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post #1 of 9 Old 08-18-2010, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Billy Cook saddles...

I have heard that Billy Cooks run big in the seat... is that right? I'm 5'2" and i was wondering if a 16" would be too big. I fit perfectly in a 15 and 15.5

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-18-2010, 02:40 PM
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Kc, 16" is 16". Billy Cooks can be wider in the seat, meaning more spread, and that is possibly what they mean. The older Billy Cooks are usually wider in the gullet as well but a 16 is still a 16.

As for fit, at 5'2", it is going to come down to your weight and build. If you fit well in a 15 or 15 1/2, a 16 feel large but it may still work for you. The best suggestion is going to be to try the saddle.

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Okay thanks!! For my english saddle, I had to get an X-wide tree, so a Billy Cook in Full QH bars, would fit you think?? The lady at the tack store said I don't have room to grow in a 15" but it fit me perfectly.

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if you were to get a 16 it would feel big. I ride in a 14 and when I rode in my bf's 16 it felt weird....so just stick with whatever feels right for you.
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Okay, thanks!!!!!!!

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Rule of thumb in a Western is that you shouldn't be sitting on the cantle and there should be a fist length between your tummy and the swell or horn. A 14" seat is very small but if you are still growing and expect to ride your saddle for a long time and a 15" is just right, then you may want to move up to a 15 1/2 or 16.

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Okay, thats what I though, thanks!

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post #8 of 9 Old 09-08-2010, 08:54 AM
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My itty bitty 14yr old rides in a 15" show/pleasure saddle but only a 13" barrel saddle. I really don't know if she will ever grow into either one but she rides comfortably in both. English saddle we just got her is also a 15". But at just stretching the tape measure to reach 5' and tipping the scales at 80lbs I won't have to buy her a new saddle anytime soon :)
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I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to have a 15" saddle. I'm 5'7", but I'm small. I got a 15" saddle, but I can't go get it until Monday, so I'm not sure how well it's going to fit. I can't give much advice other than go with what's comfortable, I guess.

I bought a 14" saddle at a tack auction. The only reason I have to get a different one is the stirrups are too short even with new holes and the fenders are weird to get replacements.

I used to use a 14". I liked the more coziness of it. I tried a bigger one and just felt like I was going to slam into the pommel if there was a sudden stop rather than just kind of leaning on it.

That's just my two cents.
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