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post #41 of 51 Old 08-19-2013, 02:51 PM
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"For anyone who has used Western saddles extensively in their life, this just makes no sense. Firstly, almost every western saddle out there extends onto the loin of the horse. Western style saddles have been used for centuries. They are still used daily for long hours, over rugged terrain, doing all sorts of jobs on working ranches. Yet the design still persists. If weight on the loin cripples horses, then this design would have been junked a lot time ago."

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post #42 of 51 Old 08-19-2013, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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I'd say a 16" would definitely be too small for you. I'm 5'7" with a 32" inseam and I'm most comfortable in a 17", even when I weigh less than I do now.
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Yeah, I noticed the saddle shop I use has a GORGEOUS English saddle that's 18" on sale for $500. IDK if it will fit my horse though, and is there such a thing as too big of a saddle? I haven't tried it out yet, just stared at it longingly.
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post #43 of 51 Old 08-19-2013, 03:02 PM
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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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post #45 of 51 Old 08-19-2013, 03:59 PM
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Yeah, I noticed the saddle shop I use has a GORGEOUS English saddle that's 18" on sale for $500. IDK if it will fit my horse though, and is there such a thing as too big of a saddle? I haven't tried it out yet, just stared at it longingly.

You might not know this, but an 18 inch saddle of an English type (including dressage) is equal , roughly, in seat size to a 16 inch western seat size. So,. Golden's 17 inch western saddle is the equivilant of a 19inch english saddle. Add two inches to western seat size to get English seat sizxe.
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you might not know this, but an 18 inch saddle of an English type (including dressage) is equal , roughly, in seat size to a 16 inch western seat size. So,. Golden's 17 inch western saddle is the equivilant of a 19inch english saddle. Add two inches to western seat size to get English seat sizxe.
OK, I know the English saddle I currently use is a 16, but IDK what the western saddle is.
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post #47 of 51 Old 08-20-2013, 01:29 AM
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lol..he sure does look pissed... how mean of you make him stand for pics when everyone else got to go back to the pen/stall. Cute appy
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Drafty, you mean a 17 inch western, right?
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post #49 of 51 Old 10-12-2013, 01:49 PM
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Wow, you have a good lookin horse!! Im jealous! I think you will be perfect on him once you get a better fitted saddle(: Good luck with your gorgeous horse!
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post #50 of 51 Old 10-13-2013, 07:52 AM
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The western saddle has a greater area for the distribution of weight. Altho the bars may go beyond the last rib, it is up to the rider to not ride the cantle but remain deep in the seat.
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