Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Well, it pays to keep an open mind on riding. Lots of things that SEEM wrong work out just fine. On a western saddle, I consider the fenders wrapped in front of my leg as shin guards, but that isn't the case with the 1" english leathers I use with my Aussie-style saddle.
Knee pain has been hard for me to figure out. My western saddle doesn't give my 5'2" daughter any problems, but leaves me whimpering with pain after an hour ride. As a 16" saddle, it ought to fit me better, but there is something that really screws my legs. That didn't happen with an Abetta saddle I used to own.
With the Australian saddle, stirrup length plays a big role, and I don't know why. Shortening them 1-2 holes means I'll be wearing a knee support that night, although I don't feel like I'm putting pressure on my stirrups while riding. Stirrups with a wider base seem to help, but I don't know how that affects my knees...
Riding! There is always something more to figure out!
"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."