Question about saddles - specifically size. Since starting riding last July, I've lost about 35 lbs. I am a 45 year old male, 5'9" and weigh about 200 lbs.
Whe I started riding, I used a school saddle size 19 1/2." About 2 months ago, my instructor started making overtures about me finding a better fitting saddle. We went to a local tack shop, and tried a very nice 18." It was too small. She ended up fiding me a usable 19" in school storage. It's actually a pretty nice saddle.
That said, I's like to be able to come down to the 18 1/2" or even 18" saddle size.
QUESTION - Will loosing more weight (I would like to loose another 20-30 lbs) push me to a smaller saddle size, or is saddle size also a function of body frame? When I sit in the saddles, It seems like I would need to go to very thin thighs and pelvis to go down ..
I have to also say my "butt" really isn't where I carry my weight. Its mosly gut, and I also have larger size thighs.
My main reason for asking is for when I may decide to get my own saddle; anything over 18" is near impossible to find.