A 17 inch western saddle is very large. Are there enough holes in the fender to allow the stirrups to shorten to correct length for a short legged rider? My 6 foot husband rides a 16 inch saddle.
Seat size does not only equate to the size of your jeans. The length of your leg from your hip bone to your knee is how you figure saddle seat size.
A 17 inch english saddle is a 15 inch western.
Yeah, a 17 inch saddle is extremely large, but I like it. lol. I'll have to check and see if the stirrups can be raised to her level... I'm pretty sure they can be.
IMO- Britt, you said in one of the first few posts that this girl has "no horse sense." If she doesn't have any horse sense, she has no business riding any horse, and certainly not on a trail. That's an accident waiting to happen. IF you choose to allow her to ride anyway, DEMAND that she wear a helmet, and ride the way YOU say, with the saddle and bit YOU see fit. This is YOUR horse, NOT hers, and your rules are the only ones that count. Good luck!
Yes, I did say she has no horse sense, and it's true... it's like when she's on a horse most, if not all, of her common sense leaves her. (at least, though, she's not like my cousin who will run right up to a strange stallion and sling up onto its back without even thinking about what consequences her actions may have).
Shanna knows what she can and can't do with my mare... but she's constantly begging me to let her do it anyway. She can't understand why I won't let her canter my mare bareback, though she knows why and knows that I will barely canter my girl bareback. She knows the simpler things, like not flat out galloping my girl (I'm the only one who can do that, lol), not running my girl up a steep mountain trail (again, I'm the only one who can do that because I've been up those trails with my mare more than anyne else has)... she knows to do things like let my girl have her head when going down something extremely steep, but she just can't understand why she's not supposed to run behind a horse, why she's not supposed to do things like go out in a pasture with strange horses, why I don't allow her to ride my girl bareback or with the english saddle very often, and stuff like that...
Thanks for the replies everyone... I'm going to be doing a lot of thinking this week and come Saturday I'm going to lay down a few rules for EVERYONE riding with me. I'm the oldest going, so it's my responsibility that everyone's safe. (Even when I'm riding with my older cousins [[which isn't very often]] I'm the one making sure everyne stays safe because a lot of my famil gets drunk when they ride... I've had to pull my 24 year old cousin and his sisters horse out of the way of an 18-wheeler coming down the highway once because he was drunk and didn't know what was going on and I've had to lead thatsame person and his sisters horse home because he got so drunk he passed out on the horse before...).