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    08-11-2011, 06:48 AM
  #1
Weanling
how much room do you need to move around in a western saddle?

I am taking lessons in a western saddle, this is a very big western saddle with lots of room to move around in and from the seat just has a big round horn without the square bit that the horn sits on (sorry i'm definitely new to western saddles and am not sure of correct terminology maybe I mean quarter horse bars?). I have recently purchased my own and find it a little snug. When I say snug I mean that when I am sat in the saddle there isn't much room between my leg and the square bit maybe an inch or two at the most. I know pics would help but I don't have anyone to take pics while i'm in the saddle right now but will try get some. I haven't tried posting the trot in it yet but i'm guessing that maybe my legs will bang against the square bit (heck can someone please tell me what that square bit is called?) does this sound like it is too small for me. I'm not sure whether it's because I am so used to having such a big sadle to move around in. I do feel more secure in mine as it fits snugly. I've been trying to have a look at pics on here to see if I can see how much room there should be. Any comments/opinions/advice welcome thank you.
     
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    08-11-2011, 07:06 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Do you have pic message? Or a cell phone that you can upload onto your computer? I'm not sure how to measure the seat. Maybe have your trainer tell you the size your in. Or a very personal question,, how tall are you and your weight?
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    08-11-2011, 07:22 AM
  #3
Trained
Good reading about western saddles here:

Western Saddle Guide : Expert advice

How much room depends on how you ride & what you want to do. The size of your thigh and how you position it (long stirrups vs shorter stirrups) and just how tight you like it to be are probably the biggest factors.

I prefer a longer, unpadded seat, but I'm using a shorter, padded one because it is the only one that I've found in my price range that fits my horses (Arabians).
     
    08-11-2011, 07:27 AM
  #4
Weanling
I do have a phone that I can take pics with but I don't have anyone to take the pics while i'm on board. Maybe I could take it myself from a birds eye view that way you could see the distance as I see it. I am 5'3" and overweight at 12.5 stone. I think the saddle was described as the equivalent of 17" english which would be plenty big enough for me. I will really try to get some pics tonight. The weather is really bad rain so maybe i'll have to get wet!
     
    08-11-2011, 07:31 AM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by bsms    
Good reading about western saddles here:

Western Saddle Guide : Expert advice

How much room depends on how you ride & what you want to do. The size of your thigh and how you position it (long stirrups vs shorter stirrups) and just how tight you like it to be are probably the biggest factors.

I prefer a longer, unpadded seat, but I'm using a shorter, padded one because it is the only one that I've found in my price range that fits my horses (Arabians).
Thanks for link I will check it out. I ride quite long in my stirrups and have to admit that my legs are quite chunky. I wouldn't mind not having a lot of room but is it safe to have a quite snug fitting western saddle?
     
    08-11-2011, 07:35 AM
  #6
Green Broke
I think too that as long as you are comfortable and you don't feel like your going to fall out you should be fine. Do you lope? Not canter but lope?
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    08-11-2011, 07:57 AM
  #7
Weanling
http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/..._455996_n1.jpg

I hope this link works i'm no computer whiz! This is a pic of me on my mare in my instructor's saddle. Although it's not a great pic (but might give you some indication) as i'm leaning forward to give her a rub on her neck. This was such a happy day as this was the first time I had rode her since bringing her back into work I nearly cried. There is a lot more room in this saddle than the one I have got but i'm not too botheres about it aslong is it's not an issue safety wise. I will get pics tonight of me in my saddle.
     
    08-11-2011, 08:00 AM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by mbender    
I think too that as long as you are comfortable and you don't feel like your going to fall out you should be fine. Do you lope? Not canter but lope?
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No I haven't loped before but I also haven't cantered either. I lost my confidence a while ago and just trying to get that back before moving up from a trot. My instructor's horses aren't western trained so I haven't tried a lope but I know that it is a more slower gait than a canter why do you ask?

     
    08-11-2011, 08:03 AM
  #9
Weanling


This has the square bits at the horn that my saddle has.
     
    08-11-2011, 08:06 AM
  #10
Showing
The saddle part you are referring to is called the "swell". As far as fit is concerned, you should be able to sit back to the cantle (the back of the saddle) without your butt falling over it and be able to fit your fist (~4") between your tummy and the horn. If your leg is hitting the swell, it could very well mean that the saddle is too small for you or you don't have the fenders adjusted properly. Remember that you ride with a longer leg in a Western then in an English.

The bars of the saddle refer to spread of the tree and the size to fit your horse - not you. Size (for the horse) is measured at the gullet and is an indicator of the size. There are other considerations as to size such as angle of the bars as well.
     

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