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  • My saddle is a bit narrow for me
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    09-02-2012, 01:42 PM
  #11
Trained
Kootenay, off topic but is that the name of your horse in your avatar? AQHA? And if so, did he come from Alberta?
     
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    09-02-2012, 01:46 PM
  #12
Foal
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Originally Posted by WSArabians    
Kootenay, off topic but is that the name of your horse in your avatar? AQHA? And if so, did he come from Alberta?
Her name is Tory (originally "Timely Rain Dance"). She's an appendix (techinically grade)
No, she's from BC (Melderman Stables), although I think her breeders moved to AB though.
     
    09-02-2012, 01:53 PM
  #13
Trained
Just a note, saddle seat size has just as much to do with length of leg as it does with size of your actual seat. Someone with short legs will need a smaller saddle, someone with long legs will need a bit bigger saddle.

I like a 17" or 17.5" english saddle, and I am 5'6 and ~150lbs. No idea what my western seat size is but you are supposed to subtract 2" when going english to western, so I would assume I need a 15 or 15.5" western.

Do you have a local tack or tack consignment shop? They usually have saddle stands you can put a saddle on and sit in, it will probably be your best bet in finding a saddle that fits you.
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    09-02-2012, 01:55 PM
  #14
Weanling
I am 5.3" and weigh 140 lbs. I ride in a 15"' endurance saddle. It is comfortable, but I bought it used (stole it actually LOL) and I never tried a 16". I would like to see how one fits.
     
    09-02-2012, 01:56 PM
  #15
Trained
I'm 5'8", 175. I use a 16" Circle Y and a 17 or 18" English or Australian...doesn't matter a lot. The width of the twist and how my legs hang tends to matter more to me. Also, some western saddles have a taller and steeper cantle, and that affects my feeling. If in doubt, I like my saddles to have a bit of extra room and a level seat:

     
    09-02-2012, 01:57 PM
  #16
Green Broke
You might also want to consider the shape of the seat, how deep it is, the angle of the forks and the height of the cantle and dish. Those little things can really change how a saddle feels, in my opinion.

When I ordered my saddle a couple of years ago I only weighed 105, 5'9". I was working more than I was eating then. Now its the other way around! LOL. Since moving I have gained 30 lbs and my saddle is a little tight withe bucking rolls on it! LOL.
I ride my other saddle, 15.5 with no bucking rolls, more now. It has a little flatter seat and gives me more room to move around.
     
    09-02-2012, 02:28 PM
  #17
Yearling
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Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
Just a note, saddle seat size has just as much to do with length of leg as it does with size of your actual seat. Someone with short legs will need a smaller saddle, someone with long legs will need a bit bigger saddle.

I like a 17" or 17.5" english saddle, and I am 5'6 and ~150lbs. No idea what my western seat size is but you are supposed to subtract 2" when going english to western, so I would assume I need a 15 or 15.5" western.

Do you have a local tack or tack consignment shop? They usually have saddle stands you can put a saddle on and sit in, it will probably be your best bet in finding a saddle that fits you.
I just found one not too far from me. Though I think its safe to say that I'm not comfortable in a 15 inch since all the 15's I've been riding in have bruised my butt somehow.

When I went down to the store, the only thing they had were 15 inch westerns. I didn't sit in them since I already know how they fit on me. I'm hoping the one I just ordered will work with me a lot better than the 15's did.
     
    09-02-2012, 02:57 PM
  #18
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Copperhead    
I just found one not too far from me. Though I think its safe to say that I'm not comfortable in a 15 inch since all the 15's I've been riding in have bruised my butt somehow.

When I went down to the store, the only thing they had were 15 inch westerns. I didn't sit in them since I already know how they fit on me. I'm hoping the one I just ordered will work with me a lot better than the 15's did.
Where on your butt? Is it where the bottom of the cantle meets the seat, on the edges where there ususally is a set of saddle strings?
If so, that is cantle bite, too much dish in the cantle or too wide of a cantle. It eats up your butt cheeks!
     
    09-02-2012, 03:29 PM
  #19
Yearling
This is a 15 inch saddle that fit a bit more comfortably, but it was too narrow for my horse, so I had to reluctantly let it go:



This is the 15 inch that killed my butt


It would literally kill my seatbones, especially the "start" of my seatbones right between the legs. I had bruises and swelling everytime I rode in it. It might have had something to do with the way the padding was worn down since I got it used, and the seat was padded. This first saddle was a hardseat.

I don't have any good pics of me riding in it, but here are a few:









I don't like posting pictures of myself riding. I've gotten into the habit of perching since my tailbone has been hurting, and it causes a lot of issues with my position...so be kind, please.

When I look at these photos, I tend to think that my butt is a little bigger than the saddle can fit comfortably.
     
    09-02-2012, 03:29 PM
  #20
Trained
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Originally Posted by Kootenay    
Her name is Tory (originally "Timely Rain Dance"). She's an appendix (techinically grade)
No, she's from BC (Melderman Stables), although I think her breeders moved to AB though.

Ah, wrong sex. L
My sister sold an AQHA gding named Kootenay that looks JUST like her!
     

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