Does My Butt Look Big In This Saddle?

Does My Butt Look Big In This Saddle?

Good-Horse-RiderWhen you are riding in a lesson, do you make sure you shirt is tucked in before you start?

What about if you are coaching a lesson, do you make sure your riders have their shirt tucked in before you commence a lesson?

If not, why not?

If you as a coach choose to not tuck your shirt in or don’t expect your students to tuck their shirts in, then think again.

Latest Fashions

Have a look at the world’s best fashion houses for the latest trends this season. There are many garments where the shirts are long and flowing, or even midriff and sleeveless. The style of these high fashion clothes is continually changing and updated at least once each season.

Equestrian Fashions

While fashions change and evolve in the equestrian world, they remain fairly traditional. Riding is a sport, so the ability to move freely is a must and protection of the head, arms, hands, body, legs and feet is also a must. Long flowing garments, while they may be used in some costume classes are not traditional equestrian outfits as they can cause a horse to spook and have more likelihood of being caught up in the event of a fall.

These traditional fashions in the equestrian world are a must for

  • safety
  • protection
  • ability to move freely

Why Should I Tuck In My Shirt?

A lot of riders tuck their shirt in all the time. They have respect for their instructor and have seen other riders they respect with their shirts tucked.

Some riders complain that their butt is too big to have their shirt tucked in, so they leave it out.

Tucking in shirts is more than showing respect to the instructor. If your shirt is tucked in, the coach can see more easily if they are straight sitting on the horse and if they are in the deepest part of the saddle.

Your instructor can also see the amount of movement of the seat that is happening in the paces, movements and transitions between paces and within the pace.

If your coach can see your seat is moving in the saddle in such a way that it interferes with your horse’s way of going, then they can give you some feed back with suggestions for appropriate corrections to the rider.

If you have a bit butt, it is even more important that the coach can make sure you are sitting correctly and making the work as comfortable as possible for your horse.

When you tuck your shirt in, your instructor can confirm that you are sitting in the deepest part of the saddle and not too far back or forward or collapsing to one side. Your coach will teach you to move with your horse, so the horse can carry you more comfortably.

For the sake of your horse, please tuck your shirt in!

After all, isn’t that what we all want? For the horse to be comfortable and to do their job you in the most efficient way that gives us the maximum benefit?

Happy Riding 🙂



  1. Millie D says:

    Coming from a pony club background, this article was interesting and well written.

  2. Wow I didn’t realize that simply by tucking in your shirt you will give your instructor respect or even spook the horse. This was a very interesting, informative read.

  3. Didn’t know that tucking in your shirt shows more respect to your instructor, that is good to know.

  4. Chenoa Gills says:

    “Does My Butt Look Big In This Saddle?”
    Compared to the horse you’re sitting on? No it doesn’t. Speaking of trends, having a butt seems to one of them these days. So if tucking your shirt in makes your butt look big, OWN IT BABY!

  5. Fair Point

  6. Interesting article, from now on I will always tuck my shirt in while in a lesson.

  7. Paige Roeleveld says:

    Very interesting article. Had no idea.

  8. Paige Roeleveld says:

    Great article and very informative.

  9. tracy barnard says:

    wow had never really given this much thought, will be tucking my shirt in from now on.

  10. Great Article

  11. this is such a good article to explain how it is so much easier to tuck your shirt in and safer and better for your coach.

  12. Harriet Ehlers says:

    If I have a longer shirt on I always tuck it in when I ride. It looks so much more professional when watching a lesson if the students and instructor look neat, tidy and safe.

  13. great article, with inspiring information

  14. It was really good and well explained article.

  15. Well explain and this has given me a new view on the little things to do with horses.

  16. Michelle McClymont says:

    I like to tuck my shirt in as it is more tidy but it always comes out when riding. I never thought of it though from an instructors point of view. Love the article thanks.

  17. Jacob Rush says:

    i never thought about it but i will now.

  18. Great information. 🙂

  19. No one wants to make a coaches job harder, a simple measure of “tucking ones shirt in” may not seem a big deal to some but as the article explains – it allows the coach to better understand and keep a visual on each rider, this in turn allows for not only a safer and more comfortable lesson but also a more improved seat. If you hide under long or baggy atire not only will your riding skills go unnoticed but your horse may suffer too.

  20. Absolutely spot on! This is something that my coach encourages with all of her students, and as such, it has become second nature to me to have my shirt tucked into my breeches, and topped off nicely with a belt.

  21. Awesome article for the riding school.

  22. I generally tuck my shirt in, but in my chosen sport of endurance you see a lot of shirt tails. Before reading this I never considered this to be an issue, however, a common thought about endurance is that you don’t need to be able to ride well, you only have to sit on the horse as it is trained to go forward!

  23. Megan McKnight says:

    this article is so insightful! I didn’t know how much little things in the horse industry could be so important

  24. Jade Mckinven says:


  25. Very interesting read! Will definitely be tucking my shirt in more frequently now!

  26. Awesome read, so well put. Definitely needs to be focused on more in some places!

  27. Very valid points. Good read

  28. Starting at pony club at an early age I was always taught to have my shirt tucked in and is a lesson I have kept. At that stage it was explained the importance of why but was more an etiquette thing. This article is good at explained the safety things behind it. thanks.

  29. Great information, makes sense!

  30. This has certainly given me something to think about. Interesting reading.

  31. This is very interesting, I always make sure to tuck my shirt in as it helps with my riding.I tend to ride in an hollow position with my back, so making sure I tuck my shirt in helps my instructor adjust my position. I did not think that if I was to wear a flowing shirt that it would be a possibility that I could spoke my horse. I would also love to become an instructor so this was some information that I have taken on board.

  32. Stevie Morgan says:

    Very interesting. I also think by tucking your shirt in it helps you, as the rider, to recognize faults in your own seat and especially in your back position as the shirt pulls tight if you round your back and shoulders and lean too far forward and if you are holding your lower back to tight there will be a gap between your lower back and the shirt.

  33. Taylah B says:

    great info. 🙂

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  35. Breanan Hollis says:

    At our pony club the shirts we wear are polo type shirts and are supposed to be worn out not tucked in but they do not come down too far or cover the buttocks. If the shirts are too long then they are required to be tucked in. All the above points are very valid and helpful.

  36. Kirsten Greer says:

    I always tuck my shirt in when I ride, because it can also frighten the horse and it makes me look a lot neater.

  37. Good! 🙂

  38. I personally ride with my shirt tucked in, I never took the coach into consideration. I will now though.

  39. Very well put and inspiring, this has given me a completely new view of the little things in the horse industry that can make a big impact if not taken into consideration.

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