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post #1 of 5 Old 08-13-2014, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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How does rider saddle fit alter saddle fit?

Hi!

So I've been riding in an old Wintec Dressage saddle I've had for years since I sold my other saddle to fund things. The fit is okay, even marks, seems to be even pressure and clearance. There are aspects about it that makes me feel it's not perfect, but it's functional and I haven't had a problem with the fit.

However, my boyfriend, a beginner, has started riding my horse. He only does about 15 mins every other day. The saddle is definitely at least an inch too small for him. This means he ends up sitting more on the back curve of the seat rather than balanced in the middle. He's mostly been doing a walk so it's not been bouncing around much, but yesterday my horse seemed a little off and I think it's probably the saddle. I might switch to bareback for a while until I find something more suitable!

Anyway, I've never really thought about it, having had only correctly fitting/sized saddles, but how much does a rider fit affect the saddle fit of the horse? Can a saddle that's too small for a rider make it unusable on a horse?
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Hi!

So I've been riding in an old Wintec Dressage saddle I've had for years since I sold my other saddle to fund things. The fit is okay, even marks, seems to be even pressure and clearance. There are aspects about it that makes me feel it's not perfect, but it's functional and I haven't had a problem with the fit.

However, my boyfriend, a beginner, has started riding my horse. He only does about 15 mins every other day. The saddle is definitely at least an inch too small for him. This means he ends up sitting more on the back curve of the seat rather than balanced in the middle. He's mostly been doing a walk so it's not been bouncing around much, but yesterday my horse seemed a little off and I think it's probably the saddle. I might switch to bareback for a while until I find something more suitable!

Anyway, I've never really thought about it, having had only correctly fitting/sized saddles, but how much does a rider fit affect the saddle fit of the horse? Can a saddle that's too small for a rider make it unusable on a horse?
The short answer is "yes" - the long answer is get the Schleese saddle fitting book. I've had a lot of complex saddle fitting questions and Schleese addresses them all and then some.
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The short answer is "yes" - the long answer is get the Schleese saddle fitting book. I've had a lot of complex saddle fitting questions and Schleese addresses them all and then some.
I'm not the original poster, but I'm interested in reading the book you're referring to. Is it called "Suffering in Silence" by Jochen Schleese? That's the first thing that popped up when I did a search.

Also, do you feel that the book covers more than their website? I've heard they have good articles on there, but I haven't looked through them all yet...
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-14-2014, 02:37 AM
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I have a wonderful example of this.

My best friend sold a lady at our barn her old roping saddle that was too narrow for her mare. The saddle fits the lady's mare very well. The saddle does not fit the lady well at all, but she insists that it does. The lady is also a sub-par rider (EXTREMELY stiff, braces, bounces everywhere at pretty much all gaits).

When my best friend (who the saddle fits perfectly and who is a good, balanced rider) rides the mare, the mare is happy and willing. She is also never sore. When the lady rides in the same saddle, same pad, on the same horse, the horse comes up sore and lame. The lady needs at least a 16" seat, maybe even a 17" (she's right about 6' tall and has large hips and thighs).
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I'm not the original poster, but I'm interested in reading the book you're referring to. Is it called "Suffering in Silence" by Jochen Schleese? That's the first thing that popped up when I did a search.

Also, do you feel that the book covers more than their website? I've heard they have good articles on there, but I haven't looked through them all yet...
Yes, the book definitely covers more than their website. It goes all the way back to thousands of years BC. I've only read 3 chapters so far and I already feel more educated.
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