What Size Western Saddle Do You Need?

What's the correct saddle seat for you? Well first - saddle seat size just measures the distance from the base of the saddle's horn to the top middle of the cantle. This distance is then expressed as a size in half-inch increments from 12 inches to 17 inches. 

Typical Saddle Sizes

  • Youth: 12"- 13" 
  • Little Adult: 14" 
  • Normal Adult: 15" 
  • Expansive Adult: 16" 
  • Additional Large Adult: 17" 

Western Saddle Seat Sizing Chart

Rider's Height
Rider's Weight 5' - 5'5" 5'6" - 5'9" 5'10" +
100 - 125 lbs 15" 15" 16"
126 - 145 lbs 16" 16" 16"
146 - 165 lbs 16" 16" 16"
166 - 185 lbs 16" 16" 16"
196 - 225 lbs 17" 17" 17"
226 - 250 lbs 17" 17" 17"
250+ lbs 18" 18" 18"


Things that Impact the Above Saddle Sizes

  • Seat Depth - Some saddles have deep seats designed to keep you in place during extreme activity and others have shallower seats to allow for more movement.
  • Seat Slope - The seat angles from the handhold back towards the cantle and the slope can range from relatively flat to steep.
  • Cantle Slope - The cantle can be high and straight or have a slope that is mild or steep.
  • Cantle Dish - The cantle can be flat or have a recess or dish in the front side that can be an inch or more in depth. 
  • Fork Style - There are a wide range of fork styles that can range from wide swells to slick fork saddles with barely any swell. 
  • Fork Angle - Forks can be straight or angle away from the rider.

Tips

  • There ought to be around three-to-four inches between the front of your body and the fork (or swells).
  • Your posterior ought to lay on the base of the cantle, however ought not be squeezed against the back of the cantle.
  • It's usually ideal to have a saddle seat a bit too big, than a bit too small.