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Tracy 12-02-2008 06:32 PM

New To Western
 
So i've been riding hunter/jumper for 9 years and now my horse and I are making a switch to western pleasure. We start our first lesson on Thursday with my new western trainer. Any suggestions on anything that I should do before my lesson? I've been riding my horse the past couple weeks western in an english saddle, and i've gotten him to a really nice jog, lope and transitions need a lot of work (he knows them but he's just an a$$) New Western 17'' show pleasure trail horse saddle - eBay (item 120336843047 end time Dec-19-08 13:17:41 PST) will be my new saddle. I know it's a show saddle and i'm not planning to show so it's for everyday use. So just any info that you think i should know about western please send some info or whatnot

sandsarita 12-02-2008 06:47 PM

Nothing right off the top of my head. But the main thing I spotted is about how big are you? A 17" western saddle is quite large. I ride in a 17" Stubben for my H/J stuff, and a 15" for western, with a 16" swallowing me. Just a thought, and have fun with western. It will be a change, but you'll learn alot.

Tracy 12-02-2008 07:32 PM

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Nothing right off the top of my head. But the main thing I spotted is about how big are you? A 17" western saddle is quite large. I ride in a 17" Stubben for my H/J stuff, and a 15" for western, with a 16" swallowing me. Just a thought, and have fun with western. It will be a change, but you'll learn alot.
I'm about 5/1 or 5/2 and i think i ride in a 16" in my Antares for hunter/jumper my mom thinks 17" would be fine. And if the saddle is to big for me i can return it within 3 days so i'll have my trainer look at it also to see if it fits me properly and my two horses.

And thanks, my trainer says she will teach me some dressage stuff and we won't have to go slow all the time so that's good. And i've pretty much only switched because my horse has navicular and can't jump anymore. So i'm hoping western will be fun. And it will be nice to learn new things and be back with a trainer especially after riding on my own for over a year

Spastic_Dove 12-02-2008 07:34 PM

Western saddles run smaller than english saddles.

Tracy 12-02-2008 07:37 PM

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Western saddles run smaller than english saddles.
i guess that's good to know, i will most likely have to return the saddle then when it comes what saddle size i should ride in what do you guys suggest for a person of my height

Appyt 12-02-2008 08:05 PM

If you are a petite 5'1" you may fit in a 14".. Otherwise a 15 is a pretty standard size. I ride a 16 western and I'm not petite by any means. If there is a tack shop around somewhere or you know someone with a western saddle you might try sitting in one and go from there.

iridehorses 12-02-2008 08:07 PM

Welcome to the forum Tracy!

If you are riding a 16" English, then a 15" should be the right size in a Western. A 17" saddle will be huge on you and would be the equivalent of an 18" or even a 19" English saddle.

About the Saddle you bought, actually I'm hoping you didn't buy it yet. It is not a well made saddle and certainly not one that I would recommend. The gullet and bar spread is for a very wide horse, the bulldog type of Quarter Horse.

If you did buy it, that is more of a problem then you may have realized. Shipping back will be at least $35.00 and then another $35.00 for the correct size. If you returned it altogether, it seems the refund will only be about $250 of the $299 you spent and your cost of shipping it back, so a net of ~$215 back.

Tracy 12-02-2008 08:29 PM

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About the Saddle you bought, actually I'm hoping you didn't buy it yet. It is not a well made saddle and certainly not one that I would recommend. The gullet and bar spread is for a very wide horse, the bulldog type of Quarter Horse.
And i needed a gullet that size for my sister's horse who i also ride/take care of and he's a 17.2HH TB and we tried a 6.5 full quarter horse saddle on him and it just killed his back and he couldn't really move because it was pinching him. And my own horse is also a TB but built more like a quarter horse but he's only 16.2hh

And i will probably have to return it anyways because of it probably being to big. I just told my mom that it's going to be to big but she still insists that it will fit me and unfortunantley i will loose some money on returning it but at least it's a cheap saddle because i can't afford anything really over $500 and it's so hard to find a wide gullet

Tracy 12-02-2008 08:49 PM

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If you are a petite 5'1" you may fit in a 14".. Otherwise a 15 is a pretty standard size. I ride a 16 western and I'm not petite by any means. If there is a tack shop around somewhere or you know someone with a western saddle you might try sitting in one and go from there.
Wow a 14 sounds soo tiny lol i can't wait until i prove my mom wrong when the saddle is too big

Appyt 12-02-2008 10:24 PM

Here is a size chart I find useful from downunder Follow that link and scroll down to the bottom of the page if this isn't clear.



Western size 14" 15" 16" 17" 18"
English size 17" 18" 19" 20" 21"
Aussie size 16" 17" 18" 19" 20"


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