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post #1 of 8 Old 08-22-2014, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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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
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-22-2014, 09:00 PM
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Are you referring to English saddles or Western? Also I think you might be mistaken, both disciplines, there is no 16.6.

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western typo.. meant to write 16.0
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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