What size am I in Western?

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  • EquineMelody Original Poster
    Topics Started: 6Replies Posted: 29

    I’ve recently decided to not compete professionally in show jumping, and instead work at a career of training rescue horses (eventually) so I decided I want a western saddle, as it’s a bit easier to stay on one while training, but I don’t know what seat size I need. I’m a 17″ in English, so would that be a 17″ in Western too? It’s measured differently, so that’s why I ask… Thanks!

    Barrelracer612 Barrelracer612
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    I have a size 15′ barrel saddle. I am 5’6 and 135 pounds. It really depends how much space you like…..but 17″ is really going to be way too big most likely. I would suggest trying the size and type of saddle you want at a store (even if it isn’t exactly the one you want just so you can feel the western style).

    EquineMelody Original Poster
    Topics Started: 6Replies Posted: 29

    Ahh mkay, thank you! I was wondering about that, a 17″ western seemed really big… I’m 5’8″ and around 140-150 pounds, so probably a 15 or 16″? I went to a tack store today, but they were all so huge! I’ve used my trainers western saddle several times before, not sure of the size, but it fits great so I guess when she gets back I’ll measure that…

    saddlebum
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    I ride both. In English I’m a 17″ comfortably. I can ride Western in either a 15.5″, which honestly fits me better, or a 16″. Both are fine for me. 🙂

    NinaJD NinaJD
    Topics Started: 8Replies Posted: 139

    Typically Western saddles are 2 sizes smaller then english.
    So if you’re a 17 english, you should be a 15 western.
    The best thing to do though is go to a tack shop and sit in a 15 and a 16. you might find that you’re more comfortable in a 16.
    you should have a hands worth of space between your thigh and the cantel.(at least that’s what I hear) I go by what fits my butt and my horse.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

    EquineMelody Original Poster
    Topics Started: 6Replies Posted: 29

    Okay, thanks so much guys! The only thing I can find is a 16″, so I think I’ll go ahead and get that, I think it should fit me fine. Thanks for all the help!

    NinaJD NinaJD
    Topics Started: 8Replies Posted: 139

    15 and 16 western saddles are fairly common.
    where are you checking?
    you could also check on craigslist, there’s always a ton of saddles on that site.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

    EquineMelody Original Poster
    Topics Started: 6Replies Posted: 29

    I’m checking on ebay. I found several 15″, but not anything that looks to be in all that great shape, and I kind of really want a black saddle… I’ve looked on craigslist several times too, but I can’t find anything decent.

    myhorseisbetterthanyours
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    You also need to be careful not to get a saddle that’s too big for you, because it can rub you raw, and even make you bleed. I’ve been there

    myhorseisbetterthanyours
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    And if you’re going to get one off of ebay, make sure you have your horse’s measurements.

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