Like snowflakes, every bum is unique! You adjust the saddle seat how you like it
Our seat inserts allow the rider to select a shape that fits and supports them in all areas of contact with the saddle seat and to distribute that weight evenly, eliminating pressure points and find a neutral pelvis position. The ability to adjust your saddle seat, and ultimately your riding posture, with a thin shim pad, keeps you in sync with the movement of your horse.
Adjustable fenders can be positioned forward or back allowing the rider to place their legs in a more forward or back position for optimal balance in the saddle. Keeping in sync with your horse’s movement in a balanced and relaxed frame is difficult if your stirrups are out of position.
Positioning the shims and fenders will allow the rider to find their ultimate points of balance and comfort. Not being distracted by either of these factors will allow the rider to focus on their task and not the equipment – another step toward ultimate performance.
How to Adjust
First, remove the screws on the front of the saddle jockeys so you can lift up the saddle seat to access the adjustable shims and fender/stirrup straps. If your saddle seat length is short you may have to remove the screws on the back of the jockeys as well in order to move the seat shims./
Remember that you can adjust both the seat and fenders, so you will have to play with the 2 components to find the perfect combination.
Sitting in your saddle on a saddle stand will not feel the same as sitting in your saddle on your horse. You have to fit it on your horse.
The fenders are held in place with industrial strength, unbroken loop (UBL), generally known as Velcro. (This UBL is rated at 1000 which means it can be pulled apart a minimum of 1000 times before it will start to break down.) A 4” piece of loop is attached to the tree and a corresponding 2” is attached to the adjusting strap. This allows a variance of a 3” placement of the fenders/stirrups.
Note that there is a line of stitching that marks the top centerline of the stirrup straps. Whenever you move your stirrups forward or back, ensure that you place this stitching line in the center of your saddle.
To reposition the fenders, find the tab under the strap where it is attached and wrapped a little ways under the tree. Lift the tab and pull up. Do this on both sides.
Try riding with the UBL in different positions to see how it feels. If you are falling forward try moving the fenders/stirrups forward. Ask someone to observe the alignment of your heel, hip and shoulder.
Easy Fit saddle shims are made of foam which provides a great combination of comfort and support; they are not hard or subject to freezing./
The shims can be adjusted forward or back under the saddle seat to give you a balanced position. Wider or narrower shims affect the twist of the saddle (when viewed from above, the narrowest part of the saddle behind the pommel).
Moving the shim forward allows your seat bones to be in more of a pocket. Your pelvis will tip slightly backward. Moving the shim into the back of the seat will cause your pelvis to tip forward. Everyone is shaped differently so you have to find the position that most suits you. If you are feeling like you are being tipped forward, try moving the shim forward. It will take a little trial and error to find what is comfortable for you. Ask someone to observe the alignment of your heel, hip and shoulder.
We have found that virtually all women prefer the narrower shim. It just has to do with the way women are built. (See our “Built for Women” section). With men, the choice of narrow versus wide twist is not as clear so men should try riding with both and see which they prefer.
Particularly small women or women with hip problems can try a slightly thicker shim (even ½ cm) which will lift their pelvis enough to make the twist feel narrower.
When you get to the point of feeling like you have everything fitting right, try heading out for a little trail ride, stopping to make changes if necessary. If you have been riding in another saddle for years it may take a while to get used to the different feel. If you are a woman maybe you’ve ridden in a wide saddle that forced you to turn out your knees and toes or maybe the stirrups were positioned so far forward that you couldn’t get your legs under you. These are things you can change now and once you get used to it, you’re going to love it!