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  • Is an 18" saddle too big?

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    08-02-2012, 03:07 PM
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Faye, in a perfect world we would all be riding in tidy little 16 inch english saddle. Saddles with seat 18 inches + are simply going to fit further back on a horse. No avoiding it.
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    08-02-2012, 03:23 PM
Originally Posted by unclearthur    
The panels in all the saddles pictured look far too flat even though the tree widths look about right.

GoldenHorse, both yours look a little croup high in the pics - unless both dip under saddle so their back profiles change I think you could improve how they go by having the saddle re-balanced, especially if they tend to go on the forehand or you tend to either fall forward or get a stiff back.

If none of these happen please ignore me :)

I haven't ridden either Ben or Willow in that saddle yet, so can't tell their way of going, G Man went nicely in it, and it certainly put me in a good position.
    08-02-2012, 03:27 PM
Was showing a saddle don't think it was the same one
    08-03-2012, 03:26 AM
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Allison, If you can't get your arse in a 17" saddle then don't buy a horse that can only take a 17" saddle.
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    08-03-2012, 10:02 AM
Originally Posted by faye    
Allison, If you can't get your arse in a 17" saddle then don't buy a horse that can only take a 17" saddle.
Faye, while I agree that some horses have very short backs, and you can only go that far in saddle size, the particular saddle doesn't look too big for Willow.

BTW, I also have 18" size saddle (exactly same as GH posted), and while I can get my "arse" in 17" if I really want to, it won't put me in a right position because of my height. My paint has short back as well, but when my saddle fitter evaluated the fit the saddle length was just fine.
    08-03-2012, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by faye    
Allison, If you can't get your arse in a 17" saddle then don't buy a horse that can only take a 17" saddle.
Wow is all I can say with a comment such as this. You have just alienated a large number of riders with that comment.

That horse has plenty of back to carry that saddle. My XC saddle is an 18 inch and I have ridden all sizes of horses in it with NO ill effects. I simply prefer a larger saddle that doesn't get in my way.

Those panels are not anywhere near to compromising the kidney.
    08-03-2012, 02:08 PM
I would like if possible to take this thread back to saddle fit for Willow, will have to try some more on her, and see how we go

I have started another thread here Short backs, long saddles, and different disciplines and would love to expand the discussion of different saddle types and disciplines and riders big butts and long legs on that thread if possible.
    08-03-2012, 04:43 PM
I moved some general posts from this specific discussion to the more general discussion Short backs, long saddles, and different disciplines
    08-03-2012, 04:48 PM
Thank you Val
    08-03-2012, 04:53 PM
Green Broke
I am no help with the saddle but your horse is pretty and I like how you braided her mane:)

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