How much difference does an inch make in an english saddle?

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    03-30-2012, 08:37 PM
How much difference does an inch make in an english saddle?

I have the wintec pro dressage in a 16.5 and I feel it's too small sometimes I hit the back of the saddle when posting(although my instructor says it's fine, but she pretty much says everyone can ride in a 16.5 lol) I'm 5'4 and 138lbs and I have a pretty thick thighs . I'm most likely going to buy myboypuck's 17.5 in the same saddle but I'm curious how big a difference an inch really is.
This is me cantering in my current saddle
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    03-30-2012, 10:46 PM
That saddle is too small for you. The extra inch will make a big difference. You;ll feel a lot freer in the saddle because you won't have the cantle hitting you.
    03-31-2012, 08:15 AM
Bear in mind the way the saddle sits on the horse affects how you sit in it. If it's pommel-low you will try to counterbalance your natural tendency to fall forward by moving your weight back. This can make you feel your saddle is too small because of the seat angles. Plus although it's obviously difficult to tell, it looks to me from the pic that your seat is slightly out of the saddle.

I'd get your instructor to check the saddle levels both when you're dismounted and on the horse before you rush out to buy a new one :)

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    03-31-2012, 10:06 AM
Unfortunately inch makes a big difference. It's hard to get a correct position (and balance) in saddle that is too small.
    03-31-2012, 10:26 AM
It's the difference between fitting and not fitting.

The saddle pictured is definitely too small for you; I think you'll find a huge difference when you ride in the 17.5.
    03-31-2012, 01:38 PM
Thank you guys, I really felt it was too small for a while but my instructor kept ensuring me that it wasn't. I just wanted to make sure that a 17.5 would be big enough since an inch is so small it's hard to imagine it would make that big a difference. I can't wait to get the bigger size now :-D The biggest problem will be selling my current saddle once I get the new one. Hopefully I can sell it fast since I really shouldn't be spending the money lol.
    03-31-2012, 03:17 PM
Originally Posted by maura    
The saddle pictured is definitely too small for you
I beg to differ. I can't see how you can tell with any degree of accuracy from this picture - the horse's croup is raised, hind legs preparing to reach forward into another stride, rider is slightly out of the saddle and consequently in contact with the rear of the seat, horse unbalanced and falling onto his offside shoulder. Never mind how the saddle fits the horse.

There are just too many 'whatifs.' Sorry.
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    03-31-2012, 03:26 PM
An inch makes a BIG difference. For instance, I can't ride in a 17" hunt saddle because my knees go over the edge. However, a 17.5" hunt saddle is perfect, especially with long or forward flaps. In dressage, a 17" fits my seat and my leg fairly well, but I'm swimming in my 18". Try the 17.5" and see how you feel in it.
    03-31-2012, 03:45 PM

Here's what I see - her buttocks are at the very back of the cantle, looks to be maybe 2 - 3 fingers worth of space, rather than a hand's width, and at the same time, her knee looks to be jammed up against the knee roll.

To my eye, it doesn't look like she could possibly have enough room to slide her seatbones with the horse's motion; she looks somewhat wedged in the saddle. It might be that she could ride in this seat side with a longer flap or riding with the knee blocks in a different position and a longer stirrup - her problem seems to be the length of her femur, rather than the actual seat.

What do you see?
    03-31-2012, 04:33 PM
I have a video of me riding my horse from June(the horse above is the lesson horse) The video quality isn't that great, but maybe it will help you better see the way I fit in the saddle. Me and my horse were having some difficulties as you can see but we've worked that out for the most part lol

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