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Western Saddle Seat Size Chart

What Seat size Western Saddle Do I need ??

This is very first question hit your mind when you buying a Western Saddle.

Seat sizes refer to rider fit considering your height and weight. Seat size has nothing to do with saddle fit the horse.

Comfortable sitting can be vary on model and shape of saddle.

Approximately 3” gap between the front of your body and the fork (swells).

Different types of riding will also have different seat requirements. Barrel Saddles for quick turns and fast starts may lead you to want more security in your seat.  Climbing hills or sticking with your cutting horse will require a little more room.  Trends in barrel racing and roping have competitors moving towards smaller, snugger fitting seat sizes. Trail Saddles for pleasure riders, cutters, and ranchers are staying with a little more relaxed fit. 

Barrel riders usually take 1” less on the seat size
16” Trail Rider = 15” Barrel Rider

Ranch (slick seats) usually ride smaller (1/2inch seat size) so they don’t slide around
16” is for most men, 15” for most women

Trail Saddles with High Cantles (5”) make the seat sizes feel smaller
Trail Saddle with 5” cantle will feel smaller in the seat than one with a 3.5” cantle

English Saddles don’t convert exactly but often are 2” bigger
18” English = 16” Western

Up to 50 lbs

50 to 100 lbs

100 to 150 lbs

150 to 200 lbs

200 lbs & Over

Youth

10" to 12"

12" to 13"

13"

Roping

12"

12" to 13"

13" to 15"

14" to 16"

15"+

Pleasure / Trail

10" to 12"

12" to 13"

14" to 15"

15" to 16"

15"+

Barrel

10" to 12"

12" to 13"

13" to 14"

14" to 15"

15"+

Rancher

12"

12" to 13"

13" to 15"

15" to 16"

15.5"+

Cutter

14" to 15.5"

15.5" to 16"

16"+

Reiner

13" to 15"

14" to 16"

15"+

Provided as a guide only. Please be sure to sit on your saddle and test the size before you ride in it.

Keep in mind that the many variations between saddle styles mean that there is always room for error when buying a saddle without trying it beforehand! For this reason, SaddleOnlineShop offers a 30 Days Return with 100% money back guarantee. If your calculations regarding “What size western saddle do I need?” ended up being a bit off and you wind up needing a different size, you’ll find that the process is pretty painless. Just be sure to leave the tags attached before trying the saddle for size. So happy shopping, and happy trails to you!