We will soon be leasing a pony for my 10 year old daughter and we need to buy an English saddle... What size should we get? (My daughter has a slender build.) How many years before she would likely outgrow this saddle?
Also, what size Western saddle would be best? And finally, is there a website out there that illustrates how you measure a western and english saddle? (I've been reading about cantle and horn heights and seat lengths and I haven't a clue as to the point of reference for measurements.)
This answer is without the knowledge of your daughter's height and weight. The average 10 year old should fit into a 13" western or 14" English saddle. She would most likely get 2 - 3 years of fit for the western befor needing 14". If it were my daughter I would put her in a 14" Western and 14" English which would last until her mid-late teens.
I have a GREAT 14.5 " Textan Hereford Pilgrim Trail saddle for sale, that was to small for person bought for. It was SOLD as a 15 inch, but the seat actaully measures 14.5" . I can shipped it to you for $600.00.Sells retail for $750- to $1000.00 I paid $750. It is Brand NEW still has the Tags on it. Email for pics if interested to firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks, Hope you find what you are looking for. Sounds like the previous advice on size is pretty good. I have 7 year old twin grandkids riding in a 13 inch western a little to big.They are averaged size. Lynn