What Saddle size Do I Need?

Before purchasing a riding saddle, it’s crucial to know exactly what size it is. The gullet size, also called the tree or gullet width, is critical for your horse’s back. Saddles come in narrow, medium, wide, and extra-wide sizes. Each gullet size will fit a particular horse’s back. Below are some measurements to consider:


First, you need to know the correct leg/seat measurements. The saddle’s seat size is determined by measuring the space between the cantle binder and the back of the swell. The difference between the two measurements depends on the type of saddle, but it is usually about 3/8″ or 1/2″. For a full-padded saddle, the difference is around 5/8″ to 7/8″.

If you already have a saddle, you can use its seat measurement to determine what size you’ll need. Measurements of a saddle are easy to take. Use a tape measure and begin measuring behind the swell, making sure to reach all the way to the cantle. The seat of a Western saddle is generally one to two inches smaller than an English saddle, so if your thighbone is 20 inches, you should try a 17-inch English or 15-inch Western saddle. If you’re in doubt, size up or go down a size. However, be careful, because if your seat is too small, it will cause pressure to the back of the horse.

A well-fitting saddle is essential for your horse’s comfort. If it’s too loose, it can lead to foot pain, stiffness, and even sores, so proper measurements are essential. The right measurements can really make a difference when it comes to a comfortable ride. This article is written to help you make the right choice. Read on to learn more about western saddle measurements.

Saddles on the racks

Flap length

There are many factors to consider before buying a saddle. First, consider your height and body type and determine the size of your thighs. If your thighs are large, you should go for a bigger saddle. Also, remember that the flap length should be a third of your leg’s length. This way, the flap won’t interfere with your half-chap or tall boot. Finally, consider your riding style and position. Some riders like a snug seat, while others prefer a roomier one.

The seat depth and flaps of a saddle determine its overall size. Saddles vary in these features, so you should consider the difference between a small saddle and a large saddle. You’ll need to know the exact measurements of these two features before you buy a saddle. Saddle flaps can vary as well. Ultimately, you’ll need to buy the right size saddle for your horse’s weight and height.

The gullet is the channel running down the center of the saddle’s underside. The width of the saddle is just as crucial. The saddle should be wide enough to allow your horse’s spine to stretch properly. Otherwise, the saddle will pinch the horse’s muscles and cause pain. If you’re unsure about the width of your saddle, try riding in it first before buying it. A saddle that’s too narrow or too wide will cause an uncomfortable situation for both the rider and the horse.

Saddle types – western, dressage and jumping

Another factor to consider when purchasing a saddle is the shape. An English saddle may be deep while a western one may be flat. It is important to ensure that the cantle-to-nail distance of a saddle is correct for the discipline in which it will be used. A deep seat for dressage riding is significantly different from a flat jumping saddle.

The saddle’s flap width and length is another matter. Remember that your calf is a critical factor here. The flaps should extend to at least one third of the calf. The flap’s length should be able to fit without interfering with the top of your boots. Saddle flap size also depends on the riding style. If your knees tend to pop out over the front of your saddle, you may want to consider a forward flap for your saddle. You need to determine your riding style and the position of the flap when choosing a saddle.