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    03-07-2011, 06:05 PM
Green Broke
Question for the long legged

I've heard that you're not supposed to grip with your knees, but if that's the case I have a problem. I'm 5'10" with long legs, and my the way I'm built, my thighs are proportional with my lower leg. Therein lies my problem. Because of this, when I ride hunt seat my knees are almost at the front of the knee rolls on my saddle. This forces me to grip with my knees because there's too much space between my thighs and the saddle for me to grip properly. I find it really hard to grip with my thigh in any seat really because of the lenght or my thighs. Does anyone else out there who has a long thigh have this issue? And if you do, how do you fix it? Should I try to get a new saddle?

I hope all that made sense...if it didn't I can try to clarify it for you.
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    03-07-2011, 06:23 PM
Ride with longer stirrup leathers and do not grip with the leg at all - just push weight into heels and try to relax leg and allow it to flow around the horses barrel.
    03-07-2011, 06:56 PM
Yeah, that's a real PITA. When I'm riding in jumping stirrup length, I just accept that my knee will overshoot the flaps when I'm not up in my half seat. If I lengthen my stirrups to correct the flat work, it leaves me with a way too open hip angle for jumping. I'd rather have trouble on the flat than not have enough angle in my legs for safe jumping. I ride in a forward flap saddle, but they still over shoot a little. Nothing you can really do unless you can afford a custom saddle. I'm only 5'7" but freakishly long in the thighs.
    03-07-2011, 07:33 PM
I'm in the same boat. 5'10" and still growing , and my legs are super long. If the mentioned lengthening in leathers doesn't work, they do make saddles with extra-long flaps.
    03-08-2011, 03:45 PM
Green Broke
I might try that. Although, I'm pretty sure my stirrups are as long as they can get without causing me too much difficulty when it comes to posting. But I'll see what I can do. I'd thought about that as a solution but I thought I'd ask around to see if anyone had anymore.
    03-08-2011, 08:57 PM
I have mult students that need a long/forward flap saddle bc of the same issues. Without a saddle that fits your leg and hips and seat, you won't be able to use your leg correctly. The suggestions above were all great :)
    03-10-2011, 08:45 PM
^ I agree with CJ.
Look for a saddle with 3A flaps, that means they'll be extra forward and fit you from hip to knee better than something average (generally average is a 2A).

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