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As a general rule of thumb, a small adult will ride in a 16 to 16.5 inch saddle. A medium adult will normally need a 16.5 to 17.5 inch saddle and a large adult will need an 18 inch saddle or larger.How can you tell what size English saddle you need?
To measure for a Western saddle, measure the circumference of your thigh about 4 inches below your hips. Record the numbers and match them to a saddle seat size, often provided by the manufacturer. For example, if your English saddle measurement is 19 inches, you probably need a 16 1/2-inch seat.How do you compare Western Saddle Seat sizes to English?
In general, the Western saddle seat number will be 2 inches shorter than the English saddle one. For example, if you need a 16-inch Western saddle seat, you most likely need an 18-inch English version. The seat size you need can vary depending on several factors, including the cantle height at the back of the saddle.