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post #11 of 89 Old 05-07-2013, 12:35 AM
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the position of the stirrup bar, (the place where the fender wraps around a bar that is a part of the actual tree) has everything to do with how long a leg, and how well under you you can keep it. Too far forward, and you cannot avoid a chair seat, and will find posting really hard to do.

I have found that Crates saddles seem to have good balance, that allows for pretty effortless posting.
Also, Dave Genadak makes saddles that are designed to keep the rider with their leg straight downunder them. In fact, many people who are used to typical western saddles, will find his saddles too "vertical". but once you get used to it, stop bracing into the stirrup and use your core and your seat, they are really wonderful saddles.
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I found Big Horn saddles quite nice, they have that flat seat I prefer over a build up, and I never had trouble keeping my feet under me. Even their cordura saddles are built like that. Let me see if I'll find a pic of mine....
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You should also keep in mind that a "classical" western position is with the feet forward...so, you are not looking for the "normal" for western saddles. Cowpokes needed to ride one handed, for many hours through rough country---so they didn't post the trot-, they also needed to sit "deeper" in the saddle so that when cutting/chasing cows there was less tendency to get too far forward and out of postion(could get dangerous quick); therefore, to do that the feet forward position was/is the "classical" western position.
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The Circle Y "equitation" Arabian saddle we have puts my thighs out in front. It isn't so much where the fenders hang as it is how the seat is shaped. There is a groove in the saddle seat that forces my thighs horizontal. I end up with the same leg position as my daughter...she loves the saddle, I hate it:

But if I had a picture of it sitting on the stand, you would be able to see the groove of the saddle where your thighs must go. The fenders are hung back, but the groove drives your leg position.

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Thank you everyone! Wasn't expecting so many great replies I'll read through more thoroughly later :)
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For what it's worth, my ranch saddle (modified Association tree) put me into the best position of any saddles I've ever ridden.
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as far as what type of saddle I find most comfortable, without being too far forward, I would have to say it's one of my associations....you do sit down in that seat--but it is very comfortable in my opinion--
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I get saddles that allow me to move my legs where I need them to be at any given moment for different things. The straight down equitation seat isn't always appropriate. But, I also agree with CowChick that it is our core that has the greatest impact on position.

Ropinbiker -- I respectfully differ with your assertion that cowboys didn't (and don't post). Always have, at times, and always will.
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i meant they didn't post for hours while checking fence, bringing in the cows, etc...around here we post for maybe a half mile or so, then it's either sit the trot(if the horse has a good one) or push up to a slow lope..so, yes everyone will post some, but posting wasn't done much, and still isn't...
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