- The “farm and garden” section of your local Craigslist page is a great place to start your search. There are often used saddles, tack, and clothing such as boots, boots and helmets that are worth your time. In my experience, 18″ saddle postings are fairly common and I’ve even seen a few 19″ go up here and there. There are even horses posted for sale, trade, or free lease. I find new stuff on Craigslist everyday. PLEASE NOTE: This is Craigslist. Make sure to watch out for spam and questionable listings…
- Web-based equine sales and trade sites such as Horseclicks.com, EquineHits.com, and Equinenow.com are great resources for finding used saddles, tack, and horses for sale.
- Good old Ebay is a great place to find new and used items. There are usually a few listings for 19″ and 20″ saddles up at any given time and the quality of the listings ranges from cheap low quality saddles up to top of the line brand name saddles. They also have great deals on everyday items such as splint boots, leathers and irons, polo wraps, and anything else you can think of. The key is to search items you need every few days. Mew items are being posted all time time, and it’s important to check back frequently so you don’t miss out on great deals!
- Online tack stores often have more stock than their brick and mortar counterparts. Places like Dover Saddlery and State Line Tack online carry new saddles in many sizes and styles. These sites carry at least 2 or 3 saddles that come in sizes 18″-20″.
- Tack stores usually carry some items that fit big girls. I haven’t had a problem finding half chaps or extra-wide boots in a tack store, but finding a saddle was tricky. Large saddles aren’t hot ticket items, so tack stores tend to have limited stock and I’ve only seen up to a size 18.5″. My advise is to call ahead. Tell the store what you are looking for and give them your budget info. They can use their networking ability to your advantage and might be able to find what you need. Some tack stores such as Pelham Saddlery in NH focus on used saddles and have a large inventory so they are more likely to have your size.
- Troika Drafts Hebron, ME breeding gorgeous Shires and Shire Sport Horses
- Camelot Feed Lot Rescue in NJ often many plus size horses running through. ‘Like’ them on Facebook and check in often for a diamond in the rough or the deal of a lifetime
- Frog Pond Draft Rescue in Cambridge, OH runs a great Draft rescue program
- Blue Star Equiculture Draft Rescue in Western, MA runs a working rescue and have many wonderful horses for adoption
- Rosemary Farm in NY is plus size friendly and often have horses that are more than capable of carrying extra weight.
- Live and Let Live Farm in NH is plus size friendly and will assist any rider in finding a perfect horse!
- Fuller Fillies: English apparel and footwear size 14-24
- Kerrits: English Apparel up to 2X (true to size!)
- Irideon: English Apparel up to 3X (true to size!)
- Ariat: English and Western Apparel up to 2X (runs a bit on the small side)
- Maryland Saddlery online has a wide range of plus size riding apparel from Show Jackets to boots, and everything in between.
- Equestrian Collections online features 1824 Collection, a plus size selections of riding apparel featuring products from a wide variety of the major apparel brands, including TuffRider, Ovation, Dublin, Irideon and R J Classic
- There are many equestrian brands that produce plus size clothing and products. Equine Couture (runs small), On Course, Ovation, Tuff Rider, Kerrits, Irideon, Ariat, R J Classics, Eous, Stirrups and many more brands put out clothing that WILL fit a big girl. The problem is finding a store that carries these products, they are not “hot ticket” items that sell frequently. You can often order clothing right from the brand’s homepage! My advise is to search online, and call your local tack stores. Chances are if you ask for items they can get them. If you ask a lot, they may start to carry stuff in your size!!
- Equine Essentials Tack Shop in Oxford, MA has a large selection of plus size apparel! If you are from the Central, MA area you have to stop and check them out!
- Bit of Britain is a tack store out of PA. You can shop online or order a catalog. Bit of Britain carries many popular brands, including Kerrits, Irideon, and many more all in plus sizes!
- 16 Plus Rider (UK)
- Curvy Fillies (UK)
- Smart Pak is an online tack store that carries a large selection of plus size riding apparel. Smart Pak has a great return policy, and the employees are very friendly and helpful. There is a physical store on Route 9 in Natick, MA but they don’t always carry plus sizes.
- Equus Now! is another large online tack shop that carries plus size. Their home store is in Lewis Center, OH.
- Sesroh Tack Shoppe in Smithfield, VA carries plus size English apparel
- Ariat sells both english and western apparel and boots. Apparel come up to a 2X and the boots come in a variety of sizes and calf widths
- Rods Western is a HUGE resource for the western rider. Men’s Womens and Childrens apparel, tack, and home accessories. Women’s jeans are offered up to a 26W (possibly 28W in select styles) and tops are also available in plus sizes. Rod’s offers casual and dress, western apparel for both riding and hanging around. You don;t want to miss Rods if you are a Western Rider!
- Fort Western is a tack shop out of Nebraska with a fabulous online store. They have everything from saddles, tack, and acessories to apparel, boots, home decor and everything in between. There is a lot of apparel offered in plus sizes on this site…it’s a matter of knowing how to navigate the site. I typed keywords “plus size” into the search box and got a large selection of items.
- Just Fly Designs is a customs western apparel designer who specializes in blinged-out western wear for rodeo, showmanship, reinging, or simply riding in style! Sized offered up to 3X.
- Rodeaux Western Wear makes custom western show shirts in ANY size!
- Lisa Nelle is a different kind of company for a different kind of competitor. Lisa Nelle pushes the boundaries of western fashions for a unique look that is sure to turn heads in the show ring.
- Hobby Horse is an online western show clothing apparel store. Hobby HOrse has a large selection of plus size western show apparel.
- Justin Boots (western) come in a variety of sharft and foot widths and their short boots are an EighteenHands favorite for ladies with XL calves.
- The Original Muck Boot Company (work) are a favorite of mine. They come in a variety of different shaft heights and they even make a boot for riding called the “Brit”. They are made from a stretchy high quality materialand will comfortably fit large calves without cutting off circulation. (no, really….I promise)
- Fuller Fillies makes english pleasure and show boots as well as half chaps and gators to accomodate the largest of calves (I promise!)
- Ariat for western and english boots gets mixed reviews during fan poles. About 50% of you say YAY and the other 50% say NAY! I guess it depends on how big your calves are. Ariats are available at MANY retail locations, so hit a tack store and try them out for yourself.
- Equitector (english) tall boots to suit up to a 23″ calf
- Lipica (Netherlands) makes english boots for larger calves for our European fans that might need boots
- Dublin Boots (english)
- Ovation boots and half chaps (no website, find at loval tack shoppes)
- Double H Boots (work and western)
- Black Horse Creations is my FAVORITE online shop for casual equestrian themed apparel. Select styles in sizes up to 4X! (runs true to size!) Tell Kim that I sent you!
There ARE resources out there for big girl rider, you just have to know where to look! If you need help, PLEASE let me know! I’ll do my best to help you find anything that you need. Hi-Ho Silver!