Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
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Regarding English saddles (I know nothing of Western):
If you're not on a budget, you have some wonderful saddles to choose from! If you're on a budget, it's far better to buy a less expensive used, good, name-brand saddle than buying an inexpensive new one. Get a quality saddle. A cheaply made saddle can easily hurt your horse and put you in a bad position. You can get good, used Passiers and Stübbens (I love the German saddles personally) for between $300 and $1000, depending on how old they are. Don't buy a no-name saddle - these will often be made in India or Pakistan and are sub-par quality. Some brands to look for off the top of my head are (both expensive and less expensive): Devoucoux, Beval, Passier, Courbette, Kloster Beim Schonthal, Crosby, Collegiate, Pessoa, Bates, Wintec, Thorowgood, County, Stübben, Thornhill, Kieffer, Hermes, etc. I know I've missed many. Stick with European and Australian made. You may find a good US or Canadian one as well. You can probably get some of these brands for as low as $200.
For seat size: sit in a chair with your knee at a 90° angle. Put a board behind your behind, so it sticks out to the side. Measure the length from the board to the front of your knee. The table below will give you an approximate seat size. Note that all saddles fit a little differently. Also note that if you're buying a used saddle, many people who advertise and list them have no idea how to measure the seat correctly, so they list the saddle as the wrong size. Seat size is measured from the center of the nailhead at the side of the pommel to the center of the cantle. Based on your height and weight, you'll probably be a 16.5" or 17" English seat size.
Up to 16 1/2" 15" seat
Up to 18 1/2" 16" seat
Up to 20" 16 1/2" seat
Up to 21 1/2" 17" seat
Up to 23" 17 1/2" seat
Up to 23" 18" seat
Last edited by freia; 05-06-2012 at 06:36 PM.