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post #31 of 34 Old 07-25-2013, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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I ride in a 15" western, 17" english. I figured the saddle would fit fairly close to my english saddles & consulted a lot of guides. Went with a 17" my legs touch the poleys even with a draped leg. Making me think its too small. I mean it feels fine, but from what everyone else says I should probably have more room.
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post #32 of 34 Old 07-25-2013, 02:11 PM
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There is more than seat size alone involved. The angle of the cantle in the rear, the height, position and shape of the poleys, the twist of the saddle, how short you like your stirrups, etc - all affect if it feels right. I was told there should be about enough room between your thigh and the poley to slip your finger in the gap. I have more than that in my 18" saddle, but it feels fine to me - possibly because of the overall shape of the saddle. I've spent plenty of hours in the 17" one, and my thighs just about touch the poleys. The 15" western saddles I've tried all are just a bit tight for me, although I could get away with riding in them. YMMV.

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post #33 of 34 Old 07-26-2013, 03:51 PM
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I took this picture for you when I went out to ride today. This is how the seat should be - Legs parallel with the poleys with an inch / inch and a half of room to spare. This way I can ride, post a trot, etc and not have the poleys get in the way.
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post #34 of 34 Old 07-27-2013, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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Ohhh thanks Shoebox that's actually super helpful. I don't have that space. My legs hit the poleys & cover those rings behind them. I think if I lowered my stirrups any more they would be too long.

I've been trying to get pictures of me in it, but maybe I'll have to take one like that. I'm thinking probably too small :-\
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