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    12-10-2010, 12:39 PM
Should i sell my saddle?

Ive been reading and found some info

I currently have a 17 1/2 close contact saddle and im 5'1
I read up on some things and I think my saddle is a bit big for me
My legs swing, don't sit in the right place, my butt slides around when and not jumping...
So I was thinking of selling my saddle and buying a 16 1/2.

Heres the article

The criteria for determining the size of saddle the rider requires vary according to the type of saddle, and what the rider plans to do in it. In a Close-Contact, or Jumping saddle, I would say the most important factor is the length of the rider's thigh - from hip to knee - so that when the rider is sitting in the deepest part of the seat, with the stirrups at the shortest length the rider normally uses, the knee is correctly positioned behind the knee roll or block. Thus, a tall, thin girl could require a 17 1/2" saddle, while a short, heavier woman fits a 16 1/2" well.

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    12-10-2010, 12:48 PM
Green Broke
Its hard to say without seeing a picture of you sitting in the saddle from the side. How many fingers can you fit behind your butt? Usually you should be able to comfortably fit 4 fingers behind your rump. How old are you? Do you think you are done growing? From the pictures you posted it looks fine to me.
    12-10-2010, 12:49 PM
Green Broke
Oh, and I meant to add that if you do sell you may want to get something with thigh blocks to help with the swinging leg until you can become more stable on your own.
    12-10-2010, 12:57 PM
Im 19 and done growing. I just feel I get in the chair seat alot , alot when im cantering. Some people say my saddle doesnt fit me so I don't know what to do. I've tried doing leg excersises :(

Im trying to find a pic of me standing ill maybe take one later
    12-10-2010, 01:04 PM
Green Broke
Pics would certainly help...but to give you an saddle is a 16.5" and fits me very well, and I'm 5'1" also (114 lbs) :)
    12-10-2010, 01:09 PM
Ok but im a very stocky girl lol, im 5'1 and 140 pounds in the pics you can tell I have thicker bone structure
    12-10-2010, 02:42 PM
I was told that you are actually supposed to fit only three fingers in front and behind, though I don't think that one extra finger is going to make that big a difference. I would try a few saddles of different sizes first before deciding what size actually does fit you, and before selling yours. I am also 5'1, but rather small, only weight 108lbs. My 17 inch saddle was entirely way to big, so now I'm trying to find one that fits me and my horse. If you have a trainer, I would also ask their opinion as well, and see what you can find.
    12-10-2010, 03:02 PM
Mine is huge for me haha. Yours doesn't look as bad as mine. I'm 18 and 5' even with a 17". I just barely break 100lbs lol.
I think yours looks fine from what you've posted.
    12-10-2010, 03:20 PM
Green Broke
Your saddle fits your horse well without the extra padding. I would try riding him in it with just the square pad and see if that helps your chair seat.

With your shorter legs, it might be that the stirrup bars are just set too far forward for you. You probably need a saddle with the stirrup bars farther back.
    12-10-2010, 03:23 PM
Once I get my horse to a new barn il ask there opinion, right now I guess ill just ride in my dressage saddle. I might ride with no stirrups to strenghten my legs

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