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How to Measure Western Saddle Seat Size

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Cat North began writing for the Web in 2007. Her work appears on various websites such as WORK.COM and Her writing expertise includes dance, fitness, health, nutrition, media, Web, education and business. She holds a Bachelor of Science in radio, television and film from the University of Texas and a Master of Business Administration in computer information systems from City University.
How to Measure Western Saddle Seat Size
Western saddles are used for pleasure and performance western riding.

Although modern western saddles are mostly made out of synthetic materials, the basic design hasn’t changed much over the years. First created for riding and working on the range, western saddles are equipped with a saddle horn and other features for ranching and herding. They're now used for all sorts of western-style riding and performance, and finding the right one can make or break a pleasure ride or an equestrian competition. Western saddle seat sizes range from toddler sizes to large adult sizes.

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Step 1

Figure out what type of western saddle you need based on your riding goals. Although basic western saddles are all designed for practicality, comfort and security, they come in many varieties, notes the Mini Horse & Pony Tack Guide. Choose your saddle based on your riding purpose and style.

Step 2

Barrel racing saddles are designed for performance and speed.
Barrel racing saddles are designed for performance and speed.

Use a pleasure saddle if you plan to ride for recreation only. It’s the most popular saddle and is designed for comfort. Select a saddle for performance if you plan to show horses. Performance saddles include barrel racing, cutting horse and roping saddles. Buy a saddle that not only fits you but also fits your horse properly.

Step 3

Stretch the measuring tape from the back of the pommel, just below the saddle horn, to the outside seam of the cantle, or seat back. Western saddles seat sizes range from 5 to 22 inches, according to Mini Horse & Pony Tack Guide. Choose a seat that's 7 to 8 inches for a small child or toddler; 9 to 10 inches for a child 3 to 6 years old; 11 to 12 inches for a child 7 to 10 years old; 13 inches for a larger child or teenager; 14 inches for a small adult; 15 or 16 inches for an average adult; and 17 to 20 inches for a large adult.

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