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saddle fit question
I hope someone on the alias can help me with
this. I finally figured out my saddle fit problem, but I don't know how to
fix it. The problem is that my mid-thigh area is putting too much pressure
on the edge of my OF panels, and causing the panels to dig into my horse >
producing white hairs. I'm riding with my knees relaxed (not pinching or
gripping), but there's still too much thigh pressure. I rode yesterday
with my hand under my thigh for a bit yesterday to try and feel what was causing
the pressure, and it's definitely my leg. In fact, after I ride I can see
a bump in the saddle leather from the panel under my thigh where my leg
sits. My horse is narrow, and I think that might contribute to the problem
- the same saddle on my husband's wider horse feels like there is less of a
pressure point under my thigh and I can feel he is wider, too.
So I am not sure how to fix the problem. Do I
shorten my stirrups to put more angle in my leg (to open my hip
joint)? Do I buy a saddle with knee rolls to pop my thigh out a little
from my horse? Can I fix it with a special pad that has knee rolls?
I was planning to try a Big Horn and a Sport Saddle, but I am not sure now if
that will solve the problem as both saddles still allow close knee contact with
the horse, which I believe to be the problem.
My old western saddle also broke down eventually in
the same spot - right under the thigh. The tree bars eventually became
uncomfortable enough that I got rid of that saddle.
I have pictures of the saddle rubs and my saddle
And there's one picture of me on my horse
Thanks for ANY help you can give me...
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