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    Question Better to have a saddle too big or too small?

    If you couldn't get a saddle your size, would you rather have it too big or too small? Why?

    EDIT:: This is not my situation... but I just wanted to know what people thought in case it ever becomes my situation.

    And let's say you weren't going to grow into the seat.
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    I would rather have it too big, you can always "pad" the seat to make it smaller
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    too big b/c u can grow and pad the seat until you do and a small saddle wont grow w/ you

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    With a small saddle, you often are sitting on the back. This causes alot of pushing into one spot on the horse's back. Your weight is not dispursed - it can cause the horse ALOT of back problems. So go for the bigger!

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    If your saddle is too small you are squinched up between the pommel and cantle (or, like me, you lop over the back ) and it's very uncomfortable besides being almost impossible to sit properly. In one that's too big, at least you can find the right spot to sit in to be in balance with your horse, even if it means your knees aren't on the right place on the flaps or something like that. And yes, you can always add a fleece seat cover or a similar thing to take up some of the slack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonto4me View Post
    I would rather have it too big, you can always "pad" the seat to make it smaller
    Ditto, but "way too big" is not a good thing, either...your seat and leg position will be shifted too far to have good balance.

    I went this way when I bought my younger daughter her saddle not long ago (when you were selling the Cyn)...she can ride comfortably in a 15" saddle, but is growing very quickly. While 16" was an option, the 16.5" will last her a lot longer, if not indefinitely if she stays slim as I suspect she well. She's pretty comfortable in it, too, despite having a little extra space right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_in_PA View Post
    Ditto, but "way too big" is not a good thing, either...your seat and leg position will be shifted too far to have good balance.

    I went this way when I bought my younger daughter her saddle not long ago (when you were selling the Cyn)...she can ride comfortably in a 15" saddle, but is growing very quickly. While 16" was an option, the 16.5" will last her a lot longer, if not indefinitely if she stays slim as I suspect she well. She's pretty comfortable in it, too, despite having a little extra space right now.
    Yeah. I wouldn't want it way too big.

    This thing is, I want to buy a Wintec CC and hear that the sizes fit 1/2 size bigger than they're labeled. I do plan on going to the big tack shop in NH to sit on one for comparison, but you never know what will happen.

    And lol, it's funny, I'm still selling that saddle. The lady who bought it told us she really needed a 17.5" saddle instead of 16" (how do you amke that mistake?) and the whole thing's been a paypal/ebay disaster. But no matter, as long as I get it sold to somebody sometime it doesn't matter to me.
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    Don't forget it's not just the seat size. The twist, flaps, etc., all need to be comfortable for you.

    During Adult Horse Camp two weeks ago, Professor Dr SWMBO (my wife) rode in my 19" Thornhill Berlin one day, which is incredibly comfortable for me. I rode in the largest lesson saddle at the barn...a no-name with about an 18 1/2" seat. Back to front was just fine, but I felt like I had a giant redwood log between my legs, the twist was so wide. I felt very out of balance and that was compounded by the fact that I was on a very narrow horse that day. (The Professor was on Elvis) Not only did I feel insecure, I couldn't get my leg on properly with that saddle.

    So absolutely sit in any saddle you are considering if it is at all possible. I hear that the Wintecs are somewhat comfortable, but only your butt and legs are going to confirm that for "you".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_in_PA View Post
    Don't forget it's not just the seat size. The twist, flaps, etc., all need to be comfortable for you.

    During Adult Horse Camp two weeks ago, Professor Dr SWMBO (my wife) rode in my 19" Thornhill Berlin one day, which is incredibly comfortable for me. I rode in the largest lesson saddle at the barn...a no-name with about an 18 1/2" seat. Back to front was just fine, but I felt like I had a giant redwood log between my legs, the twist was so wide. I felt very out of balance and that was compounded by the fact that I was on a very narrow horse that day. (The Professor was on Elvis) Not only did I feel insecure, I couldn't get my leg on properly with that saddle.

    So absolutely sit in any saddle you are considering if it is at all possible. I hear that the Wintecs are somewhat comfortable, but only your butt and legs are going to confirm that for "you".
    Thanks. I'll definately sit in it then. It's really the only thing I can afford, but I've also heard that it's comfy. I was thinking that If the flaps are too short in one size, I'll go up 1/2 a size or something and see if that would work. And if I can ever board Crayon where I really want to... there's a reservoir and cool trails. I bet I could take her swimming.
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    Flaps too short refers to the length. Short, regular, long - length.

    It's the forwardness of the flap you may be referring to, as that can be managed, sometimes, with a next size bigger seat - moves your whole body back, therefore allowing more room for your thigh.

    I voted "bigger", but as with everything, there's a point where too big is just as bad as too small. A too-small seat leads to all sorts of issues, as already mentioned. But again, it's also a matter of degree. I CAN ride in a 16.5" without being squeezed, but it really needs to be a 17", and 17.5" in some models. I'm in an 18" dressage saddle right now. Yep, it's too big, really need a 17.5", but I'm not a "slider", and the deeper seat helps the issue as well.
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