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post #11 of 13 Old 12-09-2014, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Saskia View Post
It seems strange to me that the riding school would let students use their own saddles, given that they are not fitted to the horse. I wouldn't recommend it, even if it fits a range of horses, you will probably find that your time isn't so much spend adjusting to the different saddles, but adjusting to the different horses.
Those student may be riding one particular horse most of the time and the saddle fits that horse. I don't see the problem in letting a student use their own personal saddle provided the trainer confirms fit before allowing them to ride. That does get very tricky if you're not riding the same horse (or horses with similar backs) during each lesson.

As others have said, I would definitely hold off on purchasing a saddle until you are riding one horse consistently. Either you find a horse to lease/buy or you start riding the same lesson horse every week. Riding a wide variety of horses in lessons is a fantastic way to learn, but if you can afford it and are interested in more riding time then perhaps see if one of the lesson horses you like is available for a half lease? More saddle time can really speed up your learning. Then I would suggest looking into buying a saddle to fit both you and that horse if its saddle doesn't suit you.

On the note of getting used to the saddles each lesson... do the saddles generally fit you? If they do fit you and they're just different styles that you're getting used to then that can help your riding. It's a good skill to have to be able to jump into a new saddle and not feel really unconfortable because it's different. On the other hand, if the saddle does not fit you at all then you're going to struggle with your positioning and riding. Say you're a rather large person riding in a kid's 16" saddle. You aren't afforded any wiggle room to find your position. Being crammed into it won't help you learn the aids. If you're a tiny person in an 18" then more often than not you'll be put in a chair seat. That can be a hard habit to break later down the line.
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post #12 of 13 Old 12-09-2014, 11:39 AM
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The saddle I ride in is fitted to the horse and his owner. And the owner is tiny (literally the saddle is probably 16.5-17 and I need at least a 17.5)
I checked when I rode yesterday and I maybe have 2 fingers I can fit between the end of the saddle and myself.
I just deal with it. It's more important that the horse is comfortable her than me.
And I think it does help you be more adjustable as a rider to ride in different saddles that might not fit you the best.

You don't need to buy a saddle.
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post #13 of 13 Old 12-17-2014, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all your replies! I figured it wouldn't make sense to buy a saddle until I actually start leasing a horse. And yes, I'm pretty sure that's what the students are doing who bring their own tack to their lessons. Just wanted to make sure!

I do have to say though that I am absolutely sure that many of the saddles that have been assigned to the horses definitely are not a perfect fit. The saddle belonging to a new horse I rode just last week had about an inch and a half of clearance between the cantle and the saddle pad, and I'm pretty sure that's not supposed to happen...

I do agree that it's good for me to get used to the many different styles and shapes of saddles that they have at the stable where I ride. As annoying as it is to have to adjust my position every week, I'm sure it is helping me. However, while most of the saddles are a good fit for me, there have definitely been some that are just too small. I am tall and though I'm skinny, I do have a very curvy figure, so sometimes it's a struggle to fit into saddles that were probably bought with children and teenage girls in mind. haha :)

It's alright, though. I shall soldier on...

Last edited by treeeeebeard; 12-17-2014 at 04:06 PM. Reason: typo
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