English and Western saddles come in different seat sizes. Of course, they aren’t measured the same way (that would be too easy). However, understanding seat size is critical to getting a saddle that fits!
Here’s how you measure the seat size on an English saddle.
- Start measuring from the nail, or “button”, that is on either side of the pommel.
- Extend the measuring tape from the button to the center of the cantle.
- That’s it!
- Remember that seat depth impacts fit just as much as size. A 17″ saddle with a flat seat will ride “bigger” than a 17″ saddle with a deep seat. That’s why it’s important to try different saddles before buying.
- In general, dressage saddles have deeper seats than jumping saddles. People often need to go up half an inch or an inch in size depending on the depth of the seat.
I can’t possibly measure a saddle or sit on one I’m planning to buy on line. So your instructions don’t help- me at all. I need help in figuring out how to ORDER a saddle that fits. I am tall, slim, 120 pounds. How can I tell what size and depth of saddle to order?
Thank you. I found your reply very helpful.