The sitting too early thing is pretty easy to fix. Just tell yourself, land, sit to keep yourself in two point that one extra stride after landing.
I'll definitely keep that in mind tomorrow!
Originally Posted by yourcolorfuladdiction View Post
I know the saddle fits you better but you have a really long femur bone and your knee is almost off the saddle in the resting position at this length. Despite popular belief bigger saddles aren't just for bigger butts, they're for taller people too. I'm only 5'3" and I like to ride in a 17.5"-18" depending upon the style because I like deeper seated more forward flapped saddles and I like the extra room for x-c so I'm never getting smacked in the butt by my saddle and so that the knee blocks aren't pushing my knees outward and causing pain (I have knee problems already O.o ). I also have a longer femur so the bigger saddles suit me well overall. I think you might just have to suck it up and sell your saddle (maybe sell it to your friend and your friend can sell hers too to pay for yours?).
Also the angle in the resting position looks good and probably looks better with the 1 hole shorter stirrups but remember this is the "resting" position, they drop down more when you're actively riding. And as for bracing in your stirrups, that might be why your heel drops down so far, you're trying to not brace by overextending your heel, but instead you're causing yourself to need to brace, experiment with your two point, spend lots of time riding in it, really feel where you're comfortable, where you brace, etc. You might find that putting them up another hole does not allow you to drop your heel so far down, and may stop the bracing.
Haha yes, I have ridiculously long legs. I'm 5'8" and I feel like the majority of that length is in my leg. :p
Oh believe me, I know about the bigger seats. Seat-wise I can comfortably fit in a 17", but MY saddle was 17.5" and I think this one is the same (not sure, there isn't anything on the saddle that says). Realistically, that's about as large as I can go in the seat before I start swimming (from experience hacking in other people's saddles at the barn). I know in theory I just need a different flap, but there's no way I can afford a new saddle. This is the best fit out of my current options so it's got to work.
I head off to college in roughly 5 months and I won't be riding much if at all for a while, so there's no point in buying a new saddle NOW, y'know? I have been considering selling my saddle to my friend, but any money made off of that would be put towards a laptop for college, not another saddle that's going to sit and collect dust for half the year. It sucks, I know, but I'm kinda stuck.
I believe this is what my stirrups would be if I shortened them a hole from where I am now. I only use this length for schooling the little ponies and the one time I forgot to lengthen them after I hopped on a full sized horse, I felt like a jockey.