: I have a question! It's a bit embarassing but I've never been able until now to afford my own saddle so do you know how to tell what size and stuff to get ? Like how do you pick out the right saddle I'm so confused lmfao
Don’t be embarrassed at all! I don’t have my own saddle, mind you I lease so I don’t really need one. I’m not some great expert at fitting saddles but I will do my best to give you some guidelines and share what I know. In this situation I would get someone to help you out who is knowledgeable about fitting saddles correctly as they usually know where to start out. Do you have a coach or trainer who could help you out? That would be my go to person or someone who knows what they’re talking about at the tack shop.
Start off by choosing what type of saddle you need/want. English, western, etc. Then figure out what size you need for your horse. If you don’t have someone at your barn to help you, one place you can start is by making a wither tracing. Here’s a link to step by step instructions: http://horses.about.com/od/saddlesandsaddlefit/ss/withertracing.htm
Once you finish your tracing, you can take it into the tack shop to use as a guideline to figure out what sizes you should look at. And if you have no idea where to start, ask for assistance! Once you figure out the sizing for your horse you can move onto sizing for yourself.
The length of the saddle was originally to do with the height of the rider. Generally:
Under 16.5” would be a pony saddle suitable for children, teenagers or small adults.
17” - 17.5” would be considered the correct size for an average lady.
18” would be considered to be a men’s saddle
- A leg/seat measurement of 16.5-inches or less equals a 15-inch saddle.
- A leg/seat measurement of 16.5-18.5 inches equals a 16-inch saddle.
- A leg/seat measurement of 18.5-20 inches equals a 16.5-inch saddle.
- A leg/seat measurement of 20-21.5 inches equals a 17-inch saddle.
- A leg/seat measurement of 21.5-23 inches equals a 17.5-inch saddle.
- A leg/seat measurement larger than 23 inches will fit an 18-inch or 19-inch saddle.
(Sorry I don’t really know much about sizing Western saddles! If I’m correct the easiest conversion is to subtract two inches from the size of your English saddle, and you’ll be left with the size of your western saddle).
Here is a guideline to fitting the saddle to the horse: http://www.doversaddlery.com/images/art/Equine%20Library%2033%20Saddle%20Fitting.pdf
There are lots of articles online and videos on YouTube you can use as a reference. I would get someone to help you fit the saddle as well. Most likely you will try out a few saddles till you find the right one for you and your horse. Most tack shops will let you take them on trial too, or to fit your horse so ovbs always do that before you buy one! Look into used saddles as well, no need to go out and always buy a brand new one, plus the used ones will be broken in already. Hope this helps, good luck!:)
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