Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Welcome to the forum Tracy!
If you are riding a 16" English, then a 15" should be the right size in a Western. A 17" saddle will be huge on you and would be the equivalent of an 18" or even a 19" English saddle.
About the Saddle you bought, actually I'm hoping you didn't buy it yet. It is not a well made saddle and certainly not one that I would recommend. The gullet and bar spread is for a very wide horse, the bulldog type of Quarter Horse.
If you did buy it, that is more of a problem then you may have realized. Shipping back will be at least $35.00 and then another $35.00 for the correct size. If you returned it altogether, it seems the refund will only be about $250 of the $299 you spent and your cost of shipping it back, so a net of ~$215 back.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.