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    11-03-2008, 12:31 AM
wrong seat size affecting position

The saddle I currently have is atleast half inch too small for me, as well as the flaps being too short and not forward enough for me. (My knees go PAST the knee rolls)

I had pictures taken of me riding today, and I was appalled with my position!
I have already gotten exercises to do, and I'm also going to play with my stirrup length.

But besides that, could the wrong seat size affect your position?
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    11-03-2008, 12:58 AM
Yes, definitely!! If you're in a seat size too small, your pelivs can't rotate completely with the horse. If it's too big, you have too much room to move. Of course if you have a rock-solid position, you should be able to maintain a good position if that's not the saddle you ride in all the time, but if your position isn't completely 100% solid, then you will find that a saddle that is the wrong size can mess you up quite badly.
    11-03-2008, 10:08 AM
Hard to believe that a saddle that is only 1/2" too small can effect you so drastically but it can. It is better to be 1/2" too large.
    11-03-2008, 10:14 AM
Ha if my jeans are too tight it throws my balance off! We rode yesterday, I had been wearing bib overalls all day and didn't change. We rode a mile of so and they started riding up around my hips. Vida and I were both uncomfortable and witchy by the time we got home.
I can imagine having a saddle that is uncomfortable has to be way worse.
    11-03-2008, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
Ha if my jeans are too tight it throws my balance off! We rode yesterday, I had been wearing bib overalls all day and didn't change. We rode a mile of so and they started riding up around my hips. Vida and I were both uncomfortable and witchy by the time we got home.
I can imagine having a saddle that is uncomfortable has to be way worse.
I don't have that problem... If they are too tight - they just split right on up my rear and I ride w/ the a/c on....
    11-03-2008, 12:19 PM
Thanks so much for the replies!
When I was taking lessons (and would ride in bigger saddles) my instructors never had to tell me to correct my position (I think the most was just "keep your heels down")
And since I got Vega and then Montana and I would see pictures of myself, I just looked horrible.
When I got my saddle, I first sat in a 16" and then the 16.5" and the person said 16.5" was fine (but they also told Tom he'd fit into a 17" english saddle, yet when we went to a different place, they said he would be more comfortable in a 19" and that 17" would be WAY too small) So i'm convinced that that tack store didn't have a large selection and sold me the 16.5" because that was all they had.

I was fitted, just recently, for a 17" but I'm nervous that I will outgrow the 17" and will need a bigger saddle. Would it be OK to get a saddle that is half inch too big? Or should I just go with the 17"?
    11-03-2008, 01:17 PM
If you're really worried, I'd go with a 17.5''. I completely agree about saddles and position. I cringe when looking at pictures of my riding Spree in this 16.5'' Wintec (admittedly my stirrups are way too long):

And this is in my new either 17'' or 17.5'' Crump (haven't measured it):

    11-03-2008, 01:33 PM
I think I will go with a 17.5, just in case, maybe.

You look a lot more comfortable in your new saddle, than the wintec :)

Now if only I had the money....
    11-03-2008, 01:35 PM
It's the new horse, mostly

Have you tried selling your old saddle on eBay?
    11-03-2008, 01:37 PM
Yes I have. I had a reserve and it wasn't met and the highest bid was only 265 or something (i paid around $1,000 for it, have kept it in really good condition, minus the wear from the sitrrup leathers) and I didn't think it would have gone down $800 bucks in the 1 1/2 years I've had it. I've had it one craigslist, as well as websites online with no luck.

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