Saddles for short stumpy legs?

Discussion in 'Tack & Equipment' started by Ambrose, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. Ambrose

    Ambrose Senior Member+

    Oct 22, 2009
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    So I'm short.

    I'm 5'1" on a good day and I don't have very long legs at all. Most of the time it's murder trying to take out a trail ride at the stables where I work since many of the saddles just don't let the stirrups raise as high as I need. My bum and thighs aren't HUGE, but a kid's saddle ain't gonna do the trick, I don't think.

    I prefer riding in an English saddle anyway and I love my dressage saddle, but really it was not made for someone as short as me. My knees aren't in the right spot on the flaps since my thighs aren't long enough! It's hard to get in a good comfy position for long distance. A few rides a day is fine, but I can tell that my knees are not gonna be happy when I'm spending several hours a day in the wrong position. Plus I know I'm not as balanced as I could be, and I really want an excellent seat on the trails. Ugh. :no:

    What can I do about this? The knee rolls in my saddle could use being restuffed, so could it be done in such a way that it's not fudging up my position - change up the position of the filling or something? Would this be exorbitantly expensive? Heck, is this issue even fixable at all without buying a new saddle?

    Please help short little me. :rolleyez:

  2. FallenAngel

    FallenAngel Senior Member+

    Jul 27, 2006
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    I was totaly about to post a similar thread! I have this problem to! Grr being short! lol
  3. BayHorseLuv

    BayHorseLuv Senior Member

    Nov 18, 2007
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    Hey im in the same boat is you. I'm also 5'1 w/ short legs. I recommend a wintec cc or another saddle with a 13.5 inch or 14 inch jumping saddle. Stubben's and other all purpose saddles, and 15 inch flaps(pessoas) etc, I look hideous in. Look at brands that have short flaps. I believe ovations, hdrs, and over saddles all have at least a 15 flap which is too long. Look at brands like wintec, tad coffin, beval, or courbette's.
  4. luvs2ride79

    luvs2ride79 Senior Member+

    Aug 3, 2004
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    You might try to find a saddle fitter that does repair, or a tack shop that has a repair person on staff (for English saddles) and get their opinion. You might be able ot have the flaps shortened, but if their padded flaps, you're looking at a costly fix. I got quotes ranging from $175 to $300 to put new padded areas on existing flaps...

    Replacing or repositioning knee rolls isn't going to be cheap either. But, I would still get a quote from a good saddle repair person on having it done.

    Then, take that quote, and see how it compares to getting a new semi-custom saddle. Most saddle manufacturers will do semi-custom work. You just have to wait 4-12 weeks for your saddle, depending on where it comes from. I posted to a girl with a similar problem on horseforums, and suggested a 17-17.5" seat with "youth" flaps. Youth or kids English saddles will have a shorter flap with the knee roll properly positioned for your shorter legs, but you need a seat size big enough for your bum...

    I know Stubben and Courbette will do semi-customs. Courbette's Magic line of saddles isn't outragously priced. For more affordable options, you might try HDR or Ovation. Contact a tack shop that deals in these saddles, and have them contact the manufacturer.

    If you want a more secure trail saddle, talk to Kevin at Southern Trails. I'm sure he can have youth fenders put on any of his models. His courdura saddles won't break the bank either ;).
  5. FrostyFilly

    FrostyFilly Full Member

    Nov 28, 2009
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    I rode in a Courbette Alpina for a while. I think it was the only saddle that didn't make my leg look like a stump.
  6. Tack Collector

    Tack Collector Senior Member+

    Feb 12, 2008
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  7. hamerface

    hamerface Senior Member+

    Jun 30, 2009
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    Yes. I have one, I could post photos of my 27" inseam in this saddle if that helps (5ft)
    Its not perfect, but it is significantly better than most.
    Scandica DL though, I do believe there is a longer flap Scandica available as well. Or was.
  8. xoxchickletxox

    xoxchickletxox Senior Member

    Aug 8, 2010
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    did you ever find a saddle? iv tried ALLOT of saddles and had no luck :rolleyez: Wintecs are to long, Crosby is to long, and stubben jumper saddles are also to long! actually been thinking of getting a full tree excercise saddle... but my mare has fat withers lol:blushing:
  9. ThePegasus007

    ThePegasus007 Full Member

    Dec 11, 2012
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  10. Simon Says

    Simon Says Senior Member+

    Jul 22, 2004
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    I am 4'11" and have hardly any leg. I had to search high and low to find a saddle that would fit me. I ended up getting 2 custom schleese saddles for short legs!!! Worth every penny

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