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Rider Position in Saddle Fitting

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  • Rider Position in Saddle Fitting

    I am trying to gain more understanding of correct rider position when fitting saddles. I am in the middle of saddle hunting for a CC saddle. I really strive to have a correct position over fences in the way that Denny Emerson teaches with a secure leg at the girth. My current saddle is a 16.5 Pessoa that doesn’t fit me or my horse and no matter how hard I try either my leg slips back or it is under my hips. I’ve never felt secure in that saddle. I tried an Ideal Patriot yesterday in 17.5 seat and while it was comfortable I can’t help but wonder if it put me in a chair position. Over fences I was able to achieve a secure feeling with my leg at the girth but on the flat I didn’t feel as secure. Now I wonder if that’s because I need to get used to the leg position or if I’m honestly not secure and it is causing a chair seat. My trainer says I need a forward flap, so I am wondering how that applies to trying to find the right saddle that has me in a correct position. I have a some pictures and a video. I am not asking for a critique on my riding. Just on how the saddle complements or hinders my ability to have a correct position.
    Here is a video of me trying the saddle.
    Last edited by Equestrianette; May. 12, 2019, 08:56 PM.

  • #2
    The saddle looks like it is too low behind, so you have to really climb to get out of the seat. I would also venture a guess and say that the seat itself is too scoopy for you. You would probably like a saddle with a flatter "sweet spot" for your seat bones.


    • #3
      This is not the saddle for you.

      It looks like it's got a pretty short working center that, combined with the angle of the flap, doesn't work for your leg. Your seat is pushed too far back towards the cantle in an effort to align your leg correctly. Imagine putting your stirrups up two holes to go gallop out- you'd have nowhere to sit.

      You could do two things, depending on your measurements. The first is to look for a forward flap saddle as your trainer suggests- which from the photos looks like it could be a good idea as you look like you have a fairly long femur. That will give your leg somewhere to go so you can have your knee in the pocket without pushing your seatbones back towards the cantle. The second is to aim for saddles with a flatter seat, which will have a longer working center compared to a deep-seat model and will give you a little more play to adjust your stirrup length and your position according to the job ahead of you. If you like the deep seat model, you might try sizing up a half size in the seat.
      "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden


      • Original Poster

        Thank you! Exactly the input I was looking for.