Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Southwest Virginia
• Horses: 0
Determining Seat Size
I get annoyed with this more than anything. I currently have a 16" saddle, well, several 16" saddles. I didnt start riding in a 16" till about 3-4 years ago and the only reason I did that was because they didnt have that particular saddle in a 15". Now, my issue is a 16" feels like a boat to me. Keep in my mind I am 35 weeks pregnant with my third baby. So the past three years I have spent the majority of the time being pregnant and the 16" has been kind of nice because it gives me belly room.
Now, I was 201lbs prior to getting pregnant this last time. I currently weight 193lbs at 35 weeks pregnant, so I am hoping after this one is born I can continue to get my weight back down and under control.
Not only do I NOT like the 16" seat because it feels huge but I can't get the stinkin stirrups to go up far enough. I am 5' 1". I have short legs. Every 16" saddle I have tried the stirrups will not go up far enough. (expect my JM Yancey) Now, the JM Yancey is going to be a big no go after the baby is born because it is just way too big.
So, what happens if a 15" is too snug now? Do, I go with the saddle that is a little more snug or do I stick with the 16"? I have gotten to wear the 16" I feel like I am sliding around too much. This may be due to the fact Im pregnant and my balance isnt the best.
Could I put some kind of seat cover on my 16"? Would that make my seat smaller? I really do not want to saddle shop all over again. Im still trying to get rid of saddles I bought to try on my mare that didnt fit.