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post #11 of 16 Old 02-03-2014, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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By the way, your horse is absolutely stunning!
Not my horse, she's my friend's horse. I count myself lucky to get to enjoy her. She is stunning inside and out.

And in 20 years of looking, I have never found a saddle in my budget that fits my leg. If it fits my butt, I don't get enough flap, and if I have enough flap, I swim in the seat. I tend to go with a compromise somewhere in between, so the seat's a little roomy, and the leg is barely on the flap. Next time I win the lottery, I'm getting a custom saddle.

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post #12 of 16 Old 02-03-2014, 07:48 PM
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You are indeed lucky to have the opportunity to work with her! :)

I hear you about the custom. I have already decided a custom close contact and dressage saddle will be my mid-life crisis and I'm only 25! Lol. This is not because of me though. I'm fairly average, and it's easy for me to find a saddle that fits me fairly well. However, my horse is a Shire/TB cross and she's an awkward size and shape. My wide collegiate fits her surprisingly well for not being a custom but the saddle fitter said the channel could be a hair wider as not to interfere with her spinal ligaments around turns. For her sake, I would LOVE a custom.

If you have a little patience and look hard you may be able to find a nice forward or long flap to accommodate your leg. My husband is super lanky. He's 5'10" and 130lbs. He's all legs. He would sit in an average 17" and the flaps were way too short, and he'd sit in a 17.5 or 18" and the flap would be a better fit but he'd be all over the place in the seat. We managed to find a used 17" Stubben Siegfried with long AND forward flaps. As an added bonus, it fits his horse too! It was a lucky find!

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Not my horse, she's my friend's horse. I count myself lucky to get to enjoy her. She is stunning inside and out.

And in 20 years of looking, I have never found a saddle in my budget that fits my leg. If it fits my butt, I don't get enough flap, and if I have enough flap, I swim in the seat. I tend to go with a compromise somewhere in between, so the seat's a little roomy, and the leg is barely on the flap. Next time I win the lottery, I'm getting a custom saddle.
I have a friend running to this problem while saddle shopping... her current saddle is too large in the seat, and contributing to a chair seat. Almost all saddles that she's tried that fit her in the butt have a laughably short flap on her. She's looking into long or forward flap models, but even with a reasonable budget it's proving to be very difficult to find something that works.

To answer your original question, though, I love my Collegiate! I'm not sure of the specific model, but it's stamped as being a Ruiz Diaz. Super comfy, and puts me in the right position. The seat runs a bit small, so my 16.5" looks even more awkward on my tall and slim friend!



Definitely keep an open mind, though! I would sit, or ride if possible, in every saddle that you have an opportunity. That's the best way to find out what YOU like best, and what puts you in the best position. When you ride in something, try and get a friend to take pictures and a video of you sitting in it and moving. You can usually get a feel for seat size while sitting in a saddle on a rack, but you never know where your leg will fall once you're actually on the horse
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I have the same problem as you with the leg creeping forward - with me its caused by knee stiffness and pain from rheumatoid arthritis that I've had since I was 12.
A lot of the time I have no pain at all but the leg position becomes a habit that's hard to break
If you do tie your stirrups to the girth be sure to use something that will break really easily if anything went wrong - not baler twine!!!
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A lot of the time I have no pain at all but the leg position becomes a habit that's hard to break
Incredibly hard to break. I know when I'm doing it. I can feel it the microsecond I start doing it. My brain is yelling at my leg: no! Nononononono, but that leg has a mind of its own and just shoots out there. Arghhhhhh.

Glad to hear I'm not the only one who has struggled with this.

I thought I'd use a rubber band or surveying ribbon to tie the stirrup back. That should break easily.
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Would a rubber band not stretch too much?
I know when I'm doing it because its actually more comfortable on my knees - maybe I need to make myself suffer a bit instead of thinking 'Oh what the heck'!!!
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