it depends not only on size of the butt, but length of the legs as well. Also it depends on model. My A/P Collegiate seems to be bigger then Pessoa, that's why I use 17. Both brands fit me nice and I have long legs. Bates also seems to be nice, but it was little shorter for my legs then I liked. Also Marcel Toulouse is very nice for the price and fit me well. Or you can go with the older used models. Do you have any tack stores around so you could try the saddle? From my experience fitting saddle to both - horse and rider - is not always easy. I personally never order the saddle on Internet (unless the store allows test ride).