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post #1 of 7 Old 02-04-2012, 03:45 AM Thread Starter
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What size saddle?

So me and Marlea did novelties at the horse show today and came second in barrel racing by 0.01 seconds, and the person who came first was riding a champion quater horse and she was an adult.
So i would like to get into barrel racing and am thinking about buying a western saddle. I am 14 years old and weigh 50kg, and marlea is about 13.3hh. What size saddle? :)
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-05-2012, 10:15 AM
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What size of saddle do you normally ride in?

My barrel saddle is 15", my cutting saddle is 16.5"
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-06-2012, 01:50 PM
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Probably a 14 inch
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Agreed, 14 or 14.5 should work for you :)
Check out KO Trading for a saddle.
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It partially depends on how snug you prefer to be in your saddle also. My saddle is a 14" barrel saddle (I'm about your weight, but taller), but I have a friend that is the same size and rides in a 17" roping saddle.

Granted, you'll want a snugger saddle while doing barrels, but if you're comfortable in a larger saddle then use one. I also know you usually ride english and as a general rule, western saddles are around 2" smaller than english. As in, if you normally ride in a 17" English saddle, a 15" Western saddle will be close to the same size seat.
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western saddles are around 2" smaller than english
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-16-2012, 01:22 AM
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It can also depend on what brand of saddle you get..I've sat in the same size saddle but different brands and they could be either too big or not big enough...the best way to go about it is to actually sit in a few different brands/styles and saddles to see what you like..other factors could be the preference on a higher or lower swell and horn..I'm 5'3" right at 100lbs and ride in a 14.5 inch custom KO Trading saddle like Sierra mentioned above...

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