Bum size vs saddle size?

Jessey

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A bit personal I know but I'm interested because in my recent saddle switch I went from an 18" flatter seat/wider twist that I could sit in all day to a 17.5" deeper seat/narrower twist saddle that I am really not finding comfortable, it's not hard seat uncomfortable, I just feel like I am shoe horned into it! But saddle seat/size is meant to be based on thigh length not dress size, though perhaps both matter? I am 5'4" and wear a 14-16 at the moment :oops:
 

Trewsers

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I will be interested to read replies on this. Back when I bought a new saddle for Storm, my then YO said it went off the size of a persons rear, and I am sure she told me I'd need an 18 inch one?!!! I was and still am a 12 in jeans - but in all honesty don't know if it does go off rear size?
 

joosie

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In my experience it depends very much on the saddle type and the way it's cut, as well as your preferred stirrup length. I'm a size 8 so fitting my bum in anything bigger than a cub saddle is easy but I do have fairly long thighs in relation to my height (a touch under 5'6") which is probably why I tend to ride with longer stirrups and prefer a more straight-cut saddle. Shorter stirrups do tend to push your bum back in the saddle (regardless of your size) so I think people who prefer to ride short also often need a bigger seat. Generally though I find if I ride in a 17.5 or over I am swimming around in it!
 

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In my experience it depends very much on the saddle type and the way it's cut, as well as your preferred stirrup length. I'm a size 8 so fitting my bum in anything bigger than a cub saddle is easy but I do have fairly long thighs in relation to my height (a touch under 5'6") which is probably why I tend to ride with longer stirrups and prefer a more straight-cut saddle. Shorter stirrups do tend to push your bum back in the saddle (regardless of your size) so I think people who prefer to ride short also often need a bigger seat. Generally though I find if I ride in a 17.5 or over I am swimming around in it!
I ride with a much longer leg than most my height, perhaps I should play with stirrup length and see if that effects it though. Both are dressage saddles :)
 

OwnedbyChanter

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I am the same as @joosie a size eight. but if a saddle is deep seated I can go bigger than a 17 but don't feel comfy. My SJ saddle is very flat its a 17.5 still OK for me even when I raise my stirups.

I do agree that the people I see riding short sit further back in the saddle.

I have read that if the saddle is deep but you feel to big in it you should if your horse can it go up a size.
 
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I’m a 12 but I have an arse like a shelf. I’m only 5ft1 but I can’t take anything less than a 17inch and I have very long thighs and my knees and up over anything slightly straighter cut. I have a very short body (need a child length BP but quite big boobs so body protectors are a night mare!) hence the short height lol.

I’ve sat in an 18jump and an 18dressage and the 18jump I felt like I could slide out of and the 18dressage I felt like I was being pushed upright and my back was hurting.

I’d say it’s the cut :)
 
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newforest

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I have a deep seat but slightly wider twist.
Eta. Forgot to put it's a 17"

I was taught you should be able to place your hand behind you and in front of you. You shouldnt be struggling to get into a position. I have moved mine back an inch and it's amazing what a change that made.
I was sitting too far back because the saddle was itself too far forward.
I wish all my issues were this simple!!

I can actually get my legs round now and she's at her widest. My arse matches hers that's all I am saying. :D:p
 
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newforest

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Somewhere in the Internet abyss is a NR thread called-
" show us yer bum" and I think it was in relation to saddle size and bottom. I remember cos I started it. well who else would;)
 

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I’m the same as @MrC in that I struggle with my leg coming over the front of the flap in many saddles. I’m 5’7” and Raf can only take 17”. When I swapped to my current saddle (which is treeless but the equivalent of a 17”) I found it so much comfier, partly because it’s a jump cut (although not very cut forward for a jump saddle imo) but anyway the flaps accommodate my thighs much better. I love the little working hunter and show saddles but sadly not for me unless I want my legs to dangle, which presents its own problems when trying to give leg aids.

Jack’s saddle is 18 inches and although not a particularly comfortable saddle I always thought my leg position was miles better when I rode him.

Favourite though is the bareback pad, I feel far more secure in this than I do in my saddle with no stirrups. The thigh rolls hold my legs in place and it feels a really nice position. My calves and heels don’t touch Raf’s sides much, but we only wander about in it so it doesn’t really matter.