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grayshell38 10-07-2012 04:01 PM

Endurance saddles for the petite rider? Do they exist?!
So, I've been looking around at all the different used endurance type saddles and have been coming up with a ton of15-15.5 inch saddles. However, I am a very petite rider and am most comfortable in a 14inch western saddle. I have looked all over the place and they don't seem to exist!

I can't imagine that I am the only petite rider interested in endurace, so where oh where do I find the smaller seat sized saddles?

QOS 10-07-2012 05:37 PM

go with a 15" and get the wool seat cover - it will do two things, fill up the space and make the ride cooler!!!

clippityclop 10-07-2012 05:52 PM

They actually do make such a thing! But the saddles are top notch and come with an equally top notch price - checkout Stonewall saddles - incredibly light and come in a 14 inch.

Keep an eye out here, too - good used stuff:
Endurance.Net Classifieds

phantomhorse13 10-07-2012 08:02 PM

Make sure the people are measuring the saddle in the way you expect.. as many endurance saddles are measured the "english" way and some (like Bob Marshall Sports Saddles) have their own way of measuring that is unlike any other way.

I know some pretty tiny women who are riding endurance, so there is def a saddle out there for you!

grayshell38 10-08-2012 01:48 PM

Thanks for the info! My boy is only three right now, so I have a couple years before I am willing to spend that much money on a saddle for two reasons. One, he's still got a lot of filling out to do and we won't be starting any real training until closer to four and a half/five anyway but I have really been at a loss with finding a saddle that would fit me as well.

I figured that I would start researching now and get an idea of the different types and such. I can't wait!

Joe4d 10-08-2012 02:34 PM

thats funny I ask the same question,but all of them are too small.... 15's are the most common, With a sheepskin youd have to be pretty tiny not to be ok. Id check some out. You probably want something bigger for endurance than you would normally use to allow a bit of freedom to move around.

grayshell38 10-08-2012 03:17 PM

Joe4d- I am a very small person. LOL. I have a hard time finding stuff that fits me. I usually end up going into kids sizes. 14 is about perfect, so maybe 15 with sheepskin would be okay. I would definitely have to try it out first to be sure.

I don't have a pic of me riding, but you get the idea from this pic. I am 5'2", 106lbs. My mare is 14.3hh. The saddle that she has on is a Big Horn youth saddle.

Joe4d 10-08-2012 03:39 PM

All of these come in sizes down to 15 Aussie, which is the equivalent of 13 western size. Australian Horse Saddles for Endurance Riding

clippityclop 10-08-2012 04:30 PM

Too bad you don't live near me. You are the perfect size my neighbor has been looking for to put miles on her welsh ponies! She needs a petite mature rider to ride ride ride - heck she's so desperate that if you did live here, she'd probably buy a saddle for you if you would ride her horses for her...LOL! Her ponies are 13hh and just under.

Well here is something to consider - they do make 'youth' saddles. Smaller seats, shorter fender length - so you could try searching under those terms and see what you can come up with. It just might be a fit! Now I know they have youth sizes in english and western, but I don't know very many in endurance that go down to a 14".

I ride in a wintec dressage for endurance. My saddle is a 17.5" wintec, and I ride in a 15" western so I bet anything in english in a 16" should fit you - do you have a preference for saddle type? The bighorns, abettas, and all brands similar don't go smaller than a 15".

marciante - they run small - I've ridden in a 15" marcinate and it felt a little bit too tiny for you can try searching those as well.

phantomhorse13 10-08-2012 08:16 PM


Originally Posted by grayshell38 (Post 1711237)
I don't have a pic of me riding, but you get the idea from this pic. I am 5'2", 106lbs. My mare is 14.3hh. The saddle that she has on is a Big Horn youth saddle.

Is there any place near you that has saddles you could demo? I think you might be surprised at what is and isn't comfortable for you.

One of my friends is pretty much your size and she rides in a "normal" sized saddle.. one big enough my behind fits in it ok as I have ridden her mare (who is 14.2 with shoes on a good day) using it.

You said you have some time to find the right one, so hopefully you can find somewhere you can actually put your butt in it!

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