Originally Posted by franknbeans
Well......after much searching and having several saddles myself, I have found that only a saddle with a "narrow twist" will work for me. Something to consider, IMO. I bought a used Bob's custom KR reiner (they have the narrow twist, as does the Lady reiner) and I love it. My best friend rides in a Duane Latimer (also a Bobs) but, I have no idea if that tree is a narrow twist also. I can tell you it is really popular among women. I have also ridden in a Continental-it was Ok, no comparison to the Bobs, and I owned both a Custom Leddy (which was GORGEOUS, but made my hips hurt since it was not a narrow twist) and a Rocking R, which, honestly was my first reiner and I really liked it. Good Bob's with the narrow twist (one of the ones I named above) can be hard to find, but they also hold their value. My Rocking R did too. You WILL lose value if you shorten the leathers.....But, at your height, you probably do not have a choice.
Actually-if you call Tony at Cowdog Saddles-he is really helpful and can tell you which ones may work for you.
Thanks for sharing your experience.
I've heard super great thing about Bobs. It sounds like they are worth the extra cash and I might be happiest in the end by going that way.
I hate to shorten the stirrups but I'm not looking at resale value, if I spend that much money on a saddle it's getting buried with me.
but in all honestly I can't be the only short kid riding.
I like your comments about a narrow twist, I never thought about it. I'm a little heavy right now (going 130lbs... I just had my first child and I'm having difficulty getting the weight off
) but when I was riding everyday before I got pregnant I went 96lbs on average. I wonder if I would notice a difference? So far I ride in other saddles and feel fine. Other than 90% of them I have to ride without stirrups or stirrups that are too long.