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post #1 of 11 Old 02-08-2013, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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is my saddle too small?

in the picture I know my saddle pad is too far back and I need to lengthen my stirrups a tad ( I fixed it don't worry) but people tell me my saddle is too small. I feel comfortable in it and my horse doesn't seem to mind it.
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-08-2013, 05:17 PM
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It definitely looks too small in my eye and I would think that it would throw you off balance, but I guess you're the judge since you're riding. Have you ever tried riding in a bigger saddle to see the difference? Sometimes you don't realize something is wrong until you feel it when its right, if that makes sense.

For instance, I have a tiiiiiny butt and I used to ride in a 16 or 17" saddle since the lesson horse I rode fit that saddle well. I assumed it was good for me but always had a hard time sitting the trot and lope. As soon as I started using a new saddle though (different horse sadly) it was SO much easier. The saddle I use now is a 14" (I'm 4'11. Haha) and now I wonder why I ever rode in a big saddle!

What size saddle is the one you're riding in now, if you don't mind me asking, and do you have access to try another saddle?
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Yes I would say it's too small, but if you are comfortable that is your decision.
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post #4 of 11 Old 02-08-2013, 05:21 PM
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Agreed, it does look small, but if you're more comfortable in it than in a saddle that "looks" correct I wouldn't worry about it. It's not going to affect your horse unless it's throwing you off balance.
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post #5 of 11 Old 02-08-2013, 05:23 PM
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Yes, it's too small. Personally, I rather ride in a saddle that's too small then one that's too big
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post #6 of 11 Old 02-08-2013, 05:29 PM
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The seat may be a bit small for you but not much and if it's comfortable so be it. I think the thing that really makes the saddle look "small" is the skirt - I've seen other saddles with the short skirt style and, while I recognize it's only a perception thing, they all look "small" on a horse period.
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post #7 of 11 Old 02-08-2013, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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its a size 15 and is comfy but I like a 16 a little better. When I got it they said it was a 16 but it turned out it was a typo and it was a 15.

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post #8 of 11 Old 02-09-2013, 03:37 PM
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Too small. You are on the cantle which is hard on the tree, and you are also unable to get your legs in better position as the stirrups are too far forwards for you to do that.

Draw a line from back of ear, through shoulder through hip to heel and you will see that you are in a chair seat in this saddle.

Need to try some out to find something that fits you better, as this one doesn't.

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post #9 of 11 Old 02-09-2013, 03:43 PM
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I agree will all the above comments.
Go for a 16 you are more comfortable in.

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post #10 of 11 Old 02-09-2013, 04:11 PM
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it is too small. However, if you are still centered in the saddle, I.e, not pushing more against the cantle than against the pommel, I think it wsould still be useable. Have you tried a bigger saddle to see how it feels?
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