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post #1 of 32 Old 01-15-2010, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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What size saddle do you ride in?

I have had a hard time getting comfortable in a western saddle. After a long ride my hips get very sore, and i'm wondering if I am riding in the wrong size saddle or something. I had switched back to english as I'm more comfortable (and had to sell my western saddle to pay vet bills), Everything I want to do is western so I'm in search of a saddle again. I am riding in a 17" english saddle, I am 5'4" and 121 pounds. Anyone about that size that could help me out or give me some sort of comparison?
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post #2 of 32 Old 01-15-2010, 09:20 AM
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post #3 of 32 Old 01-15-2010, 09:57 AM
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Ok well im 5'4 and 140 pounds an i ride in a 15-16 inch western. I also have a fairly large buttocks LMAO so since you weigh a bit less then me but are about the same size...so long as you dont have a super huge booty i would say a 15 inch saddle would be right for you!

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An english saddle is usually 2 sizes up from a western, so I'd say a 15" as well.
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I'm 5'6" 110 lbs and I have a 14" western and 16" english.
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post #6 of 32 Old 01-15-2010, 10:55 AM
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Since someone started this post, are there any ladies out there that consider themselves to be BBWs? What size saddle do you ride in?
I know I have to go and get sitting in some saddles to find out what size I need, but Id like to know what you larger ladies use.

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post #7 of 32 Old 01-15-2010, 11:08 AM
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Although you may be in the wrong size saddle, if your hips are giving you a problem, it may be the way your fenders are turned (or not turned) and the length they are adjusted to.

When I get a new saddle, the first thing I do is to permanently turn my stirrups so that they are always facing front and adjust my leathers so that they are longer then an English saddle. If I don't, I get a lot of pain from my hips and knees after a good ride.

To determine if you are in the right size seat, your bum should be against the cantle with a little room at the top and you should be able to get a fist between your tummy and the horn. The starting point is 2 sizes below an English saddle.

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post #8 of 32 Old 01-15-2010, 11:25 AM
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I turn my fenders/stirrups, too and put a broomstick through them to get them fixed.
Length of stirrups--from my years of experience, and learning from others, when you stand in your stirrups you should be able to fit a flat fist between crotch and saddle seat. This will probably vary for some people, but it's a good rule of fist . . .um, I mean thumb.
If you have much more room, your stirrups are going to be too short.

I agree on size, sounds like you'd take a 15". Shoving a filler in the space for a too-big saddle is just not realistic. This is a saddle you'll be using all the time, not just a couple. Good luck!!!

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post #9 of 32 Old 01-15-2010, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Found a pic of my rear in a saddle. It was a 15" barrel/trail saddle. Does it look too small for me?? My stirrup is too short in the pic and i'm sitting too far back, but its the only one I can find
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post #10 of 32 Old 01-15-2010, 11:30 AM
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Looks like a good butt fit; I bet if you lower those stirrups you'll feel alot better!!!

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