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post #1 of 7 Old 08-31-2012, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Western saddle size

I ride in a 17" english saddle. I'm looking at an Abetta endurance saddle. Would a 15" fit me? I remember hearing the difference is roughly 2", but wanted to double check before I buy one.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-31-2012, 09:29 AM
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Yes, roughly two inches. Not all saddles fit the same though. I tried several 16" western saddles before I found the one that felt right for me.

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The best way is to go and actually try them out. I ride in a 16" in one of the Billy Cook's (can't remember which one), my trail saddle was a 15" and my barrel saddle is a 14"...lol. I'm all over the map, but it's personal preference and what feels good and fits good for you.

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This may have to be a trial-by-fire situation. I'd be buying it on ebay. I asked around and called around, but no one in this area has abetta saddles. It's frustrating to say the least.
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I used 15" Western. With English I should go with 18" (because of the legs), but 17" was fitting my butt (not legs) just fine.

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post #6 of 7 Old 08-31-2012, 10:24 AM
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If it is the standard Abetta without the super cushion seat, then a 15" should work as the standard models do not have a lot of padding to make it feel small, plus they use the Ralide Tree which is very consistent in sizing.


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Thanks for the input everyone!
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