Question: How do you measure an Australian saddle?

How do I know what size my saddle is?

The western saddle tree seat size should be measured from the back of the swell at the top of the gullet (point X) back to leading edge of the cantle or cantle board (point Y). Again, as stated before, tree makers have developed their own measurements and methods and may use other reference points.

How do you measure an Australian saddle gullet?

Measure the gullet by stretching a measuring tape from concho to concho across the front of the saddle, not over the top. Saddles with semi-quarter horse bars usually have gullets of 6 1/2 inches to 6 3/4 inches, while those with full quarter horse bars will feature gullets of 7 inches.

What size Australian saddle do I need?

If you normally ride in a 17″ english saddle, then you need a 17″ Australian saddle. If you normally ride in a 15″ western saddle, then you ride in an Australian seat two inches larger, usually a 17″ seat.

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How big is a 17 inch saddle?

A leg/seat measurement of 20-21.5 inches equals a 17-inch saddle. A leg/seat measurement of 21.5-23 inches equals a 17.5-inch saddle.

How do you know what size English saddle you need?

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.

Are Australian saddles comfortable?

The stirrup position on the Australian saddle is a little more forward than in a western saddle and the seat positions the legs in front of the body. This makes the saddle comfortable for long hours of riding and for riding in tough terrain.

How do you know if your saddle fits correctly?

Place the saddle on the horse’s bare back without a pad. There should be two to three fingers space between the top of the wither and the gullet of the saddle. If you can vertically fit your whole hand between the bottom of the gullet and the wither, the tree is probably too narrow.

How do you measure gullet size?

Peek between the skirts in the front and find the connection between the top of the saddle bars where they connect to the pommel. Place your tape ever so slightly below that joint on the inside of the gullet on the fleece and measure across to the other side in the same place.

How much does an Australian saddle weigh?

Aussie saddles range from 14 pounds to 26 pounds, fully fitted.

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Can you jump in an Australian saddle?

I love my Aussie saddle. I use mine for trail riding. You can jump in it, even with the poleys, it’s just not very comfortable and doesn’t put you in the optimal position.

What size Australian girth do I need?

Sample Girth Sizing Chart

Horse Height Western Aussie
14H to 15H (Small Horse) 30-32 33-35
15H TO 16H (Medium Horse) 32-34 36-38
16H to 17H (Large Horse) 36 39-40
17H and Over

What does Saddle size mean?

All western saddles come with a stated seat size. Seat size simply measures the distance from the base of the 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.

What size saddle do I need cycling?

Many suggest adding about 20mm, as signified by the Road Bike Bros above, which would then land you on the ideal saddle. For example, if your sit bones measured 130mm, you add 20mm and voila, a 150mm saddle width will fit perfectly!

Can a saddle be too short for a horse?

A saddle can’t really BE too small for a horse – yes it can look like a pea on a drum, but as long as it is big enough for a rider it matters not.

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