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    12-02-2008, 11:33 PM
Awesome thanks appyt i'll take a look
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    12-02-2008, 11:54 PM
I also found a good size chart here 16" Western Barrel Racing Showman Saddle STRONG & SOLID - eBay (item 200261017126 end time Dec-05-08 15:52:25 PST) i'm about 5'2 and 130lb and converted to kg is about 58 so i'll be needing a 16 so the 17 might work but I may want a better quality saddle that will last a really long time
    12-02-2008, 11:59 PM
AHAHAHAHAHA That sounds so weird... I weigh a bit more than 130# but I am also 5'6" I still think the 17 will be way too roomy. But I hope it works for ya so you don't have tos end it back.
    12-03-2008, 12:12 AM
So I found this other saddle Beautiful 16" All Leather Western Show Saddle - eBay (item 110320184227 end time Dec-03-08 19:14:08 PST) that I really like it will fit me based on scales and the gullet will fit both my horses so i'll probably return the one that I have coming in but it's got 24 hours until the sale ends so I won't be able to get that one but I would like one similar
    12-03-2008, 12:14 AM
Lol appyt you must be like a stick for your heigth
    12-03-2008, 07:52 AM
Tracy, use this chart for fitting a saddle to yourself: Western Saddle Seat Sizing Chart

As for the saddles you posted, the one in #12 is the better one. Any saddle that you buy new for under $500 is not going to be good quality and you would be better off buying used at that point.

Look into Dakota saddles, they are a well made saddle for the money and I recommend it - some styles may be in your range or at least the range of the one in post 12.
    12-03-2008, 08:55 AM
Originally Posted by Tracy    
lol appyt you must be like a stick for your heigth
No, I haven't been a stick since I was 17. I did say "A bit" over.. Meant a huge BIT! I ain't sayin the size of that BIT.. Just know I haven't weighed 130 since I was 20something. I just keep growin. Lol
    12-03-2008, 09:00 AM
Iride, Now you've gone and done it! OMG I need a bigger saddle. UGH, or I could just lose weight.. ROFLMAO
    12-03-2008, 01:58 PM
Yep, a 17" western saddle would be too big even for an average sized man. I'm about your same size and ride in a 16" english saddle and a 15" western saddle. You would be better off finding a good used saddle rather than a new cheap one. Also one hint for sizing a western saddle is that when you sit in it your thigh should be about 2 or 3 fingers width from the concho or screw that is just below the pommel and near the seat.
    12-03-2008, 02:08 PM
You might want to do a little more looking before you buy, if it's not too late. I'm with some of the others here -- the saddle you're looking at isn't one that I'd recommend. In fact, I'd encourage you to look at a much better made saddle that's used but in good repair. You can find something for $500 or less if you're patient. I'd also suggest looking for a saddle with the sides, under your legs, cut up and away so you can have closer contact with your horse as you ride.

Go to a local saddle shop and have them fit you for saddle size and then you'll know what size of saddle to look for. Then shop for a quality, but used saddle. Those saddles will never lose their value, compared to the one you're looking at online. HOpe it's not too late for this advice.

Welcome to the world of Western Riding. You'll love it!!!

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