The saddle is a supportive structure for a rider or other load which is tied to an animal’s back by a girth. Sidesaddles are made from cotton material and contain a small quantity of leather or plastic.
The facts that need to know before buying a saddle are, is the child tall or short? A saddle can be bought which fits the kid perfectly, and the child can overgrow it as they grow, or it can be purchased of a bigger size so that the child can use it in the future also.
For a child, it’s essential to use a proper format for saddle because he or she is new to learning horseback riding. The kid is just beginning to experience a journey, and it should be done correctly so that he or she can determine it well.
1) A depth of the seat: Some saddles have deep places designed for running. All of these features of the saddles determine the way a seat will fit on the rider and in our case, the child.
The child’s leg length and size of the seat are measured firstly. For this, the child is required to sit on a chair with keeping his or her shoulders, hips, and heels in a straight line.
This will determine the upper leg length and the breadth of the saddle. Place the measuring tape against the middle part of the pommel of the saddle.
Now measuring tape is stretched across the seat of the saddle to the center of the front of the castle. Horseback riding should be a joyful and great experience so all the safety margins should be taken care of.
Usually, saddle for kids not made of good quality, and the seat is not balanced which will disturb the leg position. If the seat size is too small then for a heavyweight child it will become challenging to ride.
If the stirrups are too long for the child, then it can cause difficulty in horseback riding. If the child is quite short, then stirrup helper can be purchased.
Also, bear in mind that the perceived width of your rear end has little to do with the actual bone structure. Good bike shops, and some brands, offer test ride programs so you can try before you buy.
Fiji’s latest saddle incorporates an innovative new construction process and aims to create a custom, fit-to-body feel. We found it provides excellent support and is durable, but the honeycomb design can be hard to clean dirt out of.
As great believers in ‘ saddle comfort is personal’, our Tech Ed gave it a spin and it was love at first sit, gaining a 10/10. The lightweight Fiji Antares R3 saddle provides a great balance of comfort and freedom of movement.
It’s another saddle that technically falls into the male camp, but our female tester found it really comfortable, so don’t rule it out for either sex, especially as there are two widths available. With a wide profile and sizable pressuring releasing cutout, this best suited to those who ride in an aggressive position, or spend a lot of time in the drops.
A short-nosed saddle which might feel a bit strange if the stubby genre is new to you, but we found the design incredibly comfortable. Whatever your riding position, even aggressive on-the-nose styles, this saddle allows you to sit exactly how you wish without any obstruction or lack of comfort.
The length provides plenty of room for a rider to move around, but the width means it won’t suit everyone. Fabric offers low weight saddles, thanks to their unique method of gluing the padding and cover to the base.
A stubby saddle, a lot like the Specialized Power, the Pro Stealth has a wide pressure relief channel that suits riders who like to sit in an aggressive position and stay there. It’s a unisex option that comes in two widths and will suit time trial riders as well as regular roadies.
The rails of a saddle create a frame under the seating area that fits into the clamp at the top of your seat post. Entry-level saddles have steel rails, and the further up the price bar you move, the more you encounter manganese, titanium and carbon.
The reality is that padding deforms and creates more contact, so on longer rides, it can be less comfortable. Thick, soft padding may initially seem like a good idea to alleviate saddle discomfort, but often a squishy saddle will just compress down under the sit bones and push up in the middle, shifting the pressure from you sit-bones to the soft tissue in-between.
Some riders (male and female) ride bare carbon saddles and get along fine. To maximize comfort you should aim to get a saddle that is the right shape for your style of riding and sit bones.
Narrower, flatter saddles such as the Fiji Ariane tend to suit more aggressive riders with a lower position (such as Bradley Wiggins). A slightly wider saddle with a curved profile, such as this Fabric Scoop, is often the choice of riders who sit more upright.
The Fiji Ali ante and Specialized Troupe are also examples of saddles designed for a more upright position. Specialized and Outrage both produce devices like this to measure your sit bones and these are often available to try in your local bike shop.
So you’ve measured your sit bones, you’re happy that your saddle is flat enough and the padding is good, but you still feel discomfort. This can mean the rider has a forward rotated pelvis, with the sit bones typically up, off the saddle surface.
Triathletes and time realists tend to favor special saddles that have effectively had the nose chopped off, like the Fiji Triton. Next: shop around, look for models that are suited to your style of riding, level of flexibility and anatomy.
Special Deals Kids' western saddles are available in most styles and youth sizes. Find youth saddles for sale from top brands like Billy Cook, Royal King or Winter.
Find youth saddles for sale from top brands like Billy Cook, Royal King or Winter. I have a 4 yr old daughter and am I looking to buy her an English saddle.
I'm running out of time her birthday is less than 2 weeks away, so I need to get this saddle ordered asap! I have a 4 yr old daughter and am I looking to buy her an English saddle.
I went with the smaller saddle because I would rather she learns to ride correctly in a saddle that actually fits rather than swim in one that she'll eventually grow into, especially at such young ages. I would rather spend the money twice for my son to fit in his seat rather than have “Mom, I'm bouncing and sliding... amended now I'm falling....” room.
Especially if the child is just learning to ride, it's so important to teach proper posture now rather than later, as also mentioned by SEA mom. Teaching a very young child to ride works much better when they are learning correctly from the start, and are not fighting against tack that doesn't fit them and horses that don't suit them.
Just like ANY form of teaching, you want to set them up for success! Now my son rides western, (so sizes are different) but I started him in a 10" at 4.