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  • Barrel saddle sizing 5'3" 107 pounds
  • Barrel racing saddle size for bigger girl

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    09-24-2010, 03:34 PM

I am a good size girl, have not always been but in the last few years has been different. I don't feel I ride good at all and feel more clumsy. I ride a 15 circly y which is made a little bigger. Could I be in the wrong size or is it just the confiedence I once had is not longer there. I am older n all a big 30. I am 5'2'' and 200 lbs. I feel sorry for my boy and am going to try this winter to loose some weight. Coments?
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    09-24-2010, 03:43 PM
Does the saddle fit you and the horse comfortably? Then it should be fine.

Do you feel as if you're no longer a confident rider? That would definitely affect how you perceive your riding abilities.

How big is your horse? How old? What breed? Does he appear to have difficulty carrying you, or again, is that just your own perception of yourself?

Bigger riders can and do ride lightly. If you've been trained properly, aren't plopping down on his back, using the reins to balance off his mouth, and he appears to be comfortable and able to carry you without difficulty, the extra weight probably isn't bothering him.
    09-24-2010, 03:56 PM
I am going to say without seeing a picture. Your saddle is way too small.

I am 5'10" and 190 and there is no way I could fit into a 15in saddle. Just too small. Even a 15.5 is better depending on the type (not make) of saddle. See if you can find someone who has a 16in saddle and try it out and see how it feels.
    09-24-2010, 04:03 PM

He seems ok he is only 2 1/2 and I don't ride him hard because he is young. We only walk and trot. He seems ok with me but I don't want to hurt him per say. I feel my saddle should be a little higher in the front but that could be I'm bigger up top. I do get 2 fingers but tightly. He is Burrs First Down si 98 and Mystic Wish si 90 his dam's side is Easy Jet si and Sucha Oh si 107. Those are some from his papers. I have pic's posted, in those pic's he is not even 2 yet. He stands abt 15 hh right now. Thank You
    09-24-2010, 04:05 PM
It's made pretty big but if I don't loose some weight, I will try getting a bigger saddle. Thanks
    09-25-2010, 10:50 AM
I agree with NRHA reiner. I'm 5'7" and 140-145 lbs... I ride in a 15 1/2 inch saddle.

Size of the saddle DOES matter. A too tight saddle will throw a rider forward, shift their legs back, and cause them to lose balance.

Be careful with riding a youngster. Larger colts tend to mature a little slower. So, don't let his size justify his riding program. Trotting is one of the toughest gates on a horse with a heavier rider. I'm not trying to bash you here, I've just seen colts go down with over weight riders. I would definitely focus on getting healthier and really working hard so that you can enjoy your horse. I would also try out a bigger saddle and see if that holds you better. I bad fitting saddle, for either horse or rider, isnt worth having in the barn. I know I can 'settle' for a 15 inch, but I personally prefer the 15 1/2.
    09-25-2010, 01:36 PM
I'm 5'3" 193 lbs, I was 206 lbs when I bought my saddle though. I have a circle y and ride in a 17 inch. I can fit in a 15 inch but it makes me feel "off" and "clumsy" like you described, it just puts you in the wrong position and hinders the whole ride. It also puts improper weight distribution on the horse due to your weight being wrong in the saddle. See if you can borrow or buy a new saddle in the mean time. :)
    09-26-2010, 09:15 PM
Thanks, for all tips.

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