Riding in a saddle that's too big?
I bought a used Smith Worthington Elite a few weeks ago. It was an amazing deal on ebay, and since the tree can be adjusted, I thought it was worth a shot.
So, saddle arrives, looks it's in great shape, just needs a little TLC. I clean, ledersbalm, and head off on vacation. Today, I did the wither tracings and a short ride (they want a sweaty saddle pad) so I can send it off to have the tree adjusted.
Well, I realize the saddle feels a bit big, and measure it. Sure enough, it's not the 17.5" it was described as - it's 19.5"!
Now, I'm 5'6", 30" inseam. I've been riding in a 17", which is a hair tight, and most of the saddles I've ridden in that fit me well are 17.5" or 18" depending on the style/model.
BUT... I already LOVE this saddle. Rode in it for 15 minutes and went WOW! Put me right in position, and even with a not-quite-right fit on my horse, it was very stable. And the buffalo leather is yummy!
So, anyone ridden in a too-big saddle? Does it mess with your position, or do have any difficulties with a larger saddle fitting your horse? Should I just forget about it and find something that's a better fit?
I can't return this, but I'm pretty sure I can sell it for at least what I paid, so I'm not overly concerned about getting my money back on it if necessary. However, I'm probably not going to be able to swing a new saddle in this model for a while - they're over $3K new.
Thoughts and advice welcome and appreciated!