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    12-01-2008, 11:49 AM
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First off, I appologize if I sound like a complete idiot.

I just bought an english saddle. I posted about it on another board. I got it in the mail the other day and although the leather isn't that great its not horrible. Anyway, it fits Diesel great, I just can't tell about me. The girl I brought it through said it was a 17. It's an 18. I got up in it to ride and the BO says it fits me but I'm really not sure. For one thing, I thought your leg was supposed to rest on the knee rolls kinda?

Second, and bare with me on this part...
You know the metal part which holds the stirrup leathers? This digs into my thigh when riding. I am not really sure if it is just because it is a cheapo saddle or if it doesn't fit me or what.

I have ridden english before but nothing serious but I never had this problem in a saddle before so I am assuming it is because the saddle is cheap.

I will try and get someone to take pictures of me in it. But for now if you can manage to decipher what I am asking and have an answer I would be both thankful and impressed
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    12-01-2008, 12:35 PM
When you sit in the saddle your stirrups leathers should hang straight down when your feet are in the irons. If you have to move your leg forward or backward then it's not in the right spot for you. On some saddles you can move the stirrup bar forward or backward.

This is a pretty good website Saddle Fitting

Pictures of you in the saddle will help us determine if it's right for you!
    12-01-2008, 02:12 PM
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I'm geussing the saddle doesnt fit you. I'm not sure why that would dig into your thight but... hmm... can you post a pic?
    12-01-2008, 05:23 PM
Green Broke
Try running the stirrup buckle down, so it's at your ankle, at the bottom. That should eliminate the pressure under your thigh. If you end up keeping the saddle, get some Wintec Webbers.

Your knee should be on the knee pads, but only if you ride with your stirrups short. My knees are never there on my AP saddle, but that's because I like my leathers LONG, Dressage or Western length. I don't jump any more and I prefer to sit the trot, so I see no need to ride like a jockey, lol.
    12-01-2008, 05:30 PM
Hmm, it sounds like it doesn't fit you properly. Or, since it's cheap it may not be of good quality. ;)
    12-01-2008, 08:04 PM
A saddle should place you in this position:

A dressage saddle just gives you a longer leg, and a close contact a shorter one.

Every rider is different which is why I strongly suggest sitting in as many saddles as you can and finding what you like before buying.

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