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post #1 of 14 Old 03-17-2009, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Embarrasing question

Ok as many of you know I am not a good rider by any means, im still learning ALOT every day. And im thinking one reason why im having a hrd time with riding is my saddle and my size. I am very overweight and im not feeling good about the saddle. I do believe that the one im using is like a 15 or 16 inch, it belongs to a friend. I have saddle on layaway near by and its a 16 or 17 inch but im getting worried about buying it, for two reasons, one im afraid it wont fit my butt and two when i sat on it at the store it was pretty hard with not much cush. Its an Abetta. But its hard to find one for a draft, and to make the matters worse I have to make payments for now. Ok well i guess i havnt really asked a question lol Well i guess im asking one do you think a tight fitting saddle for me will make it harder for me to learn? and two do you know of any good saddles that are big enough for my big butt that wont break my wallet? here are a few pics to show just how big I am. Please dont laugh =( im working on the weight
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-18-2009, 12:17 AM
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You can find saddle cushions for sale online if that helps. If you look online there are a few saddles out there for Draft horses that might work for you. I absolutely love your horse, makes me want a Belgian!

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post #3 of 14 Old 03-18-2009, 12:18 AM
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hey there - first off no need to be embarassed! your horse is beautiful and a good size for you (and then some - the horse not you!) so you have nothing to worry about. as for the saddle, it does look small for you. rather than worry about what you look like, i always tell people to go to a store and sit in several saddles to see what works and what fits them (and their horse) best. b/c your horse is - im assuming - a belgian, you're going to need a draft sized tree. and for you the best way to know what size you need is to try them on. even better, when you lose weight you can sell the saddle on ebay, get some of your money back and get another saddle that still will fit you! i think that's a lot better option than trying to fit in something that's not right for you now because it will make riding harder - by a LOT because it will throw off your balance and center of gravity and also make it a lot harder for you to stay steady and feel more comfortable riding. i always tell clients that you don't want to buy jeans that will fit you in 3 months after you diet b/c in the interim they won't be all that good to walk around in right? i still have this pair of jeans....that i love that i so do NOT fit into......but, i buy jeans that fit me now because that's what i need regardless of what i want. hope that helps.

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post #4 of 14 Old 03-18-2009, 12:34 AM
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I think you need to have someone with a lot of saddle experience help fit a saddle to you. Your current saddle looks far too small. I am small. I wear a size 4 petite. A 15" Western saddle is not loose fitting for me. I usually use my instructor's saddle. He has a 16." It's not terribly large for me.

Comfort and fit are VERY important in saddle fitting.

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post #5 of 14 Old 03-18-2009, 12:47 AM
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So don't be embarrased! You have no need too, and a 17 should be plenty big, and you should beable to find one at fits you and you're horse just fine.
I hope the best of luck! I totally agree with CJ go and try out a few saddles before you settle for just one.
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post #6 of 14 Old 03-18-2009, 04:01 AM
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I agree, don't be embarrassed! :)
I think you should go back to the saddle store and sit in different seat sizes. See what's comfortable to you, maybe have the person working there help determine if the size is right.
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Well, firstly, I have a lot of respect for people who are willing to change what they do not like. It takes a lot of courage. Also, your horse is beautiful.

I don't know what your price range is, but there's a brand called Rider's Choice, and they sell through ebay. They're made in Alabama, and they're exptremely high quality, and you can get a NICE custom fit saddle for around $500. You can call Jerry and talk to him PERSONALLY about fit and size, and he can make you whatever tree and whatever seat you need. They're extremely high quality for the price, they last forever, and are extremely comfortable.

But I agree, do go to a tack shop and sit in several different saddles and see what't he most comfortable. Remember that, because western saddles are measured from the pommel to the inner edge of the cantle, a 17" saddle with a deep seat (a steeper incline of the cantle) is going to be roomier than a flat-type seat.

You can also get all sorts of seat cusions for any saddle.

Also, maybe invest in a bareback pad until you find a saddle that fits you perfectly. Your saddle is going to affect how you learn - your seat, your balance, your leg placement, and your comfort. A bareback pad will improve your balance, perhaps balance you've been lacking due to the size of your saddle, and will also improve your seat.

I hope all of this helps! Best wishes. :]
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post #8 of 14 Old 03-18-2009, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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wow thank you all so very much for the advise, i think im going to go back to that saddle store and retry that saddle, when I sat in it i was able to put my hand in front of me and not have it squished so it might be big enough, i might be just worried, i want to learn better so badley i would een take lessons but there is no place close enough for me which really sucks, so im learning by myself which i know is not that good, but im trying. Im worried about the bareback thing, i might be able to do it if it had sturrips but without them i really loose my balance and freak out, he dont but i do lol im a bit wierd i guess LOL ok well i will keep you all updated. thank you all very much again, i sure love this forum lol
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You are who you are and you are riding horses!! No need to be embarrassed about that! You are doing something lots of other people can't do and if you do it enough, the weight will come off!! I'm not thrilled about wearing breeches anymore with my big butt so we all have our hang-ups but it won't stop me from riding!! I would get a saddle that fits you and the horse right now. My husband and I use a 17 " seat western and neither of us is over 180. I use a 19" english saddle but I'm also 5' 9" and in English it depends on how long your thigh is. I agree that you should go sit in a bunch of saddles, whether you can afford them or not to get an idea of what is comfortable, size-wise, then you can start looking for a saddle in your price range in the right size.

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post #10 of 14 Old 03-18-2009, 10:38 AM
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Some bareback pads come with stirrups I believe. IE: Draft Size Black Suede Bareback Pad Set HorseTack - Warren - Bonanzle

From what I understand riding bareback is the best way to improve your balance and build those leg muscles that help you hold on when something goes wrong. And when you're working your muscles harder you're burning calories.

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