"Shrinking" a Dressage saddle seat?

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"Shrinking" a Dressage saddle seat?

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    12-26-2012, 11:43 PM
"Shrinking" a Dressage saddle seat?

I got a Stubben Parzival Dressage 17.5" for Christmas (can't WAIT to ride in it!) and I was a big curious about the seat size. When I sit in the saddle I feel secure and it is comfortable. Where I sit in the saddle, I can fit about a hand and a half behind be (big, I know), but my legs are in the right spot; my knees are where they should be. I'm not going to be doing actual Dressage, just flatwork and Western riding. When I ride I normally either walk/trot the barrel pattern or work on an obstacle course at a walk.

When I ride in a Western saddle, I normally ride in a 14" or 15". My thigh is around 18" long.

Is this saddle way too big? I don't think being a little big would be an issue, but would this size be an issue? Is there anything I could get to shrink the seat a little?

I was looking at getting a tush cushion thing that is like 1/2" thick.

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    12-27-2012, 12:22 AM
Honestly, for what your doing, I wouldn't worry too much about the seat being a little too roomy. Sometimes it's better to have a little more room in your seat so you can develop an independent seat and not rely on the saddle to 'hold' you where you need to be......however on the other side of this, if you really feel that the saddle is too big you can get seat covers that 'might' make the seat seem smaller.....

..I would ride in the saddle for a couple of weeks without a cover or device like that And see how it feels and how you are seated in it overall.......if your constantly struggling to seat yourself properly or finding yourself sore from the saddle, I'd look into getting a smaller size.......personally I hate feeling locked into a saddle and prefer plenty of wiggle room.......
    12-27-2012, 12:41 AM

I agree, I'd rather have a larger saddle, one reason being I am only 13 and still growing a lot and I have long legs so I have a bit of growing room :)
    12-27-2012, 12:42 AM
Originally Posted by LikeaTB    

I agree, I'd rather have a larger saddle, one reason being I am only 13 and still growing a lot and I have long legs so I have a bit of growing room :)
Oh yes then, you will grow! Keep it roomy!
    12-27-2012, 08:02 AM
My western was 15", but my dressage and jumping saddles are 18" because of the length of my legs (my rear perfectly fits in 17" though). It's not something to worry about in your case. BTW, I do use sheepskin cover in a winter (that makes the saddle seat smaller), but strictly to keep my butt warm.
    12-27-2012, 06:08 PM
I ride in a roomy saddle, I far prefer it to being too small and getting squished up off the horse. And I can also adjust my balance point more easily.
Looks a bit goofy though :P
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    12-27-2012, 06:16 PM
My saddle's also a bit bigger than what I need. I found it hard enough finding the brand/model I wanted; I would have been waiting a VERY long time to find it both the right tree size and seat size!

Also, I keep hoping I'll hit a mid-life growth spurt
    12-28-2012, 05:07 AM
A span of a hand is supposed to indicate the seat is the correct size - a little growing room won't hurt at tall. The saddle will still place you correctly.

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