Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Blowy Hills of the Pacific NW
If you go to a good tack shop with lots of saddles to pick from (even used) they should have you sit in a bunch of saddles, as each will feel different to you and you will sit differently in them. I just finished my dressage saddle shopping. Had my heart set on Passier or Stubben, but Passier tilted me forward and the Stubben I brought home on trial did not fit the horse at all. Would have needed all sorts of corrective pads to make it work for her. I ended up with a Neidersuss, which fits both me and the horse. You really do need to go sit in a bunch to see what size works best in which maker, they all fit differently, even within different sizes.
One idea...go sit in a bunch and figure out which fit you best, then see if they will do a trial for you, where you bring a couple home, and see if one fits your horse. Then send back the one that doesnt fit. It really is important to be sure the saddle fits both you and your horse.