Saddle fit help please (Fitting my butt!)
Ok, so the great deal on the Stubben Saddle I found on Ebay was too good to be true (like everything else in my horse life lol). I'm not that concerned because it was a cheap investment, and I knew that buying on ebay was a risky thing to do. It's a GORGEOUS saddle, BRILLIANT condition, but it was listed as 17" and it's measuring to be more of an 18". I am 5"7 (almost) and about 120 lbs, but I am wondering if there is any way this 18" would work. I am attaching pictures of myself sitting in the saddle, even though it is not properly balanced on the couch as it would be on a horses back. There is about two or three fingers more than the width of my hand on the cantle when I am sitting in it, which I know means it's too big.
Should I look into reselling it, or do you think it fits ok enough to ride in? I've never really had experience with saddles that are too big. The thing is, I don't have a horse, but I'm pathetically collecting tack for a future horse. I just can't have a horse right now for a lot of reasons but that's what I want more than anything, so the second I am able to have a horse, I will probably have enough tack to be ready for him! I'm on a college equestrian team and the horses don't have specific saddles, so I can use this on the team's horses if it fits any of them properly. It's a Medium/Medium-wide gullet width. I'm trying to decide if the 18" would be ridiculously large or if it would be fine for now.
Sorry that got longer than I was expecting, but thanks for help in advance!
Breathe... I think you'll be OK. It's not ridiculously large.
Sorry none of us warned you. Most people on eBay measure wrong. They measure straight across the top of the saddle instead of from the pommel nailhead to the cantle center. That typically gives a measurement that's 1" - 1.5" shorter than actual size.
Given your build, which is very similar to mine when I was your age, a 17.5" would probably be perfect for you. At 43, I'm 5'9" and 140 pounds, and I use a 17.5" in a Stubben.
When I was in college, I was still 5'9", but more like 118 pounds, and I still used a 17.5" Stubben due to my legs.
Looking at your butt: yes, you could use a 1/2 size smaller. You should have about 4 finger-widths in front of and behind you, and you probably have more like 5 fingers.
Looking at your leg: pretty darned good. Your knee is where it should be on the flap. Your heel is nicely underneath your hip. The stirrup bar does not seem to be too far forward for you.
How do you feel? this is a better fit than I see on most people. Put it on the horse. How does it feel? Do you feel secure? Do you feel balanced? If so, then no problem.
I hate to tell you this, but as someone who was built like you at your age... you probably aren't going to look like that forever. If you want to keep this saddle for a long time, you might not mind having that extra space for the... ummmm.... butt.
I would rather have that fit with a Stubben than a better fit with a lesser-quality saddle.
If it feels good use it. Ride baby ride!
PHEW! I can't tell you how relieved I feel to hear that. It's kind of pathetic, but I have been trying to eat more just to gain weight in my butt to fit the saddle! xD I won't try to resell it quick, I'll wait to actually try it on a horse to decide whether or not I want to keep it. I know I won't look like this forever, and that's definitely something else I've thought of and planned on. I don't think I'm growing any taller at this point! I think at this price and for this good of a saddle it's worth hanging on to, the value won't go down anytime in the near future! Thank you thank you thank you
I don't think it looks too much off. Years back, I would sometimes ride in my husband's saddle, & it was bigger than mine, but it was so well made & balanced, that I actually preferred it when on a horse that was prone to acting up a bit. I think you got a great buy & the value is there.
It doesn't look too oversized to me. I'm only 5'1" and I rode a 17" Stubben AP. (Never could find a used 16.5" lol) As long as you feel you get enough support from the seat/cantle, it's probably going to work. But if you are sliding forward and back in the seat, then probably that particular seat is too big. If it's just for schooling, and you can get away with a seat cover, The Other Seat suede seat cover would give you some "stick."
The relationship of thigh/stirrup leather / knee / knee roll looks good. If the seat is too large, then maybe look at a cc with a forward flap but a snugger fit in the seat.
When I still rode English, I preferred a slightly larger saddle than I needed so that I had room to move with the horse. To this day I hate feeling 'locked' into a saddle and unable to make adjustments in my seat.
If you take good care of that saddle, it's good enough quality that if you find you just don't like the fit when you ride or just don't feel right, you can re-sell it easily.
Thanks everyone :) I really appreciate the comments!
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