Use this time to bond with your child while you help guide them towards a saddle that will work for them. Children learn a lot through visual and sensory experiences.
In order to select the correct saddle size, you need to have your child sit down. The length of the upper leg is one of the main factors in determining what size saddle your child needs.
You want to choose a saddle size that is about 10% longer than your child’s upper leg. That way you can judge how long the saddle you purchase may last your child and how much you should invest in it.
Everyone grows at different rates, and the age range listed above may not be accurate for your child. One of the main causes of discomfort for young riders are stirrups that are too long.
Make sure that they can be made short enough to fit your child comfortably. If your child’s legs are really short, you can purchase a stirrup helper.
A stirrup helper generally consists of nylon webbing that you can wrap around the saddle horn in order to adjust the stirrups to fit your child’s legs. If your child is really young, start with teaching them to wipe down their saddle after they ride and how to hang it up correctly.
If your child loves horses, be sure to involve them in the process of choosing their first youth western saddle. Teach them to appreciate and take care of their saddle and their horse at a young age.
We hope this article has helped you with top information about buying children youth saddles. To guide our kids toward safe, comfortable rides and peak performance, we want to start them out with dependable saddles tailored to their seat size and height.
If you are attempting to locate a good bargain, do not fall into the trap of a saddle that is poorly or cheaply made. This will take some effort on your part since many times a youth saddle might lack proper construction and will not have a balanced seat.
Make sure the stirrups have a wide range of adjustments which will provide flexibility as your child grows. It is not unusual for older boys to need a smaller seat size than girls in the same age group.
If you are choosing a trail or working saddle, then comfort and security take priority. Many barrel-racing saddles for kids and adults alike will be designed for a snugger fit.
If your child prefers a saddle that makes a statement, then have fun with unlimited choices of colors, materials, and “bling” available in the marketplace. Then base your selection on seat size and saddle design that fits your budget.
Finally, the time comes when children outgrow their youth saddles, as they near or meet an adult’s measurements. Learning to ride in a saddle that’s too big puts a child at a disadvantage.
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Full basket with corner floral; brown iron silver trim. Same close contact rigging; in stock with smooth out seat; can be custom ordered in any tooling and silver, and in any size.
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Gorgeous sterling overlay trim package including silver horn, wrap gullet, 8 corner plates, castle, stirrup trim; tiny, highly detailed tooling, with great color. Shower Sale1203 View Bowman Reiner-NEW from Bob's Sits low and close to your horse- and gives you the maximum feel.
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Full Sterling overlay trim, fully hand carved in the popular ETZ pattern, close contact seat, rigging, and fenders; this one has it all! ShowFor Sale1177 View Square Skirt Racer/All-Around 16Distinctive look for racers- square skirts, square sterling overlay ponchos, attractive combination tooling- high performance! ReiningFor Sale1176 View 16" Duane Latimer Ranchers's the same saddle as 1126 but in the lite oil finish. Reining Sale1175 View Bob’s Custom Saddles 14” Youth Racer/all around Built on the DL tree for adult performance in a youth saddle, this one features full silver accents and hand tooling.
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Full trim package includes deluxe “d's”, corner plates, silver ponchos and tips. Reining Sale1148 View 15.5" and 16" “DL” Square Skirt Show Saddles truly distinctive look works for all around, trail, reining, and horsemanship.
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