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Western saddle seat sizing?
Comparing to an english saddle - what is the sizing like for western saddles? For instance, if I needed a 17" english saddle, would I need a 17" western saddle? And are full quarter horse bars the widest westerns saddle widths?
I ride in a 15" western and 17" english.
Average 17" English translates to 15" western
An english saddle fits a horse differently than a western. If you are just getting into the western world, I suggest trying saddles before buying. Will save a lot of headaches.
Thanks everyone! I'm just wondering because I'm getting back into western riding. We have tons of western saddles at our barn but half of them are broken and the others are a bit narrow for my chubby, wide backed appy. So I'm trying to learn what I can about them so I can find the best fitting one until I have enough money to buy my own.
Check the semi QH trees first.
My tank of a mare actually is a 'normal' fit and only requires a semi. My seemingly normal gelding needs the wide tree.
I ride in a 17" english seat, but prefer a 16" western seat over a 15" seat. I'm not really sure why that is, though. I prefer my western saddle to have a bit more room.
Full QH bars are like an "XW" English saddle in most brands. There are draft trees, which are even wider and flatter.
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