I'm looking to buy a close contact saddle because the saddle that came with the horse I'm renting is too small. I'd also like to take advantage of Smartpak's saddle trial program and try out a few saddles to see if they work for me and "my" horse. I know that my horse takes a medium. Now I just need to measure myself to get a ballpark idea of which saddle size to trial.
Google has led me to THREE WAYS to measure myself for an English saddle. Which way is correct? I plan on asking my instructor, but would like your input, too.
METHOD #1: Sit in chair with legs at 45-degree angle and buttocks touching back of chair. Measure from front of knee to back of buttocks and use this measurement to find seat size on size chart.
METHOD #2: Sit in a chair with your shoulders, hips, and heels in a straight line, much as you would when sitting on your horse, making sure that your buttocks donít touch the chair back. Make a mark directly in front of your crotch and immediately behind your seat and determine that distance to get an approximate seat size.
Continue to sit in the chair and measure the length of your inner thigh from your groin to the middle of your calf with your knees bent. This denotes your upper leg length and the approximate size of a proper saddle flap for your body.
(This method is confusing to me, as they then only discuss using leg length to find seat size).
Sit on a chair with your feet in a parallel position.
Rest your back and buttocks against the back of the chair. Measure the area from the crease of your hip to the end of your kneecap with a cloth measuring tape.
These are all different. Not sure which one is correct. Help?