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post #11 of 19 Old 06-21-2010, 08:26 PM
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^Agreed, 19" is pretty big.
Vertically challenged at 5'3" and tipping the scales at 120, I ride in a 17" but would be better off in a 16.5". For right now, I should be in a 16", but I lost weight and don't expect to keep it off so I should probs be in a 16.5"

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post #12 of 19 Old 06-21-2010, 08:35 PM
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You'll get used to it soon enough. I generally only get sore now if I haven't done any big rides then go ride for a whole weekend.

You shouldn't be continually sore unless you have to change your postition constantly, which is not a good thing. If you get solid basics then it will only be tweaking you need to do.

If you never got used to it then there is no way endurance riders could ride 160kms :]

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post #13 of 19 Old 06-22-2010, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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YIKES! I hate to be the bearer of even more bad news, but unless you're closing in on about 300lbs, a 19" saddle is going to be ENORMOUS for you and badly affect your position. I am 5'6" and 200lbs and I fit a 17.5" saddle because of my big butt - my best friend is 5'10" and only 120lbs and she fits the same size because of her long leg. Being as you're closer to her size, I can say with certainty that 17.5" is the absolute BIGGEST you'd want, and you could very likely make due with a 16.5" - 17" and feel much more secure.

Oh dear.... well I guess I will try it on, then see how it works.... I rode a 16 when I was 14 years old and did some measuring to see what will fit. How will I know if it feels too big?
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You'll get used to it soon enough. I generally only get sore now if I haven't done any big rides then go ride for a whole weekend.

You shouldn't be continually sore unless you have to change your postition constantly, which is not a good thing. If you get solid basics then it will only be tweaking you need to do.

If you never got used to it then there is no way endurance riders could ride 160kms :]
I bet it will be like when I fist started riding again when we bought Citrus. I was sore for a few rides and then not at all, unless I ride really hard and long.
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post #15 of 19 Old 06-22-2010, 12:57 AM
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if the saddle fits properly, you should be able to fit one hand between your butt and the end of the saddle and be able to fir four fingers betweed you seat and the front of the pommel. as for your legs, your knee should rest comfertably in somewhere in the middle of the kneeroll, and should be at least somewhere close the the forewardmost point of the kneeroll. hmm *off to find picture*
hehehe OKAY. this saddle it abviously too big, seeing as she can fit way more than 4 fingers between the pommel and her seat and the knee is nowhere close to the kneeroll.
this saddle fits the woman pretty well, she knee is resting on the knee roll and there is enough room behind her butt for one hand.
hope this helps, and WELCOME to the wonderfull world of english.

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if the saddle fits properly, you should be able to fit one hand between your butt and the end of the saddle and be able to fir four fingers betweed you seat and the front of the pommel. as for your legs, your knee should rest comfertably in somewhere in the middle of the kneeroll, and should be at least somewhere close the the forewardmost point of the kneeroll. hmm *off to find picture*
hehehe OKAY. this saddle it abviously too big, seeing as she can fit way more than 4 fingers between the pommel and her seat and the knee is nowhere close to the kneeroll.
this saddle fits the woman pretty well, she knee is resting on the knee roll and there is enough room behind her butt for one hand.
hope this helps, and WELCOME to the wonderfull world of english.
Thank you so much for helping me with the fit.... I suppose I will just have to see how this saddle fits when it gets here and send it back if it does not fit well.

Thank you for welcoming me... I am pretty excited and love the muscle workout I am getting :)

Wait- do you mean one hand laying it with the tip of your middle finger at the end of the saddle, with your wrist ending at your butt??

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post #17 of 19 Old 06-22-2010, 01:03 AM
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i know exactly how you feel, my favorite is the morning after a particularly demanding jumping or dressage lesson, my calves are always sore in a good kind of way

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It does all depend on the saddle and how it is made. I am 5'8(ish) and 200 pounds. Depending on the make and model of the saddle I am anywhere from a 17.5 to a 19 1/2. I currently ride a 15.5 Western saddle (bighorn) and a 17.5 Passier. They are both a bit snug as my hiney has grown with children. Problem is, they are both such nice saddles and are so comfortable, I cant make myself sell them! Good luck with english! Your muscles will adapt.
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post #19 of 19 Old 06-22-2010, 11:14 AM
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Well, WS, I also seem to have chronic back pain :P so I'm always sore there, and we're doing alot of tweaking to my "basics" position to get it EQ pretty and perfect. Like the way my conformation is, my toe will stick out to the side, but that isn't pretty and isn't functional in dressage, so I'm breaking my ankles getting them to point forwards :P

And bigger movements require more muscle, which can lead to some soreness. Like moving up to jumping bigger fences or riding in more half seat, there's always going to be more muscle to build

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