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    02-01-2012, 08:51 PM
  #21
Green Broke
The rule of thumb is to add two inches to your western seat size to get your English seat size, but it varies. There are sites online that show you how to measure your femur to get the correct English seat size.
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    02-01-2012, 08:55 PM
  #22
Weanling
Ok ..my boss says I should be in a 15'' but I love my ratty saddle I trail ride, train, give lessons and test all my clients maybes in that old roper haha

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    02-01-2012, 09:04 PM
  #23
Yearling
Probably a 17" inch then(: Here's a decent saddle for $300

17" English Saddle

It's an HDR. I know a couple people who ride in HDR's and LOVE them, but I haven't actually ridden in one before(: But they're squishy
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    02-01-2012, 09:11 PM
  #24
Weanling
Thats beautiful thanks! And don't laugh but what does HDR stand for?
     
    02-01-2012, 09:12 PM
  #25
Yearling
Henri Di Rivel – just another brand(:
     
    02-01-2012, 09:16 PM
  #26
Yearling
Okay, and just a word of warning: you cannot ride in an english saddle in cowboy boots and jeans – GOD the chafes burn!!!!!!!!! Been there done that – take my advice and don't do it! You should get breeches, paddock boots, and half chaps.
     
    02-01-2012, 09:17 PM
  #27
Weanling
O ok =) ... so what do I when it comes to a cinch?? Is it some specific process?
     
    02-01-2012, 09:24 PM
  #28
Weanling
Yea I figured I would need a new wardrobe
     
    02-01-2012, 09:28 PM
  #29
Yearling
When you put on a girth, (call it a cinch and people may laugh or be confused done that) you do it up on the right side first, then the left. For Mudpie (who bloats) I put it on the last hole and then after I get it on the other side, I go back and start adjusting it up, switching sides.

There are many different types of girths... you need an all purpose girth for a jumping saddle. Shaped leather girths like this one, are my personal favorite. Fleece girths, like this one, are also good, but if you live where there are "stickers" (burrs) and take them on a trail ride then you will have HECK getting them out! Your english girth should have elastic on one or both sides, and the buckles should have rollers. :)
     
    02-01-2012, 09:33 PM
  #30
Yearling
You can find really cheap breeches on HorseLoverz.com – they go really fast, and they're always getting new types in. There are better prices for most things on HorseLoverz, but the breeches are usually an unbeatable deal!! As for half chaps, you can shop around. :) TuffRiders are decent and affordable! My first pair of half chaps were washable, because they're super easy to take care of – I still use them. :]
     

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