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post #1 of 27 Old 10-17-2010, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle fits my horse but what about me?

I bought a courbette.
It fits my horse perfectly. She has been happy to ride and never had any issues acting out which is nice. It's an extremely comfy saddle but wonder if it fits me atleast okay. I spent $300. I know I need to work on my posture and position so please no critique on how my legs are...Oh and I look like a chub..tight tanktop and tight jeans do not do me justice when I sit on a horse.

Here are some pictures.
This is a 17" courbette. I know that a 17.5 inch is best for me but different brands vary. I have another saddle that is 17.5 and in that saddle I feel I will cause the seat has A LOT of room.




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post #2 of 27 Old 10-17-2010, 06:29 PM
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Your heel should be right under your hip- if the saddle puts your leg like it is in the second photo, then it is not the right saddle for you- that's an extreme chair seat. The seat could be a little larger as well; you should be able to fit a hand behind you on the cantle. I do wonder how much of that is caused by pushing yourself back with the way your legs are in the second photo.
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post #3 of 27 Old 10-17-2010, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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okay..heel under hip.
Soooo I need to take a side shot with heel under hip.
I had a feeling it was....too small. It felt right but then I saw pictures =/


I'm a western rider and have been taught how to sit in a chair seat style....err,yea..found out that is bad.


Ohh,i'm so sad.
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post #4 of 27 Old 10-17-2010, 10:24 PM
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I am definitely not a saddle fit expert at all....so this might not be right at all, but it makes sense in my head. Hopefully someone else will yay or nay it....? Try your stirrups up a hole or two....it might help prevent you from pushing your feet forward like you are now.

I am almost more worried about how your helmet fits, then how the saddle fits though.

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post #5 of 27 Old 10-17-2010, 10:28 PM
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Try your stirrups up a hole or two....it might help prevent you from pushing your feet forward like you are now.
That is the first thing I thought of too. However, I am but a lowly western rider so I don't know anything about properly fitting and english saddle.

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post #6 of 27 Old 10-18-2010, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Okay,I will shorten my stirrups :)
They are a bit long...
Also tonight I put my heels lined up with my hip and I checked and I had a full hands width of room in the back and front. I will get more pictures. I think that because I am a western rider that my posture is....what english riders wouldn't find acceptable.Naturally I do a "chair seat" when I ride but I am working on it.
I will have to keep this saddle since I just spent $300 on it.

Again I will get other pictures.
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Oh and...yea, I know..the helmet.
I needed to adjust it. I was having issues with it and it felt..lop sided because I didn't have it tight enough...I know,BAD!
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It looks a little small to me, but not outrageously small. The length of your femur has a lot to do with saddle size, too. The flap should be such that when you are properly seated (and stirrups shortened to correct English length) your kneecap is aligned with the outermost arc of the flap, like a radius pointint to that part of the circle. Too small of a saddle would put your knee below that point, and too large would put it above that point.
You will definitely want to trash that chair seat. It is a shame that the chair seat is taught in Western riding, as it is as incorrect there as it is in English.
That's a cute , sturdy looking horse, and you are NOT too fat. NO WAY!
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You are actually supposed to be able to fit either a fist or three fingers between your butt and the saddle front and back. A hand is too big. I unfortunately had to find that out the hard way when I was told a hand in front and a hand in back, and I ended up with a HUGE saddle that in no way shape or frame fit me, but because I was in pony club and that was what they said, no one mentioned it looked to big until I had the chiropractor come out and do a saddle fit with my Arabian, and she said that the saddle was way to big for me, forget the horse for the moment. I have since found a better Crosby saddle that definitely fits me better, and fits her nicely.
That aside, if you shorten your stirrups a bit, and sit up straighter, in a more proper position, I think that saddle actually fits you pretty well. It may be a TAD on the small side, but not enough to warrant trying to find a new one. BTW, I absolutely love your horse. She's so cute. If she goes missing she isn't in my barn ;).
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post #10 of 27 Old 10-18-2010, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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You are actually supposed to be able to fit either a fist or three fingers between your butt and the saddle front and back. A hand is too big. I unfortunately had to find that out the hard way when I was told a hand in front and a hand in back, and I ended up with a HUGE saddle that in no way shape or frame fit me, but because I was in pony club and that was what they said, no one mentioned it looked to big until I had the chiropractor come out and do a saddle fit with my Arabian, and she said that the saddle was way to big for me, forget the horse for the moment. I have since found a better Crosby saddle that definitely fits me better, and fits her nicely.
That aside, if you shorten your stirrups a bit, and sit up straighter, in a more proper position, I think that saddle actually fits you pretty well. It may be a TAD on the small side, but not enough to warrant trying to find a new one. BTW, I absolutely love your horse. She's so cute. If she goes missing she isn't in my barn ;).


Hey thanks!
I will let me horse know you love her,lol.
She's a doll but kind of like a chucky doll...kind of think she might be planning a way to kill me off sometimes..jk jk..

Anyways, I am going to shorten my stirrups,sit straighter and take pictures.
I was told to get a 17.5 seat but figured a half inch wouldn't be too bad. I will get pictures tomorrow...I know my position is verrry poor. I kind of wish I learned english first that way my posture wouldn't be so bad.
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