Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 6:02
PM Subject: Saddle question!
What a tremendous website. I borrowed a friends Schooling/Training model
Sports Saddle and my back and hip problems from my other two saddles are
non-existent in the SS it seems - is that too good to be true!!!! And
my mare seems to like it too.
is - I have been told that I am too heavy to ride for more than a few
minutes in a treeless saddle. I am about 5'5" and weigh about 167.
Just can't drop that 20 lbs from quitting smoking! My thigh measurement
at the largest point is about 25 1/2 " (e-gads!!!!). So, I thought
I would use a 16-17" saddle. True?
working on Level 2 in Parelli Natural horsemanship and mainly ride for
pleasure. I took a pretty bad spill about 1 1/2 years ago. So, my confidence
and seat isn't what it used to be. I was looking at the Basic Trail, Barrel
and Schooling/Training Styles.
sold a 17" Wintec Cordura Western Saddle and I liked the way the
seat fit. Can a horn be added to the S/T or will the high-ish pommel make
me feel secure? My friend's Sports Saddle, the one that I borrowed, is
a 15 1/2" youth cut and it felt snug but still good. Just think how
I would like what really fit me !!!!
way, my Quarter horse mare is 15.1 hh and right at 1150#'s, very stout.
PM 8/27/2002, you wrote:
for the compliment on the website and the good word about how well the
SS worked for you.
No, your weight is NOT a problem. Many, at least half, of our customers
are 175 pounds and over, especially the men. The SS has worked very well
for people in this weight range. And I am not at all concerned about your
saddle is a very appropriate saddle for riders over 150 pounds. Now, if
you were 250 lbs I would start to get a little concerned for a few reasons
but mostly because some people that weight are not riding horses sized
correctly for them.
are riding horses sized correctly and in that case the SS can work out
well for them too. Many women and certainly a majority of men are in the
class you mentioned and their horses are getting along very well.
seat size should be a 17 or even a 17 1/2". Possibly an 18"
but I would need to talk with you a little more about that. The S/T saddle
provides a very secure seat and it is all suede which provides additional
seat security. So call when you can and I will help you select the right
Have a nice day,
First Choice Sport Saddle
Tel. 614 837-7299