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post #41 of 45 Old 05-17-2011, 05:33 PM
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went back and read everything and I see that you as well as others have mentioned saddle size....it has nothing to do with how skinny you are. It goes by leg size, you have very long legs so you need a long saddle. Being skinny like you are a narrow twist is right for you, but that has nothing to do with length only width. I completely understand $, I finally just bought a new saddle this year although I've needed it for some time. Is there one you could borrow? Or look into a used one? I bought a wintec because I needed it and theyre cheap, plain and simple. There are two things that tell me saddle is too small. 1) your seat is too far back in the saddle yet your knee is in the right place so once your sink your seat down into the saddle where its supposed to be your knee will be too far forward. Yes you can lengthen your stirrup which leads me into reason 2) the saddle flap should be at mid-calf. Again your already scrunched into the saddle, once you get your proper seat and most likely end up lengthening your stirrup for proper leg angles your saddle flap will only be at your knee because its already not coming down far enough. Now I read that you said it fits your horse, which is most important, fitting rider comes after if possible. So no its not TERRIBLE that your saddle doesnt fit you, but I think that it will make things more difficult for you as far as riding posture until you find one that does fit you properly, as well as him. Yes youll survive with your current saddle and be able to ride and work fine, I don't want to sound like you have to go buy one NOW, but this saddle is too small and could be inhibiting you to a degree. Id look into some saddle options as soon as you can.

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I can't look into any saddle options right now because, I am getting married and that's just not an option. Again the saddle fits my horse and that's all I really care about, I could care less if it fits me. It's very hard to find a saddle that fits my horse because, he has very high withers.

My legs and knees are like that because, my stirrups were too short. I already knew that when posting the picture but, I don't like to have my stirrups lowered because, than I grip with my knees so, really that's not the problem. I really like my saddle anyhow, that's why I originally bought it. I also can't buy a used one.. A new saddle is absolutely not an option right now.

I don't know if you saw what I posted just before but, I had a trainer in this week just to evaluate what needs to be done and the trainer said it shouldn't be hard to fix the problems I have.
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You should most definitely care that it fits you - a saddle that doesn't fit you won't allow you to get into the position you need to be in. Unless you are very secure in your tack and have great position to begin with, the wrong saddle can most definitely put you into the wrong position - you aren't secure enough to do that just yet, you need a saddle that helps you. Learning how to correct that is extremely hard, especially if you have no trainer to tell you when to feel what's right and what's wrong.


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post #44 of 45 Old 05-18-2011, 01:33 PM
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I can't look into any saddle options right now because, I am getting married and that's just not an option. Again the saddle fits my horse and that's all I really care about, I could care less if it fits me. It's very hard to find a saddle that fits my horse because, he has very high withers.

My legs and knees are like that because, my stirrups were too short. I already knew that when posting the picture but, I don't like to have my stirrups lowered because, than I grip with my knees so, really that's not the problem. I really like my saddle anyhow, that's why I originally bought it. I also can't buy a used one.. A new saddle is absolutely not an option right now.

I don't know if you saw what I posted just before but, I had a trainer in this week just to evaluate what needs to be done and the trainer said it shouldn't be hard to fix the problems I have.

As I said In my post I COMPLETELY understand, I truly truly do, I don't want you to thing that im taking a stab at you or anything, I don't want you to get defensive. I had to ride in a saddle that didnt work for me and my mare for a year before I saved enough to buy a new one! I took on a side job of training horses again to pay for it. Again I got a wintec because it was cheap, like $470 brand new, no its not my first choice but I looked at used saddles and nothing fit right or my size wasnt available so I had no choice but to buy new and that meant buying synthetic to save money. I know you said it fits your horse and that is the most important like I stated, but if it doesnt fit you well it can inhibit your riding. It was hard to find a saddle to fit my mare because she has very large wide shoulders that come very far back into a high thick wither and then a low curvy back. I understand hard fitting horses too lol. I don't know how many horsie friends you may know, but if you can see if you can borrow one. Its worth shot ya know, what do you have to lose? Oh and congratulations I hope you have a wonderful wedding!

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Oh, I hope I didn't come across as a snot in my post, I really didn't mean to. Most of my friends ride western so that's why that's also not an option and thank you.
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