New Saddle, please look
I have a big problem. A few months ago I bought this saddle. It's a Black Country Maelstrom. I love the look of it, I rode in one and it felt fantastic. I have talked to a lot of riders who own the same saddle and they say they would never go back.
Now my problem is this. I have tried it on this one horse and the fit of the saddle was not at all fitting the same way as when I tried it, in the store.By that I mean, it fit the horse fine, but it did not fit ME at all.My knees were barely touching the saddle rolls.
I even had ridden in it on a different horse and it was great (it was a test saddle, not this exact one). I was told by one of the riders in the arena,that the saddle had been put on to far forward on his withers which might have contributed to the saddle not being level and my not being to sit in the saddle properly.
Does the placement look bad to you guys? can it really throw how i fit the saddle that much?
Here is another picture of the same saddle I was riding in, in the photo: http://pic1.picturetrail.com/VOL1105.../271920399.jpg
I have been off riding for 8 months now as I've recovering from a broken pelvis and wrist (from a fall while jumping). The saddle was tried out right before I had hip surgery (I'm only 22). I'm well enough now that I could bring it back and try to sell it on consignment and purchase a fitting saddle for me.
all help and/or advice appreciated.
To me your saddle does look a bit far forward but that could just be me. For endurance we make sure we put our saddles behind the shoulder joint so when a horse is doing a HUGE extended trot the saddle doesn't inhibit the movement of the shoulder.
I don't know if other disiplines put the same emphsis on shoulders being free to move fully like in endurance. :)
I would try the saddle a few more times and slightly different positions and if it still doesn't seem right then you may have to consider getting another new saddle. :)
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