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    03-25-2012, 07:37 PM
Green Broke
Weird problem

Lately I've been experiencing a problem with my seat. I ride in a 17" CC saddle. I've ben noticing that I've been leaning on one side (my right) and my left leg has been reaching forward into a chair seat. I've also been finding myself sitting very far back into the saddle. I don't know if this is something I'm doing or if my horse bouncing around like a spazz with spring sillies is causing me to end up like that.

- Could it be the saddle no longer fits me? I'm 5'4", weigh 135, wear size 0 pants and am using 60" leathers.

- If I drop my stirrups, I feel like they're too long.

General suggestions appreciated! I can't take pictures since I can't hold the camera and snap photos, and there's not usually anyone around when I ride.
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    03-25-2012, 08:06 PM
Green Broke
Try raising your stirrup on the side you are leaning on up one hole. See if that helps.
I lean to one side because of a knee injury, and have stretched the leather on that side out so that it isn't the same length as the other. I have to keep that stirrup up a notch higher than the other side so that they are at an even length.
    03-26-2012, 10:19 AM
Green Broke
No stirrup work ;)
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    03-28-2012, 05:41 PM
Sometimes horse develop muscles unevenly along their withers/spine - and that cause the saddle to shift to the side. That's when you need to either have saddle re-flocked, buy a new saddle or purchase a pad that has "shims".

Is flocking still smooth on the bottom of the saddle? When was it last re-flocked?

Also a 17" cc saddle sounds large for someone as small as you. (My friend is a size zero and rides in a 16 inch) - so it may be saddle is too large. The only thing I can say about saddle size is if it fit once and doens't now - what changed? Did you drop 50 lbs? Sadlle has gotten older and is "sloppier" now so you slide more?
    03-28-2012, 10:05 PM
Saddle size is not measured by how skinny you are but how long you are from hip to knee. If your thigh is not long for your height you may need a 1/2"-1" smaller saddle seat.
    03-29-2012, 06:20 PM
Did you do anything to your hip on that side? Sound's like your hip is locked up and your leg is not being allowed to drop down naturally.
    03-30-2012, 02:13 PM
Super Moderator
Go to a chiropractor or an osteopath, could be that you are misaligned.
    04-07-2012, 11:55 PM
Green Broke

It was the saddle pad. I had started using a riser pad to give more shock absorbency and as soon as I took it off, problem was solved. I still feel that the saddle seat may be a little big, but I'm not getting way out of position like I was previously.

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