Selecting your Seat Size

Western Seat Sizes

Kuda Western saddles are measured from the pommel to the front of the cantle. Please note that seat sizes 14” and 15” WESTERN saddle seat sizes are only available in the Trail and Endurance Leather Flex Saddles, not Western saddles built on the Equi-Flexible Tree, except of course for the Aussie Flex Saddles.

‘Jean sizes’ are offered as a guide only.

Seat Size Western Women Jean Size Men Jean Size Aussie Seat Size
14” Ladies 6 24” Waist -
14.5 Ladies 7-8 24”-25” Waist 13.5” Smallest Aussie
15 Ladies 8-10 26”-28” Waist 13.5”
15.5 Ladies 10-12 29”-30” Waist 14”
16 Ladies 12-14 31”-32” Waist 14.5”
16.5 Ladies 14-16 32”-33” Waist 15”
17 Ladies 16-18 34”-35” Waist 15.5”
17.5 Ladies 18 36”-37” Waist 16” Largest Aussie
18” Ladies 20 38”- 40” Waist -

If you already ride in a Western saddle and you are happy with that seat size, then just choose the same size in the Kuda Western range. Some riders prefer a ‘roomier’ seat while others prefer to be ‘snug’ in the saddle. It really is a personal choice. If selecting a saddle with Bucking Rolls then it is wise to take a seat size half an inch larger than you normally would. You should be able to get 2-3 fingers between your thigh and the Swell of the saddle.

English Seat Sizes

The techniques used to measure the seat of English saddles are similar to that of a Western saddle. Unlike Western saddles, English saddles do not have a large cantle, and as a result tend to measure larger. If you’ve ridden in a Western saddle and know the size of that saddle, then it should be easy to determine the size you may want to consider for an English saddle.

A good rule of thumb for Western riders is that the English seat size is generally two inches larger than a Western saddle seat size. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the exact size you need, but it will be close. For instance, if you ride in a 15 western saddle, you will probably need a 17 English saddle. General seat sizes range from 14 up to 19 with 17 and 17.5 being the most common and most popular sizes.

The easiest way to measure for the appropriate seat size is to measure your upper thigh.

  1. Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the ground so that your knees are bent at a 45-degree angle. Be sure your buttocks are touching the back of the chair.
  2. Take a measuring tape and run it along your thigh bone, measuring from the end of your knee to the backside of your buttocks.

When in doubt, it’s better to go a size larger. If your saddle is too small for you, then you will be sitting on the cantle instead of the deepest part and putting a lot of pressure on your horse’s back.

Gullet Size

A saddle with the right gullet size for your horse is equally as important as the rider’s seat size.

There are a variety of gullet sizes (also known as saddle width or tree size) to fit the width of a horse’s back. The most common sizes are narrow, medium, wide, and extra-wide.

Looking down on your horse’s back from above, you should be able to determine the size of your horse’s back. The average horse will generally need a medium gullet size while larger horses, like Warmbloods and draft horses, might require a wide or extra-wide saddle. The gullet size is also dependent on what type of breed you have. For example, Arabians and Thoroughbreds generally have narrow backs and may need a narrow width. If you are unsure of the gullet size your horse would need, please consult with your trainer or local horse professional.

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