Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Yes, a saddle can be too big. I rode in an old rope saddle my old BO uses for trail rides (he runs a dude string). It had to have been a 18"+, plus it had a hard slick seat. The horse I was riding spooked crossing the highway on the way home and I nearly lost my seat. I've got a pretty good natural seat and probably would have been fine in a saddle that fit me better, but a huge seat coupled with too-long stirrups (if I moved them up one hole, they were way too short and we were on a four hour ride, so I chose to go too-long) made it a not fun experience.
In English saddles, I have an 18" Stubben Siegfried AP saddle that fits me (and my gelding) like a glove. I sat in an 18" Stubben (different model, though...can't remember what it was) that the same lady had for sale when I bought my Siegfried and it didn't fit nearly as well.
Just as a note, when I said I fit better in a 17", I was talking about western saddles, not English. Sorry! Should have made that distinction.
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