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post #1 of 32 Old 02-04-2020, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Male vs female anatomy on saddle fit

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This explains why I HATE the saddle I have that's shaped like the left example.

(Side note, when I saw this in the sidebar I thought I was clicking on a joke that was posted in the Saloon)

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This explains why I HATE the saddle I have that's shaped like the left example.
Me too! I ride western but I HATE saddles have a straight rise right in the crotch! I figured they must fit SOMEONE so figured it must be because I'm overweight. So I guess that solves that!

I like a western saddle that has a little dish to it, like 2nd dressage saddle example.

I had an endurance saddle with straight sloped seat and it felt like I was riding a fence rail. It sucked big time!

I think it's really interesting that men have two points of contact and women have three. I am a woman and I definitely have 3. It never occurred to me that men would be different, other than they have some parts we don't have and they tend to look like they slouch sometimes. I figure the slouch has to do with the tail bone. But I didn't know about the contact points.

Man, it took me YEARS of trial and error to find the type of saddle seat I like. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was some education about what to look for before we went saddle shopping? That would have been really nice. This is what I like in a western saddle, note there is a little dish to the seat. I have other saddles I like, but this one is about perfect for my shape:
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I haven't ridden enough, hardly one, english saddles to know how this would translate to western saddles.

I know what works for me but it depends on what I am doing too.
Most of all I have ridden in quite a bit of combinations of seats, cantles, trees, twists, forks, blah blah blah , it's hard to say what for sure.

One hard and fast rule for me though is a wide cantle with a lot of dish.
That is a big nope.
I like a narrow cantle that is almost flat. I dont care how tall, shape and roll as long as the degree tilt matches the height correctly. If it is pretty tall it should have a few degrees back.
If it gets wide and has a lot of dish it will eat me.

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Worth noting that this is put out by Schleese Saddlery which markets specifically towards women and making saddles for women. They have a big marketing push to make sure their advertising audience thinks that they need a saddle built for women especially, I've sat a few of their saddles and while theyre decent, I haven't found that the "woman specific" makes any difference in my position- in fact I've ridden mostly wider twist saddles because my pony is a barrel with legs and in order to accommodate the wide gullet needed without effecting the balance, then ride spread legged I must. Then again I'm built like a limp string bean without the typical curves and hips so perhaps it's not quite as impactful on my body type.

I roll my eyes a little at Schleese since they try so hard to convince you that you need a pile of shaping and cush to ride nicely- when really you don't, you need a saddle with a properly placed stirrup bar, and a seat that isn't so bucket shaped that youre locked into a position.
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I used to ride in a Schleese dressage saddle. It wonderful balance, super narrow twist and great contact . . . . .but it KILLED my tailbone. I don't know why, but I could not ride two days in a row if either ride was longer than an hour in the saddle. The seat was hard as a church pew.
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I don't know a thing about Schleese, but it's more the shape being correct than the seat hardness. Because you can have a hard seat in a western saddle and have it be the most comfortable thing in the world.........or completely wrong for your body. I did have a neat old hard-seat western saddle some years ago that was painful to my tailbone. But others are just heaven. My Corriente is somewhere in-between......not as comfortable as my Saddle King (above) but not bad. My main complaint is it doesn't feel as close-contact as I would like. It would be so cool (if a bit embarrassing) if we could do a mold of our bottom for a customized seat.


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I keep wondering if the reason there are so few boys in riding school is the fact that all the instructors I know are women around here. I am sure men and boys need to sit differently to girls and women, especially in the beginning, and ladies who teach never seem to make a distinction.
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They obviously didn't use my husband for the male model because he has skinny bird legs. LOL

Seriously though with his bird legs and no butt he prefers a wider twist and deeper seated saddle (western) than my fluffy lower half prefers. I want a narrow twist, flat seat and low cantle. His saddle makes me feel like I'm doing the splits and claustrophobic. He wanted to switch horses while out on a ride and that lasted about 5 minutes before I was ready to switch back because of the saddle.

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Well, perhaps it is me but I am waaaaaaaay more comfortable with a wide twist. Women have a wider pelvis than men which this doesn't state.

I do know when I was doing serious dressage, that I would come away from lessons bleeding. Once I had a wide twist no problem.
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