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post #1 of 5 Old 05-31-2012, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Question Dessage saddle advice

I've been told a County Competitor saddle would be a "perfect" fit for my horse,but have had no luck finding a used one. Does anyone have a suggestion of another brand of saddle that would be equivalent to the County Competitor? I am 5'9 need an 18" seat and my horse needs a medium wide tree. Thanks, stephanie
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-31-2012, 10:33 PM
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You need a saddle that fits the horse AND you. My advice, try every single saddle you can get your hands on. If you have never ridden in a County you just might not like it.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-01-2012, 08:42 AM
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Stephanie, it's really hard to advise something without seeing a horse. You can take measurements and contact Trumbull Mountain (here is how to take measurements: Tracings/Templates ). They are good at advising saddles, and often have nice used saddles on sale, also their trial policy is really good.

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-02-2012, 04:40 AM
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Well, Its not really like the saddle you suggested, but I've fallen IN LOVE with my Bates Innova.
Its super comfortable, It fits every horse i've put it on- including two horses with back problems that had much better performance in that saddle.
However, i'm not sure what your price range is- it is a fairly expensive saddle.
Keep in mind though- you can get different gullets, as well as from very narrow, to very wide- and you can change it yourself.
You get every penny you pay for. Its a beautiful saddle, super comfortable and very versatile.
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-02-2012, 07:50 AM
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I bought a Passier Hannover dressage saddle, used, really cheap. It is old, but has fit all my barns fat horses with a medium tree despite being told those saddles run narrow. The seat is hard, but a seat saver can fix that. I have also ridden Wintecs new contour dressage saddle. Incredibly comfortable, adjustable gullet, but the cheapest i have seen them is 900 lightly used. Best thing to do is just go to a tack store and start sitting in saddles so you can get an idea of what is comfortable for you. Cheap argentina saddles suck, but the newer ones are promising. Some of the fancier british and italian saddles are to narrow of twist and i can't sit in them. So test the waters if you can, it is a good place to start.

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