Saddle Seat Size... Too Small or OK?
Well, I finally got on Zee last night and tried the new saddle on him. I wanted to try a 16.5 since a lot of 17s just feel like I have a tad too much room and I can't find the sweet spot. The seat feels comfortable to me, and I have a hand's width behind me. My trainer looked at it and noted that my weight is above the panels and not sitting on the back of the saddle. I'm hoping the saddle will keep me from stuffing my face with donuts and cookies! If a gain a pound, I probably won't fit in it anymore!!
What do you guys think? This will be for flat work only since Zee won't be jumping anymore :( I wish I could trot and canter in it, but it will be months before the vet clears him for that...
Oh, and yes, we realized after riding in it that it will need the rear shims put into the half pad to raise the back of the saddle up a bit. I plan to have the back panels adjusted after Zee gets back in shape again. And my stirrups were about a hole too short, so my knee won't normally be quite so close to the edge of the flap.
I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.