Originally Posted by shanoona
But I was told by a few triners to get a bigger saddle. Because according to them, according to me, when I think about it, and accoding to how the mare isgoing, better to have a saddle inch bigger, but fitting, and allowing me to sit well and not to disturb her on her back. Than to have a smaller saddle, giving my weight on smaller area and not allowing me to sit properly, disturbing her all the time etc... I must say she is going very wwell in 17" saddles. I tried 17,5" and that was already pinching her too back backwards in her spine, but 17" works well for her...
A lot depends on your height too
I ride 15.2's that are probably also bigger built than your pony in 16.5 inch saddles but I am only 5ft 3
The man I used to work for was 6ft 2 and rode a 16.3 horse in a 17.5 inch saddle
Saddles also have width fittings
If your saddle is sliding so much that it needs something to keep it still then something is wrong somewhere