What happens if your saddle is too big for you?

A saddle that is too big will cause the rider to move around too much in the saddle, making you insecure and ineffective, as well as encouraging a chair seat as your seat bones slide back towards the centre of the saddle and your knees forward to the blocks, Poppy cautions.

How do you tell if your saddle is too big for you?

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How should my saddle fit me?

General Rules to Follow – Your rump should rest on the base of the cantle, but should not be pressed against the back of the cantle. Some prefer a tighter fit, some looser. In general, it’s better to have a saddle a smidgen too big than a smidgen too small. (A smaller saddle may cause uncomfortable chafing.)

Is a wider saddle better?

Wider saddles tend to be more comfortable so are good for long rides or leisurely riders where extra weight from more materials isn’t an issue. Thinner saddles tend to be better for short efforts – such as racing – where comfort isn’t dispensed with entirely but is compromised in favour of other factors.

Can a saddle be too wide?

The saddle that is too wide is not such a common occurrence but nevertheless is to be avoided. If the pommel sits down lower than two fingers height from the withers, the saddle will more than likely be tipped forward out of balance.

How should a saddle look on a horse?

Take a look at the saddle on the horse. You should be able to stick two of your fingers between the saddle gullet and your horse’s withers. The saddle should have even contact along both sides of the bars. After girthing up, your saddle should look even on the horse’s back, not tipping up or drooping down.

How do you tell if your saddle doesn’t fit you?

  1. Avoidance behaviours – trying to walk away when being tacked up.
  2. Ears back/head shaking when saddle comes close by.
  3. Excessive tail swishing both in the stable and when ridden.
  4. Pawing the ground.
  5. Threatening to bite you when you come close with the saddle.

Is my saddle hurting my horse?

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What happens if a saddle doesnt fit?

A saddle which does not fit correctly may cause discomfort by putting pressure on your horse’s back, causing him to buck during a ride. While bucking can also be a training issue, you should rule out a badly fitted saddle.

Is an 18 inch saddle too big?

English seat sizes for all-purpose saddles are generally noted as follows: Seat sizes 15 to 17 inches — Best for junior riders or smaller adults. Seat sizes 17 and 17.5 inches — Most popular size for average height and weight adults. Seat sizes 18 and 19 inches — Best for larger adult riders or tall riders.

How long should my saddle be?

In between the last rib and the hip are the kidneys and other soft tissue. If an English saddle extends into this area it can cause problems, especially if the rider sits heavy to the back of the saddle. So when talking about the length of an English saddle it should not go past the last rib.

How do you determine what size saddle you need?

It’s easy to measure a western saddle’s seat size. Use a retractable tape measure. Start the tape measure behind the swell and stretch it across the seat to the front of the cantle. That measurement is the seat size.


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