seat size? - The Horse Forum
  • 2 Post By smrobs
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 08-22-2014, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 387
• Horses: 0
seat size?

A trainer that I worked with said that I'd do best in 16.6 or 17 in seat.. For a male 6 feet 0 and 200 lbs..any idea what my seat should be? I know that 16 is average.. thanks
luke4275 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 Old 08-22-2014, 09:00 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 11,762
• Horses: 3
Are you referring to English saddles or Western? Also I think you might be mistaken, both disciplines, there is no 16.6.

I am not here to promote anythingNo, that's not true, I am here to promote everything equestrian and everyone enjoying horses!
waresbear is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 08-22-2014, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 387
• Horses: 0
western typo.. meant to write 16.0
luke4275 is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 08-22-2014, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 387
• Horses: 0
sorry lets start again... trainer said 16.5 or 17.0 western... cant a 16 work just fine at 200 lbs and 6ft tall.. how is seat size determined
luke4275 is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 08-22-2014, 10:31 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 22,258
• Horses: 24
It depends on how much of your weight you carry in your hips and on your butt. My brother is only slightly taller than you at 6'1 and weighs more at about 215. He rides in a 15 and loves it but much of his weight is in his arms/shoulders (farrier) and his hips and legs are rather slender.

I think your best bet would be to find a style of saddle you like (different styles will fit differently) and just try the different sizes to see which you would like most. If you've got a local tack shop, you can go there and plop your butt in as many saddles as you like until you find one that fits you good.

One thing to keep in mind though, if you are ever in doubt, go a half inch bigger. It is much better to have a little too much room than it is to not have enough.
COWCHICK77 and Emma2003 like this.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog:
smrobs is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 08-26-2014, 12:33 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 5,335
• Horses: 2
I weight a little more than you and I'm a woman, which means I have a pretty, um, "noticeable" butt and belly. All my saddles are 16's or 17's.

I would say it depends a lot on the style of the saddle. I've been riding in A-forks and wades with high cantles. A 17 fits me best in that style because the cantle comes up high and cradles your butt. But I have also ridden in 17's that are more flat seated, roper type saddles and they are huge in a 17, way too big for me! So my gut feeling, since you're a guy, is that a 16 would work for you just fine. Most guys have less butt than a woman of similar weight.

But the best thing to do would be to sit in your prospective saddles (or ones of the same style if, say, you are ordering online) so you have an idea of how much room you like. Because some of that is personal preference. I used to like big, roomy saddles until I started riding a 2 yr old. Now I kind of like my saddles to fit tighter.

Anyway, I guess the point I am trying to make is, it depends on the style of saddle. Some 17's fit more like a 16, and some are downright huge. And I don't think you should rule out 16's until you sit in a few either. They can also run large and small.
trailhorserider is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 08-26-2014, 12:41 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 2,721
• Horses: 1
I would try to find a variety of saddles ranging 16-17" to sit in and ride in if possible. Check any tack stores or feed stores as they often have consignment saddles in store. Ask your trainer and any buddies who ride if you can sit in their saddles. It really comes down to what feels comfortable for you.
Posted via Mobile Device
DuckDodgers is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 08-26-2014, 01:02 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 5,286
• Horses: 1
There are some calculators out there that attempt to figure out your seat size based on measurements you input (this one uses height, weight, and thigh circumference: Western Saddle Seat Calculator) A calculator or chart can give you a good idea of a starting point, but like others have said, it depends largely on the build of the saddle and your personal preference of how much space you like in the saddle as to what seat size you actually feel comfortable riding in.

“The horse is a mirror to your soul. Sometimes you might not like what you see. Sometimes you will.” - Buck Brannaman
"Nothing forced can ever be beautiful." - Xenophon
verona1016 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
seat size help bossmare1j Horse Tack and Equipment 11 09-09-2013 03:50 PM
Determining Seat Size toosexy4myspotz Horse Tack and Equipment 7 08-02-2013 04:44 PM
Seat Size Cruiser Horse Tack and Equipment 4 02-05-2013 12:15 PM
seat size too small! canterlope13 Horse Tack and Equipment 8 08-15-2010 03:36 PM
What seat size do I need? horseluver50 Horse Tack and Equipment 7 07-05-2010 05:19 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome