- 1 How do you know what size saddle you need?
- 2 How do I choose a saddle for my horse?
- 3 What size saddle does a 14.2 horse need?
- 4 Where should sit bones be on saddle?
- 5 Do you buy a saddle to fit the horse or the rider?
- 6 What is the best age of horse to buy?
- 7 What size saddle does a 16hh horse need?
- 8 What size saddle do I need for a 15hh horse?
- 9 What size saddle for 100mm sit bones?
- 10 Is a wider saddle better?
- 11 How much should I add to sit bone width?
How do you know what size saddle you need?
A good rule of thumb is that an English saddle seat size will run around two inches larger than a Western saddle. So, if you ride a 15.5” Western saddle, you will likely need a 17.5” English saddle. This is not an exact calculation, and you should always measure and test it first to be sure you get the right fit.
How do I choose a saddle for my horse?
Find The Right Saddle
- Evaluate Saddle Fit for Your Horse.
- Ensure your saddle stays centered.
- Free the withers.
- Investigate the gullet channel.
- Check the bars.
- Consider saddle length.
- Go on a test ride.
- Look at the impression.
What size saddle does a 14.2 horse need?
if you have a long leg then a 18inch but your 14.2hh may be too short in the back and may need a 17inch, might get away with a 17.5 inch.
Where should sit bones be on saddle?
The optimal saddle width guarantees that the sit bones lie completely flat on the saddle. This is the only way in which pressure is relieved on the sensitive area in men and on the pubic arch in women and ensures more efficiency. A saddle should fit like a pair of shoes!
Do you buy a saddle to fit the horse or the rider?
As well as fitting the horse, it’s important that the saddle fit the rider. A saddle that is too small will cause discomfort as you bump against the pommel at every stride (believe me, I’ve been there) A saddle that is too large will have you swimming around trying to maintain your position.
What is the best age of horse to buy?
The ideal horse for first-time horse buyers is probably 10-20 years old. Younger horses generally aren’t quiet and experienced enough for a first-time horse owner. Horses can live to 30 years plus with good care, so don’t exclude older horses from your search.
What size saddle does a 16hh horse need?
Between 16.5 and 18.5 inches — Look for a 16-inch saddle. Between 20 and 21.5 inches — Try a 17-inch saddle. Over 21.5 inches — Try an 18- or 19-inch seat size.
What size saddle do I need for a 15hh horse?
Scapular to last rib 47cm/18 ¼” when you take off 5cm/2” for shoulder movement, that gives you 42cm /16” very small space for a saddle on a 15hh horse. 16.5” saddle set as far back as it can go without going past the last rib.
What size saddle for 100mm sit bones?
A narrow sit bone width would be 100 mm or less, medium 100 to 130 mm, and wide over 130 mm. Saddle width is measured from edge to edge across the top of the saddle. Specialized, for example, recommend a 130 mm saddle width for narrow sit bones, 143 mm for medium, and 155 mm for wide sit bones.
Is a wider saddle better?
The shape of the saddle determines its best use. Wider saddles tend to be more comfortable so are good for long rides or leisurely riders where extra weight from more materials isn’t an issue. You need to be careful, if the saddle is too wide it can chafe whilst too thin can put a lot of pressure on soft parts.
How much should I add to sit bone width?
Your sit bones will leave an indentation on the paper. Use a measuring tape to measure the space between the indentations in millimeters not inches. Once you have the measurement, add 2cm (or 20mm). Saddle width is approximate to sit bone spacing + 2cm.