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post #51 of 102 Old 03-01-2013, 09:49 AM
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What I have always told people about riding is.

When you get done riding and your knees hart your stirrups are too short.
when you get done riding and your butt harts your stirrups are to long.
when you get done riding and they both hart your stirrups are just right :0 :)

Sorry I couldn't help it. Really I would know where to start other then to say the saddles you have ridden in do not fit you.
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post #52 of 102 Old 03-01-2013, 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by franknbeans View Post
THere are actually an increasing number with narrow twist, and I have personally felt the difference when I bought a used Leddy (custom made in the 70's for a woman). I could not sit in it. I felt like I was on t=some stretching torture device.

However, it is very hard on a budget to find a narrow twist. They tend to be newer, at least from what I have found, and the really good makes (like Bob's), although Crates makes a really nice lady reiner-but even that used is about $8-900.
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post #53 of 102 Old 03-01-2013, 10:04 AM
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^^ Me too! Now that I have one (with a narrow twist) I will NEVER have anything else!
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post #54 of 102 Old 03-05-2013, 07:01 PM
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You probably riding in "mens saddles?" maybe try looking for a womans. I ride western and not all western saddles are comfortable. Just have to find one you like. Im sure the same goes for english

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post #55 of 102 Old 03-11-2013, 02:48 PM
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You are in a chair seat in this picture, which could account for this.

And could be you are not giving with horse's motion too, and tensing?

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post #56 of 102 Old 03-11-2013, 08:29 PM
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When i started riding, i would only ride in english saddles and i was comfortable, my coach made me switch to western riding and i could only find bad things to say, i hated it, the seat was so uncomfortable, i did not like the stirrups either, tacking up was awful and so on. I started to get used to a bighorn western saddle and it was ok but now i own a western rawhide saddle and wow it's so comfy! Not too long a go i sat on a different saddle that was too big for me and ouch it hurt like hell... Now im so used to ride in my western that when i sit in an english saddle my butt gets sore! So really, it's just a matter of finding the right saddle that is comfortable for you and your horse and you will get used to it eventually ;)
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Palomine, my "looseness" in the saddle is something everyone I've ridden with comments about. I just kind of instinctually move with the horse.

Joseeandjade, the irony is that I've only ever ridden western (until I got my Aussie saddle).
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post #58 of 102 Old 03-11-2013, 10:03 PM
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Hehe i'm glad to hear you found a good saddle that works!! ;)
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post #59 of 102 Old 03-11-2013, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum View Post
A high cantle like on a wade? I haven't, that I can recall.

This is the saddle I'm hopefully going to buy. While it wasn't as comfortable as my Aussie, it wasn't exactly uncomfortable, either (I sat on it on the rack).
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i have had issues with my butt bones (and i too have padding) and also my knees would hurt so bad when i got off i couldnt stand..last year i bought a custom made saddle from our local tack store. it has 5" cantle with a high back, almost like a ropping sadle. it also has the stirrups pre-turned...its like a dang recliner lol. i love love love it!!! it is not light however and just a touch big for me not sloppy but more room i think is better..it's roughed out not that that matters i dont think but maybe..

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post #60 of 102 Old 03-20-2013, 12:31 PM
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Every saddle I have tried had been pretty comfy to me. I have a super bony behind too. I have no idea - maybe you are just more sensitive?

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