My two stubbens I ride in (jumping saddles) are both 18". I sat in a lovely bates Isabell, and decided to try and find one to use during flatwork (my trainer was thrilled, as she thinks her attempts to convert me to dressage are working- she might be right aha!).
I found a bates Isabell, great price point, gently used in a 17.5". I know a lot of people say that the “new” model of the bates Isabell is a little roomier. So, do you think going down a half an inch would make a difference?
My other option is an 18" wintec Isabell, but it is much more used and I wouldn’t say that I fancy the synthetic too much… Hopefully the girl with the 17.5" bates will let me trial it! I’m pretty sure it’s love.