Whats with the narrow twists ? - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 14 Old 09-24-2012, 05:40 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Posts: 9,532
• Horses: 4
My Circle Y has a twist so wide that this 5'8" guy can barely touch the horse with my lower leg. I have to turn my toes way out and then bend at the knee until my heel finally makes contact. So I prefer my DownUnder, which has a narrow enough twist that my calves are next to the horse.

I don't think it is a male/female thing. My 14 year old daughter loves the Circle Y, and it doesn't seem to make her do the splits the way it does me. Don't know why. I was guessing it is because she likes to ride with more of a chair seat, but that doesn't explain it for other people:

"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."
bsms is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 14 Old 09-24-2012, 06:14 PM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Southeast Michigan
Posts: 21
• Horses: 0
they hurt my junk (male english rider) that's what's with narrow twists. its a girls thing. and if they sat on their seat bones like they're supposed to they wouldn't like them one bit either. ;)
DarkHorseDream is offline  
post #13 of 14 Old 09-24-2012, 07:05 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 5,286
• Horses: 1
I prefer a narrow twist (and large, correctly placed thigh blocks FWIW), but my (female) trainer prefers a wider twist.

I think you'll find more women than men who like a narrow twist, but it's definitely not a one-size-fits-all deal.
verona1016 is offline  
post #14 of 14 Old 09-24-2012, 07:14 PM
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
Posts: 1,275
• Horses: 0
We're all built differently, so thank goodness saddles come in all kinds of shapes. I'm 5'9" and leggy. I should be able to sit in just about anything, but if I get too wide a twist my whole leg cramps up and I feel like I'm about to get a sciatic nerve explosion. Narrow to medium twist and I'm fine. Getting bruised "down under" with a narrow twist is a better option for me than wanting to chew my leg off.
I do wish it weren't a "go get a narrow twist" fad, but rather a "go find a saddle that fits you" fad.
boots likes this.
freia is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Narrow or Underweight? Lexiie Horse Nutrition 18 10-09-2012 09:24 PM
Saddle Twists SullysRider Horse Tack and Equipment 1 03-01-2012 02:59 PM
Is my saddle too narrow? BaileyJo English Riding 12 09-20-2011 12:48 AM
Would this arena be too narrow? Lonannuniel Barn Maintenance 2 11-29-2010 03:25 PM
My saddle is too narrow--any help? butterfly1341 Horse Tack and Equipment 12 04-12-2010 12:34 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome