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  • Does a 16.5 saddle have shorter leg flaps than a 17
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    12-27-2009, 09:36 PM
Saddle problem!!!


I bought an 16.5 all purpose saddle to break my 2 yr old in , now she is 5 and im looking for a real leather saddle, my problem is my legs are short, im under 5 feet and my knee doesnt reach the knee roll/block thing, when I ride with my leathers long for flatwork it doesnt reach and when I ride short since my legs are short it tilts me forward and I lean forward and don't sit up straight becuz I feel like im riding like a jockey, lol do I need a close contact saddle, and small size than 16.5, a saddle with a short flap,??? Any brand/ suggestions are greatly apprecitaed!
Brands (pessoa, HDr, dover circuit, CWD, m.toulose,mondega, wintec, thorowgood, bates, collegiate, wylde, )

Please help!!!
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    12-28-2009, 01:17 AM
Have you tried a youth or childs saddle? They look the same as an adult saddle they are just built for people on the smaller side. I know that Dover has some really good ones but you can usually find them at any tack store. Hope this helped!
    12-28-2009, 01:21 AM
Green Broke
In this photo, your rear end says you need a 17" or 17.5" saddle.
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You should have 2-3 fingers of room behind your hiney ot the back edge of the seat, minimum, preferably 4-5 fingers of room.

I would suggest looking for a 17-17.5" saddle with extra short flaps. They are out there, though not often used. You might look at VSD or Dressage saddles if you want to do mostly flat work. If you're looking at jumping, with little flat work, then you might look at saddles with a higher and more forward flap, like a XC saddle.

If you can't find anything used, then you're going to need to buy semi-custom new. Most manufacturers can order you a saddle with shortened flaps, you'll just have to pay extra and wait longer for it to be made.
    12-28-2009, 05:29 PM

Some people say I need smaller, some say I need a bigger than 16.5, should I get a close contact or all purpose, I am looking to do jumping mostly. Help what should I get???????
    12-28-2009, 05:55 PM
Go to your local tack store and have them fit you.
    12-28-2009, 06:42 PM
Green Broke
You need a smaller/shorter flap, but a larger seat. You basically need youth cut flaps on a 17" tree.

If you want the saddle to fit right, you're going to need to go semi-custom. Talk to your local tack shop to see what brands and models they can order semi-custom for you. If your local shop is not helpful, then some of the bigger stores that have web sites may be willing to help. I would call around and see what they can do for you.
    12-28-2009, 07:40 PM
Green Broke
My first thought is exactly what luvs2ride said. The seat of your saddle is too small for your body (i've always been taught you should have a hand's width behind your butt) and that the bottom of the flap of your saddle hits too far down on your leg, which means it's too long. The bottom edge should hit higher up on your calf.

HOWEVER- the more I look at your picture the more I think the size MAY not be as far off. I think it looks improperly sized due to your position. (perhaps your position is off because of your saddle?). You're sitting far back in the seat (Where you should be closer to the pommel) which makes the seat look smaller then it is, esp since you're resting your hands on the pommel. Makes it harder to see how much saddle is in front of you. And with your leg out in front of you, where your heel should be directly in line with your hip. That will give you a shorter leg as well. While there's a good chance you'll need a larger size with a short flap, the degree of how much will be harder to tell without a more correct position. If you take a picture from the side of you sitting in the middle of the seat and just let your leg dangle down it's easier to see where the flap is in relation to your leg. Another major issue is that your flap is set very forward, too far forward then what you need. Unless you ride with a very short stirrup your knee will not touch the knee roll. But regardless, I do think you need a new saddle. These are the kind of saddles that I usually warn people away from, they do not encourage proper position! Pretty much any saddle you listed is a better brand then what you're sitting in now. Always get the best quality your wallet can afford (heck, you can swing a CWD go for it!).
    12-28-2009, 07:41 PM
Green Broke
PS- I know you weren't asking for a critique and if you're offended I (sort of) gave one, I apologize. Just think it's one of the factors to consider.
    12-28-2009, 10:04 PM
Upnover, no no thank you, any info I can get is helpful, thanx so much, I will definitely take some more pics from the sides and try and sit taller and straighter, where my stirrup is, is where I normally ride for flatwork, and I bring it up a hole for jumping, I will post the pics tomorrow afternoon :)
    12-28-2009, 10:54 PM

Does this picture help understand the problem? Im sitting up straighter,

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Hope those help, they arent the best but... I will try and get better ones tomorrow

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