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Reining saddles
#1
I've been trying to find a reining saddle that will fit me and my horse and have found none... I need a 15" size, but most saddles start with 15,5 at minimum, more often - 16"!!! Does anyone know why is that? Or they need to be 0,5 bigger than any other to be the same fit?

I was also surprised to find out that most reining saddles have a 28"-29" long skirts... My current trail saddle has 24,5" skirt and it's max, as my horse is rather short-backed. 29" would reach her tail Smile)

The reason I'd like a reining saddle is because they are often made with close contact skirts which I like more... I'm also trying to find one that will have a more or less vertical seat with the legs right under the bottom, not forward as on some reining saddles...

but it seems not very realistic to find one Sad
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#2
If you are looking for a close contact deep seated saddle with a short skirt you might take a look at a Barrel saddle. They come in a variety of designs and trim levels.

The Dakota's we have bought from Chuck may just fit the bill. Mrs Hook has a 14 inch seat and mine is 15".
Hook(ed)......on Horses

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#3
Well... never sat in a barrel saddle, but from what it looks, I'd prefer more freedom of movement... maybe... i.e. flatter seat
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