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QHriderKE 10-15-2012 12:25 AM

Is a 19" too big...?
How much too big would a 19" saddle be for me?

16" is much to small for me... as you can see here:

How much would riding in an English saddle a bit too big mess up your seat?

waresbear 10-15-2012 12:34 AM

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It does mess up your seat. You get a "flop" action going. I take a 17" seat, a 18" seat is horrible for me, I can't find the sweet spot easily or maintain it. By the look of that seat, I would say you would need a 17", you'll enjoy it more.
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jumanji321 10-15-2012 12:35 AM

19" would be huge for you. I agree that a 17 - 17 1/2 would be good.

QHriderKE 10-15-2012 12:36 AM

Wah. I just found a 19" Stubben below my price range :(

unclearthur 10-15-2012 07:20 AM

6' 6" and 18 stone (252 pounds) = 19" seat.

Quite often, anyway ;)

JustDressageIt 10-15-2012 09:44 AM

Looks like you need a more forward flap to accommodate your long femur - something to consider when shopping. That 16" saddle doesn't fit your leg at all. Seat size is all about the leg, not the butt.
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Speed Racer 10-15-2012 09:53 AM

Anything under 17" is considered a youth saddle anyway, so it's time to move up into a 'big girl' saddle. :wink:

I had a 19" Stubben. I bought it off CL, because the owner stated it was an 18". That was the biggest English saddle I have ever seen. It was obviously custom made for a man, because I measured the seat and it was a true 19".

Trust me, you'd absolutely swim in a 19" seat. 17-17.5" is your best bet. I ride in a 17.5" seat, and although I could do fine in an 18" as well, a 19" is much too big for the average woman.

I sold the 19" on to someone else. Don't know if she kept it or not, but she was thrilled to get it because it was German made. If it had been smaller, I'd have never sold it.

Delfina 10-15-2012 11:49 AM


Originally Posted by Speed Racer (Post 1719800)
Anything under 17" is considered a youth saddle anyway, so it's time to move up into a 'big girl' saddle. :wink:

:cry: :cry: :cry:

I'll go hide in the corner with my 16.5" *baby* saddle.....

I've ridden in many, many too-big saddles. Simply because I am tiny to the point where most of my tack has to be altered or custom-made to be small enough and not many adults have a 16.5" saddle hanging around that fits their horse.

A too big saddle will cause you to slip and slide around a bit. If the saddle is only slightly too big, it's not a huge thing BUT the difference is that when things go to crap, I am very safely, securely seated in my 16.5" and not going anywhere and in anything bigger than a 17", chances are, I am going to be meeting with the ground.

The individual saddle itself can also have an impact on what size you need. My saddle fitter has brought me some 17" saddles that I actually fit very well in, those are few and far-between though since I am so short I am the person that buys "short" length jeans and goes home to whack off another 6".

Speed Racer 10-15-2012 11:52 AM

You're just a tiny little baby lady, is that what you're telling us, Delfi? :-P

I'm 5'1" (and getting shorter every year), and if it weren't for my massive booty, I'd probably fit in a 16.5" too. :oops:

Delfina 10-15-2012 12:21 PM

Yeah, basically! My current trainer met me for the first time in a slightly dim barn and demanded to know my age. As I was standing there caught off-guard and trying to add up the years, she called my previous trainer over, to yell at her, for sending her a child without an adult to sign liability forms! :oops: Considering I am older than my previous trainer..... that made for a good laugh.

Oh and while I've never experienced it, a too-small saddle is worse than a too big one. Nothing like find out that the ONLY saddle in the barn that fits the very green, 5yr old, that had just taken 6+ months off and was now wider than the barn, is child-sized. So since I wasn't about to get on her and it was pointless to buy a saddle to fit her ginormous a$$ when there were at least 3 that would fit once she was in-shape, several much larger people ended up mooshing themselves into my saddle. Boy were they pretty miserable.

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