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post #1 of 33 Old 09-02-2012, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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What size saddle for you?

Let me just start off by saying, this thread is not to go in the direction of "You need to lose weight", "You're too heavy" or "Are you anorexic?!"

I want there to be respect between everyone in their answers. I'm not looking to embarrass anyone, and if you don't want to post, don't feel as though you have to.

However, I'm interested in knowing your saddle size, and why? I've been wondering because it seems like I can't find comfort in a 15 inch western saddle and I weigh about 120lbs. Every 15 inch hurts me in some way and seems too small for me, but I have heard people say that I should fit perfectly in one.

I have sold 15 inch saddles to women who have maybe 30 more pounds on me, and they were happy with the saddle and found them comfortable.

I have upgraded to a 16 inch western saddle and hope that will fit my butt a bit better.

So, what is your weight, and what is your saddle size?

Please don't answer if you're not comfortable answering.

I understand english saddles are measured differently. I used to know the difference, but I need a refresher.

So, what saddle are you comfortable in?
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post #2 of 33 Old 09-02-2012, 12:37 PM
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I weigh 109lbs and I ride in a 15 inch. I love it, it's a perfect fit for me :)
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post #3 of 33 Old 09-02-2012, 12:50 PM
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I ride English mostly now, I'm 132lbs 5'4 and ride in a 17.5 english(my instructor tells me it's a bit big tho) and I ride in a 16" western, I've ridden in a 15" western but found it too cramped.
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post #4 of 33 Old 09-02-2012, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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So maybe I'm on the right track with the 16 inch? I'm about 120lbs (I'm rounding. I flexuate between 115 and 125) and I'm about 5'2'' and just don't find a 15 inch comfortable at all.
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I am 177 and ride is 16 western saddle I also ride English
but not sure of size

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post #6 of 33 Old 09-02-2012, 01:02 PM
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I'm 5'10 and 130lbs, and I have a few different Western saddles. I have a 15", two 15.5"s, and two 16"s. The 15.5s" fits me best, and when I need to I still have room to put one of my little sisters in the saddle in front of me. Pictures are of a 15.5" Circle Y.

For English saddles, I absolutely need a 17.5" because of my long leg, but with a longer dressage saddle I can go as small as 15.5" because I don't need as much room for my leg.
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post #7 of 33 Old 09-02-2012, 01:08 PM
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I'm 140, 5'4 and I prefer a 15 inch Western, I find myself having way too much room in a 16 but my mom wanted to be able to ride in it so I had to go up a size. I mainly ride english and I ride in a 17'. The english 18' is just a little too big!
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post #8 of 33 Old 09-02-2012, 01:34 PM
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I'm 220, but most of my wight is in my belly, my booty fits in a 16" western, but my belly needs a bit more room, so I fit best in a 17".

English, I ride in a 16.5-17.5 depending on the brand, some sit diffrent.
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post #9 of 33 Old 09-02-2012, 01:40 PM
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I have a 14" and a 15". Both different brands, and they both fit well.

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post #10 of 33 Old 09-02-2012, 01:40 PM
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I'm 5'5 and 127 and I have a 16.5'' english saddle which fits me reasonably well.

I was told I'd probably need a 15'' western saddle, but maybe I should try a 16'' too now reading this thread?
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