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Posted - 11/10/2014 :  11:16:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit SaddleExpert's Homepage Send SaddleExpert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
From time to time we get questions like "How do I know if my seat size fits me?"

There's a lot of personal preference involved. Some people like a more snug fit while other want room in the saddle. It also depends a lot on the type of riding you're doing to do.

As a general guideline, we've found that you can get an idea of fit if check how many finger widths you get between your leg and swell. 3 fingers is pretty typical.

Thoughts or questions?

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Posted - 11/14/2014 :  09:50:54 AM  Show Profile Send PaintGal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like a snugger saddle. If there's too much room, I find myself slumping back and sticking my feet way forward.

Karen ~ Trails & Joe Paint Gelding Paoli, IN
"My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sun and neigh in the night." ~~~~~~
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Posted - 11/19/2014 :  08:42:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit SaddleExpert's Homepage Send SaddleExpert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Do you like to ride with a higher cantle? Or a lower one?

I think that can make a big difference too in the feel of the seat.
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Red Hawk

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Posted - 11/20/2014 :  11:48:52 AM  Show Profile Send Red Hawk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't like extra room in the seat to the point that I can't keep my position secure. A lot depends on how the stirrups hangs too as to where a person's rear sits in the saddle due to where the rider's legs must be placed to reach the stirrups. It sure helps when the stirrups hang so my feet are directly below my seat. This keeps me centered and give me a more secure seat.

I prefer a high cantle myself because almost all my riding is on trails. I want a very secure seat for going up and down hills and just in case my horse decides to hop over a creek or a fallen log. A good shaped horn helps in this respect too. One that I can easily fit my hand over in case I need to grab it to stay in the saddle if my horse moves unexpectedly... and if I have enough warning to grab the horn .

"God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses"
--Robert Browning

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
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