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How to Choose the Proper Seat Size for Your Saddle

Properly fitting a saddle to its "human interface" is of critical importance. Mistakes can lead to frustration, fatigue, and even safety issues. Confusion can arise when switching between saddle types and riding styles. Note that different style saddles use different measuring conventions. As a result, a 17" Western style saddle is roughly equivalent to a 20" English style saddle or a 19" Australian style saddle.

Here is a chart for women that may be helpful when choosing a seat size:

Western Seat Size 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
English Seat Size 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Australian Seat Size 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Weight (lbs) 95-120 120-140 140-160 160-180 180-200 200-220   220+ 
Pant Size 4-6 6-8 10-12 14-16 18-20 20-22 22+

 

Here is a chart for men that may be helpful when choosing a seat size:

Western Seat Size 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
English Seat Size 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Australian Seat Size 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Weight (lbs) 110-130 130-160 160-180 180-200 200-220 220-240   240+ 
Waist Size 28-32 32-34 34-36 36-38 38-40 40-42 42+

 

If would like our help choosing the correct size, please feel free to contact us via phone at (720) 975-9291 or email at info@aussiesaddle.com. We try not to ask too many personal questions, but any information you can provide about your body shape is helpful to our saddle fitters. With Australian saddles, the size and shape of your thighs relative to the rest of your body is an important piece of information due to the importance of the "poleys" or knee pads on Australian saddles. Feel free to email us a full length photo!

How to Assess if Your Australian Saddle Fits Properly | How to Make a Wither Tracing | How to Take Fitment Photos | How to Take a Heart Girth Measurement