Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
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I started riding in my Mom's 18" English close-contact saddle when I was 4 years old. I used that saddle until I was 25. I learned to ride just fine, and never came unseated. Certainly not ideal, but it's not the end of the world. I've never been able to ride in a seat that's too small though. I'd rather ride bareback. When my knees are off the flap and my butt is up against the cantle, I don't seem to be able to balance right or give the right cues, and I cramp up everywhere.
I bought my first very own saddle a year ago (at age 42), which fits me like a glove. Boy what a difference that makes. Should have done that 38 years ago...
I would say, perfect fit is just wow. Too big is manageable. Too small is a no-go. Of course, it makes a difference what you're doing too. Big difference in how much slop you can get away with on a Sunday afternoon hack vs eventing, etc
Last edited by freia; 04-07-2012 at 10:15 PM.