Now HERE'S a stupid question! Which is too short? The flap or my boot?
Got new saddle. Sorry I waited as long as I did, because holy cow, my horse loves the thing. I thought that the flap was too short for me... but looking at the pictures, I'm actually not sure if the discomfort that I'm feeling is that the flap is too short, or whether trainer and I just think it is because my boots have just seriously dropped (which now that I look at them, they REALLY have done in the last few months) which is creating the visual and tactical illusion that the flap is too short. In other words: I know the boots are too low, but is that the cause of my perception about the flap, or is the flap actually too short?
It would be really weird if the flap were too short (saddle is very similar model to my old one with the same flap configuration) which is why I am second guessing myself...
Most comfortable stirrup length: http://i39.tinypic.com/nnvby8.jpg
One hole up to jump: http://i42.tinypic.com/33ljsjk.jpg
One hole down to flat (too long for use on this horse): http://i43.tinypic.com/2hclpnm.jpg
Just for kicks and giggles, I did a clumsy photoshop job to put my boot back where it belongs to see if that changed my feeling that the flap was too short.
Photo 1 (working length): http://i44.tinypic.com/f0dhsh.jpg
Photo 2 (up one): http://i43.tinypic.com/es6kw4.jpg
Photo 3 (down one): http://i43.tinypic.com/105p4kk.jpg
In pictures, the seat looks too small too, but that's deceiving because that's great as is.
For comparison, different saddle with same flap configuration and same boots 2 months ago. The stirrup leathers are also the same, and they're adjusted to the same length as in the first picture. http://i40.tinypic.com/2ijryab.jpg