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    12-09-2010, 10:32 PM
  #1
Yearling
Is being tall better than being short?

Im a very short person 5'1 to be exact and im wondering if my shortness is part of my issue with keeping my leg in the right place?

When im jumping my stirrups are up a few holes my legs come up really high I almost look like a jockey, and it seems that I get in a chair seat. I've tried moving my legs back where there suppose to be but then I can't keep my heels down!!

Then I look at taller riders 5'6.... and up and they can keep there heels down alot better. Just wondering if my shortness has an effect

I can't really find a good picture for an example.
     
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    12-10-2010, 01:15 AM
  #2
Foal
Hm, interesting question. I'm 5' and I also have a chairseat problem/or heels.

It makes sense that we would have a little more trouble since a taller rider's leg will wrap around the horse better - their knee is at the fattest part/bends after that. For shorter people, the widest part of the horse hits...somewhere around our calves probably. Which spreads us out and seems like it could be one of the causes of some of the issues.

But then, there are loads of amazing 4'10 riders and a lot of sucky heels up 6'2 riders too. I think every different body time is going to have its problems (like, I've heard a tall rider will have a harder time balancing over a jump because they'll want to tip) and our job as riders is to work around them.
     
    12-10-2010, 01:17 AM
  #3
Yearling
I guess ill just have to do alot of leg excersises on and off the horse
     
    12-10-2010, 01:40 AM
  #4
Started
For me, I've found that its definitely a challenge finding a saddle that fits. I apparently spent years riding in a saddle that was too big for me, but it was what my trainer told me fit me, so I've been on the hunt for a saddle that fits me and my horse. I haven't really had an issue with keeping my leg in the proper position as a whole, my issue, partly I'm sure because the saddle was too big, was my lower leg swinging too much as I was trying to keep leg pressure on. I am also 5'1", and the funny thing is I feel MUCH more balanced on a big horse, than I do on a smaller horse. I currently own a 14.2 hand Arabian, who's actually got a decent build, not slab sided or skinny, she's actually got quite a wide back, but I feel so unbalanced on her for some reason.
     
    12-10-2010, 01:48 AM
  #5
Yearling
Have you found a saddle that fits you alot better? Id really like to know what it is lol

Well my horse is 17.0h and I don't think I look to small on him . I just need a better saddle, or better leg excersises so I can be able to jump right and ect.

     
    12-10-2010, 01:57 AM
  #6
Yearling


From what you can tell does my saddle look to big for me?
     
    12-10-2010, 02:00 AM
  #7
Yearling
I found this

The criteria for determining the size of saddle the rider requires vary according to the type of saddle, and what the rider plans to do in it. In a Close-Contact, or Jumping saddle, I would say the most important factor is the length of the rider's thigh - from hip to knee - so that when the rider is sitting in the deepest part of the seat, with the stirrups at the shortest length the rider normally uses, the knee is correctly positioned behind the knee roll or block. Thus, a tall, thin girl could require a 17 1/2" saddle, while a short, heavier woman fits a 16 1/2" well.
     
    12-10-2010, 03:17 AM
  #8
Green Broke
The brand of saddle also affects the fit. I'm 5'2" and have a 16.5" saddle and it's too big for me but my trainer's 17" saddle fits me very well. Her saddle has a deeper seat and larger knee blocks, which apparently is better for my build.

The build of the horse has an affect, I have ridiculously short legs and a wider horse makes it difficult for me. It's not an impossibility, just way more difficult than a thinner build of horse. I struggled more with a 13.2hh chunky pony than I did a 16.2hh warmblood simply because the pony was so wide and chunky.
     
    12-10-2010, 03:32 AM
  #9
Weanling
Well i'm 160cm (what ever that is in feet) the attached photos are of me in my jumping saddle and an all purpose. I got short stubby legs too :) please excuse the photo of me ripping my horses mouth over the jump, he actually bolted and that was me holding on for dear life LOL

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    12-10-2010, 05:23 AM
  #10
Banned
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Originally Posted by xXEventerXx    
Im a very short person 5'1 to be exact and im wondering if my shortness is part of my issue with keeping my leg in the right place?

When im jumping my stirrups are up a few holes my legs come up really high I almost look like a jockey, and it seems that I get in a chair seat. I've tried moving my legs back where there suppose to be but then I can't keep my heels down!!

Then I look at taller riders 5'6.... and up and they can keep there heels down alot better. Just wondering if my shortness has an effect

I can't really find a good picture for an example.
too be honest you don't have too go up loads of holes to jump its whatever postion you feel comfortable doing just try one hole and work from there xx
     

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