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Selecting the Correct Saddle Seat Size

Clinton’s Aussie Saddle is one of the most universal saddles in the equine world. Designed to fit most breeds of horses, the saddle is handmade by Martin Saddlery. It offers the perfect combination of an Aussie Stock Saddle and an American Western Saddle.

When it comes to choosing the correct size of saddle to get, it’s important to remember that our saddle tends to run about one size larger than a traditional western saddle. For example, if you currently ride in a size 16” saddle, you would likely need a size 15” in our saddle. Most saddles have their size stamped on them. However, to tell the size of your saddle, measure from the inside of the swell to the front of the cantle.

As a general rule of thumb, when in a well-fitted saddle, you should have about 4 inches between the front of your body and the swell of the saddle. Your backside should rest at the base of the cantle, but not be pressing against the back of it. “From my experience teaching clinics and working with thousands of riders, people tend to ride in saddles that are too small for them. It’s like they’re jammed in there with no room to move. You want to be sure you have freedom of movement and feel comfortable,” Clinton says.

Our Aussie Saddle is available in five sizes, from 13-inch to 17-inch. Learn more about the Aussie Saddle and the details Clinton put into its design on our website.