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    12-29-2013, 07:06 PM
  #1
Weanling
What size english saddle for me?

I'm just curious...how do you know what size english saddle you are? I usually ride in a 17.5" but I feel like my knee comes pretty close to the edge of the knee roll at times. But if I ride in an 18" I feel like I have way too much room in the saddle and it looks and feels too big for me. With the 17.5" I have a hands width between where I sit and the edge of the saddle. I'm about 6ft so I'm pretty tall lol.

I just feel like my upper leg is too long...if I drop the stirrups a hole or two on the 17.5" they look better but I can't decide what size to buy. I'm buying (online) an AP wintec with the changeable gullet because my horse is IMPOSSIBLE to fit...so this way I'll be able to change out the gullets to fit him better.

I can't find any pictures of me in a 17.5" but I have a video of me riding in one just to give you an idea how it fits me and how I ride it in. I'll try to have a friend come out with me and take pictures of me in it for you guys.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9xGUIHhyUA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY0d1EUHQ4c

How do I look in that saddle? (Not looking for a riding critique...just how I look in the saddle size wise)

I don't want to buy a saddle that is too small or too big for me...I've gone through so many saddles in a year because his body keeps changing (he was really skinny when I got him and now that he's being ridden consistently he keeps building muscle and outgrowing his saddles). So if I find one that fits me and I can keep changing out the gullets to fit him then it will be a win-win situation :)
     
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    12-29-2013, 07:17 PM
  #2
Foal
That saddle looks like it fits you ok from what I can see in the video. You are in a bit of a "chair seat". I am not sure if the saddle is putting you in this position? You might shorten the stirrups a hole for pole and jumping work. Maybe lengthen them a hole for flatwork and try bringing your leg back and under you a little more. That could be how the saddle seats you or just a bit of adjustment and position work and work in two point. I suspect an 18" saddle would be too big of a seat for you.
     
    12-29-2013, 07:42 PM
  #3
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The size of saddle looks acceptable, though just barely big enough for your very long femur (my jealous@) . You do ride in a chair seat. I think you might be doing that becuase of the downhill slope of either your horse, or your saddle balance, or both. I would like to see a photo of the sddle on the horse, as you tack it up, and maybe without a pad, and horse on flat ground. And, a photo of you in the saddle

In any case, your leg is out in front of you. You ride pretty nicely from your seat, but you'd ride even better if you had your leg under you for support, and it would help tremendously for jumping. If you could bring your leg more under you, then your knee would not be approaching the edge of the kneeroll.
     
    12-29-2013, 07:47 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by KarlaD    
That saddle looks like it fits you ok from what I can see in the video. You are in a bit of a "chair seat". I am not sure if the saddle is putting you in this position? You might shorten the stirrups a hole for pole and jumping work. Maybe lengthen them a hole for flatwork and try bringing your leg back and under you a little more. That could be how the saddle seats you or just a bit of adjustment and position work and work in two point. I suspect an 18" saddle would be too big of a seat for you.
I'm sure the position is bad on my half but could also be the saddle...I hadn't ridden english in nearly a year (or had lessons) let alone jumped. I've been riding western and that obviously could influence my crappy position in an english saddle. I'm going to hopefully be starting weekly lessons again with the other girls at my barn, but I need an english saddle first ;) lol
     
    12-29-2013, 07:53 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
the size of saddle looks acceptable, though just barely big enough for your very long femur (my jealous@) . You do ride in a chair seat. I think you might be doing that becuase of the downhill slope of either your horse, or your saddle balance, or both. I would like to see a photo of the sddle on the horse, as you tack it up, and maybe without a pad, and horse on flat ground. And, a photo of you in the saddle

In any case, your leg is out in front of you. You ride pretty nicely from your seat, but you'd ride even better if you had your leg under you for support, and it would help tremendously for jumping. If you could bring your leg more under you, then your knee would not be approaching the edge of the kneeroll.
Thanks for the critique! I really appreciate it! And I can see those things now that you point them out.

That isn't the saddle I'm buying, I was using it during the summer from a friend. It didn't fit perfectly but didn't seem to be pinching so I used it for a week or two just to get a feel for how my horse went english (he normally rides western).
     
    12-29-2013, 07:58 PM
  #6
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Even though a saddle might be the same seat size, different makes of saddles can make the knee roll fit at a different location. So, even if you buy a WinTec of the same seat size as that one, it may not fit you exactly the same.
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    12-29-2013, 08:01 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
Even though a saddle might be the same seat size, different makes of saddles can make the knee roll fit at a different location. So, even if you buy a WinTec of the same seat size as that one, it may not fit you exactly the same.
Okay! Thanks for the help. I will have to check out the return policies ect and make sure I am able to return it if it doesn't fit. I will post pictures of me in the saddle and of it on my horse for another critique once I get the saddle.
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    12-29-2013, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by shellybean    

I'm buying (online) an AP wintec with the changeable gullet because my horse is IMPOSSIBLE to fit...so this way I'll be able to change out the gullets to fit him better.


So if I find one that fits me and I can keep changing out the gullets to fit him then it will be a win-win situation :)
Just because the saddle has a changable gullet does not mean it's guaranteed to fit your horse, that only changes the front of the saddle, if the shape of the tree is wrong(wintec are VERY flat from front to back so if your horse is at all curvy it won't fit) I would highly recommend trying a wintec on your horse before you buy.

Here are some great articles are adjustable gullet saddles that you should read before you buy one.

Saddle Fitting: The Inside Journey: From the Tree Up: Sub-topic - Adjustable Trees and Changeable Gullets

Saddle Fitting: The Inside Journey: Adjustable Trees / Changeable Gullets Revisited - When They Work ... Or Don't.

Saddle Fitting: The Inside Journey: Changeable Gullets - The Details

And some good info on rider saddle fit
Saddle Fitting: The Inside Journey: Mythbusters, Inc.
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    12-30-2013, 01:06 AM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Rachel1786    
Just because the saddle has a changable gullet does not mean it's guaranteed to fit your horse, that only changes the front of the saddle, if the shape of the tree is wrong(wintec are VERY flat from front to back so if your horse is at all curvy it won't fit) I would highly recommend trying a wintec on your horse before you buy.

Here are some great articles are adjustable gullet saddles that you should read before you buy one.

Saddle Fitting: The Inside Journey: From the Tree Up: Sub-topic - Adjustable Trees and Changeable Gullets

Saddle Fitting: The Inside Journey: Adjustable Trees / Changeable Gullets Revisited - When They Work ... Or Don't.

Saddle Fitting: The Inside Journey: Changeable Gullets - The Details

And some good info on rider saddle fit
Saddle Fitting: The Inside Journey: Mythbusters, Inc.
Thanks for the info! I have tried a few on him (and am riding in one in the video) and I really like them so far! The other one doesn't have an interchangeable gullet (he needs a narrow or medium/narrow) and is a tad too wide for him. My friend has one that fits him pretty good, but her saddle seat is too small for me. If it doesn't work out I will send it back, I just thought it'd be a great option if it does fit him :)
     
    12-31-2013, 09:39 PM
  #10
Foal
I think that it's great that you are taking the time to make sure you get a saddle that fits both you and your horse. You are a wonderful horse mom!
     

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