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    11-25-2010, 05:13 PM
Green Broke
3/4 panels on saddles

I have a question about long panels on a dressage saddle. Are the lower sides always flexible or are some made to be stiff. I am shopping on line so I can't see them in person but you can see a crease on some where they flex and not on others so not sure if those flex also just not creased. A longer panel is supposed to be more stable on the Friesians but wondering if the flexibilty would make it less stable?
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    11-26-2010, 12:59 PM
D'you think you could post a link/pictures to the thread so I can see what you're talking about? I might be able to help, but I'm having trouble visualising what you're seeing.
Thanks =)
    11-26-2010, 04:08 PM
Green Broke
The panel is the padded part that is part of the tree and it goes down the front of the saddle. I have been told that is a good feature for Friesians and helps the saddle be more stable. Just wondering how much flex they have and does more flex make them less stable??
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    11-26-2010, 10:39 PM
Oooh, okay.
I was just worried about terminology being different :)
The reason you get the creases is a combination of factors. Most dressage saddles are flocked (I say 'most' because I've never personally seen one that *isn't* flocked), designed to mold to the horse's shape, the stitching holds the flocking in place and you get the creases in the leather over time and use.
Freisians are particularly difficult to get a really good fitting saddle, 1) because of the shape of their withers and shoulders, and 2) because of their extravagent movement. A Freisian at rest is far different to one when it's moving and performing.
Depending on how far you intend to take your horse in dressage, you'll need to consider carefully finding the best possible saddle to purchase.

The few Freisians that I've seen and fitted for saddles have varied between the more 'athletic' type and the pure 'show' type. The athletic type is far slimmer, naturally, they have a slightly more prominent whither and are more streamlined through the torso. Whereas the 'show' type are heavier, have less whither and are definitely rounder through the torso.
With the athletic types I've successfully fitted the Wintec 500 New style dressage, the Wintec Pro Contour dressage and the following Prestiges: Top KK, Optimax and D1. By far and away, the D1 is the best type of saddle for the Freisian horse, because of the way it's designed.
If you go onto the Prestige Italy website, they have a fabulous video on the D1, that's definitely worth taking a look at.

Sorry if I've rambled a bit...it's early still and I've only had 1 cup of coffee:P
    11-27-2010, 08:30 AM
Green Broke
Shimla, thank you for the info. Mine is a baroque, a round wide one although she is a cross. I will check out the Prestige site. I have a used Schleese coming for a starter saddle and I got it for the adjustable tree but down the road I will get something else. I had tried an Albion Comfort as I was told that was a good fit also. It was a MW and too narrow. It gets expensive shipping back and forth
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