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  • What saddle seat size do you ride in?

    What saddle seat size do you ride in?

    Looking for a new saddle, because (ARGH!) my trainer was right... The AP saddle I love so much exacerbates my right leg curling issue.

    I am a non-leggy 5'4" and ride in a 17.5" seat. Yes, I have been described as "a white girl with a booty" from time to time - nothing as dramatic as J.Lo or Kardashian. Since I am looking for a nice used saddle, I would love to hear what size jump saddle size works for others to increase my search options.

    (Would love a Black Country Quantum or Ricochet since I know they would work well for my TB, but those don't come up used very often.)

    Thanks All for sharing!

  • #2
    It really depends on the style of the saddle. A flatter, more open seat you may be comfortable in a 17".

    I'm just under 5'7" and ride in a 17" saddle. I'm a pants size 8/10 (29" waist) if that helps.


    • #3
      5'2" and ride in a 17" Schleese. Lets just say one time walking across a parking lot I had a guy stop his car...go 'h*ll no j-lo'....follow me into the store and give me his number. Husband still loves that story...


      • #4
        I am 5'5" and ride in an 18 inch saddle. I don't really have much of a booty (I mean it's wide but it doesn't pop..lol). However, I am a bit long from hip to knee so it works very well for me.


        • #5
          I'm 5'4" also but have a rather long femur. I ride in an 18" Amerigo monoflap. I could probably get away with a 17.5", but as an eventer I enjoy having a little bit of wiggle room to move around. There's nothing I hate worse than feeling "locked in" to a jump saddle. I love love love my Amerigo. It's super comfy, puts my leg in a great place, and fits my horse beautifully. I'm not sure how your horse is built, but they might be worth looking at. I see the dual flap Amerigo's come up for sale used quite often. My trainer has one as well and it seems to fit everything she puts it on.


          • #6
            I'm like you... 5'4", short legs and a bootie. I'm comfortable and balanced in a 17 or 17.5, depending on the build of the saddle, and never need anything beyond a standard flap (and some of those are still too forward for me). One thing I find *very* important is the twist... too wide and I just can't sit comfortably.

            Also sent you a PM.
            Patience pays.


            • #7
              I'm 5'11.5" w/ NO booty and all my height in my legs - I have a med-deep seat AP that's 16.5 (I can't get my stirrups short enough for jumping in it, alas). I briefly had a fwd flap 17.5 close contact w/ a very flat seat that was perfect. And I've ridden happily in a 17 cc w/ a fwd flap sorta "normal" seat depth. It's kind of weird that my deeper seated one has the smallest seat size - normally it's opposite. Anyway, I'd try +/- the .5 sizes from what you have.


              • #8
                Slim 5'8" and have a 17.5" Antares and Bates, both standard flaps, both of which fit me quite well. Though when I was fitted to both saddles (years apart), both reps had me try out the long and forward flaps, but ultimately decided on standard.


                • #9
                  I'm 5'5, and wear a size 26 jean. I ride in a 17" CWD with a forward flap. I don't have terribly long legs, but my leg length seems to be in my femur.


                  • #10
                    5'1 in a 16.5 shallow saddle or 17 if it is a bit deeper.


                    • #11
                      5'2" with plenty of badunkadonk. My friends have called me A.Lo before (not cool at all). My Tad Coffin A5G is a 17" with the appropriate 4 fingers behind, my County Stabilizer is a 16.5 with the appropriate 4 fingers behind. It also depends where the center of balance is in the saddle.


                      • #12
                        5'9 1/4" sorta kinda have an ass (but I'm pudgy right now!!!) and long hip to knee measurement (23", 37" inseam).

                        My tad coffin was a 19", my Black Country Ricochet on order (arrives in 10 days!!! *dances*) is an 18 1/2" with a custom forward flap. I tried both an 18" Wexford/Ricochet hybrid with a custom flap, and a 18" Ricochet through the fitter, the Ricochet was just a bit squished, but I think the standard forward flap was partially to blame. We went up half a size, and copied the flap from the Wexford/Ricochet hybrid (which was pretty freaking forward).


                        • #13
                          I'm 5' and feel most comfortable in a 16.5. I do have a big butt too, but I think saddle size has more to do with femur length than how much junk is in the trunk. With bigger saddle, the flap is too long/forward and knee ends up not even on the flap!


                          • #14
                            5'1, fatter than I'd like, and I ride in a 17" fairly flat seat jump saddle. I have a long leg for my height and this puts my knee where I want it to be.
                            Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                            you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.


                            • #15
                              I'm 5'11 and have a long upper leg. I ride in a 17.5" AP saddle. I can get my stirrups short enough to jump 3' comfortably but my knee would be off the front if they went any shorter. If I were to buy an actual jumping saddle I'd probably go for an 18" with a forward.


                              • #16
                                Generally it's based on the length of thigh/femur than seat but then some adjustments have to be made. A person might need a larger seat and shorter flap or smaller seat and longer flap.. and then different saddles might vary some in size.. for someone who's about 5'3 - 5'5 and average build would be 16.5 - 17


                                • #17
                                  5'4, short legs, and a flat Beval Devon without knee rolls or blocks. 16.5
                                  The best sports bras for riders are Anita 5527 and Panache! Size UP in Anita, down in Panache (UK sizing)


                                  • #18
                                    I'm 6 foot, 145 lbs and ride in a 17.5 saddle.


                                    • #19
                                      5'9", 140lbs, no butt to speak of, long femur. 17.5" seat with a long and forward flap.


                                      • #20
                                        I'm 5'8" and ride in a 17.5 (extra long, extra forward) Prestige Meredith. I have as long of a femur as my 6'4" husband. I'm all legs.

                                        This baby got back--like I make J-Lo and the others you mentioned look flat behind. I wear a 30" jean.
                                        DIY Journey of Remodeling the Farmette: http://weownblackacre.blogspot.com/