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post #1 of 5 Old 12-12-2013, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Too small saddle / lesson horses

So I am looking for input on a problem I am having. I recently got back into riding after a few years hiatus, but I've ridden about 20 years overall. Since I sold my horse + tack a few years ago, I am now taking lessons at a barn where riders rarely ride the same horse week to week. My problem is this: all of the saddles the barn has are very small, for child riders or smaaall adults. I am 5'8" and am by no means child sized! :) I have been experiencing a lot of discomfort from riding that I am not sure is just from unused riding muscles getting a butt kicking. I can feel myself adjusting my seat in contorted ways due to the way too small saddles. Normally, I would never think about buying a saddle unless I was buying it to fit MY horse, but I'm worried that the saddles I'm using are going to cause me to develop bad posture and pain. (like this searing pain through my outer ankles...) In a perfect world, the barn would have specific saddles to each horse, but they don't, so I'm wondering if I should go ahead and get my own saddle. Has anyone been in this situation or have any tips? I don't want to cause back issues for the horses I'm riding by putting an ill fitting saddle on them, but I also don't want to cause myself issues from the too small saddles!
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-12-2013, 01:24 PM
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I would find another barn to ride at, any barn worth their salt will have saddles that fit all horses and riders (with some exceptions, like extremely tall or overweight people). I personally would never buy a saddle for a lesson horse. Riding in a too small saddle will affect your equitation, it's much better to ride in a well fitting one, or one that's slightly too large than to ride in one that's too small.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-12-2013, 01:38 PM
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Find another barn to ride at, period!

If the barn thinks so little of their students comfort, safety and learning correctly to not have multiple size appropriate and safe saddles for their mounts and students to choose from... do you seriously want to ride their?

I would not!

You as a student should not be purchasing a saddle to ride a lesson horse. In fact, many barns will not allow you to use your own personal saddles on their horses to ensure correct fit, safe tree and your own safety being foremost on their agenda.
Even school-horse lease horses usually have tack supplied for the same reasons...
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-12-2013, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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I did do some looking around for barns that do that, but the few that do charge an arm and a leg for lessons. I've got discounted lessons at this barn through the school I'm at, and as a grad student I can't really afford super expensive lessons. Some of the prices would equal the cost of a pretty nice saddle in just a few months.
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If this barn isn't concerned for the comfort of the student they probably don't care about the fit of the saddle for the horse either.
To my way of thinking you'd be better off riding bareback. At least you'd learn balance.
I'd think that fewer lessons at a better barn would be a benefit. The cost might be higher but the quality would be far superior.

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