Hey everyone! I need some advice from the saddle experts here! So here's my problem:
I'm short. Short, and even though I'm super fit, I have a booty. This is making finding a saddle a nightmare! I have a lovely dressage saddle that is a size 17.5" that my rear fits into wonderfully, but the flaps are a touch long for me. My dressage saddle doesn't bother me much, I can work with that and am quite happy with it. My jumping saddle is the pain. So, I need a bigger seat to fit my rear into, but a shorter flap for my legs. Frustrating! The saddle itself is a size 17, but my leg length would need more of a 16.5" (amazing how half an inch can make such a difference!) I need to crank my stirrups up so my ears and then sit in a chair seat just so the saddle supports me. I feel like a jockey and can't really use my legs effectively. And I feel way out of sorts! I've ridden in a friend's 16.5 close contact and it was nicer, the seat was a bit restrictive. I did feel a heck of a lot more balanced in it. I've also had the chance to ride in a 16" ap saddle for jumping - loved it! I felt so secure and balanced. But I swear my butt just about hung off the cantle!
So what would you do? Would you opt for the smaller seat? Or would you stay with something that fit your rear better than your legs? And of course, I'd never forget about my horse in the fitting process.