Horse Saddle Size chart – Find your English or Western Saddle Size

There are 2 kinds od Horse Saddles : English and Western saddle. Both come with their own dimension which you discover in the below Horse Saddle Size Chart. A good fitting English saddle provides a comfortable ride and effectiveness for both you and your horse. When you start with the measurements and then test the fit to suit your personal preferences, you will find the best English saddle for you.

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Saddle Size Chart

Once you take your measurement, compare it to the chart below to select your saddle size:

Your MeasurementSaddle Size
<16.5”15” saddle
16.5” to 18.5”16” saddle
18.5” to 20”16.5” saddle
20” to 21.5”17” saddle
21.5” to 23”17.5” saddle
23+”18” saddle

You should have approximately a hand’s width of room both in front and in the back of your seat for the English saddle to be properly fitted. (Between two and four fingers is generally recommended). If you are in-between sizes, you should go up a size with a saddle that feels slightly too big to ensure that you are comfortable in the seat. You can adjust the fit incrementally with a saddle pad.

General Fit by Saddle Seat Size

This chart provides a general view of what saddle size you should plan to expect for children and adults:

Child or Small Adult14” – 16.5” saddle
Average Adult17” saddle
Large Adult17.5” – 18” saddle
Extra-Large Adult18+” saddle

Remember, this is only a guideline and you should determine the right saddle size based on your measurements and personal preference. You’ll want to see what feels the best for you, allowing you the ability to move as you need.

The chart can be useful, though, to validate your measurements. If you find there is a large difference between your saddle size and this chart, you may want to measure again.

How to Measure Gullet on an English Saddle

Selecting an English saddle with a properly-fitted gullet size is important for your horse’s comfort. You can generally determine the size required by looking down on your horse’s back from a position above. An average-sized horse will usually need a medium gullet.

If you are unsure of the right size for the gullet for your horse, you can measure your horse’s withers. Take a flexible-but-firm wire and place it over the horse’s withers two inches behind the horse’s shoulder blade, then bend it so it lays over the withers against the horse’s skin.

Next, lay the wire on a piece of paper (or more, if needed) and trace along the inside of the wire, making sure you do not bend the shape you formed. This method provides the measurement of the withers and the gullet.

Note: If you are unsure about the correct gullet size for your horse, please consult a professional.

Gullet Size Chart

This chart provides gullet-size measurements. However, there may be some variance among saddle makers.

Gullet SizeInches
Medium or Average6.5”
Extra Wide8”

Western Saddle Sizes vs. English Saddle

A good rule of thumb is that an English saddle seat size will run around two inches larger than a Western saddle. So, if you ride a 15.5” Western saddle, you will likely need a 17.5” English saddle. This is not an exact calculation, and you should always measure and test it first to be sure you get the right fit.

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