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  • Wanted ascot dressage saddle
  • Ascot dressage saddle retail price

 
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    11-18-2011, 08:52 PM
  #11
Super Moderator
Ascot-No!
Niedersuss-YES!! Good quality
County-Yes! Good quality
Morris & Nolan-Not familiar with it (I worry about that)
Courbette-medium quality, but often decent

Do you really ride in a 16.5? That is very small! None of my students (except my one child student) can ride in a saddle that small. How tall and what weight are you?

What tree will fit your horse? Is he/she wide, medium, narrow?
     
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    11-18-2011, 09:03 PM
  #12
Super Moderator
I second the above, totally. 16.5? Tiny!
I like the County personally, but Neidersuss is good too.
     
    11-18-2011, 09:20 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Well, I have a 17.5" and it looks huge! I'll try to get a picture for you.

I am 5' 3" about 103 pounds. I'm 17.
     
    11-18-2011, 09:32 PM
  #14
Green Broke
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I have more on my other computer. I can fit one whole hand in front of the saddle and at the back.
     
    11-18-2011, 09:36 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
Ascot-No!
Niedersuss-YES!! Good quality
County-Yes! Good quality
Morris & Nolan-Not familiar with it (I worry about that)
Courbette-medium quality, but often decent

Do you really ride in a 16.5? That is very small! None of my students (except my one child student) can ride in a saddle that small. How tall and what weight are you?

What tree will fit your horse? Is he/she wide, medium, narrow?
He is a quarter horse. Not a stocky one. 15.2 HH, I figured medium with good wither clearance.
     
    11-18-2011, 09:45 PM
  #16
Showing
Just want to add... I checked the links and $400 for County is quite low (those are higher end saddles new). So I wonder the condition of the saddle.
     
    11-18-2011, 10:54 PM
  #17
Weanling
You are definitely TINY!

Is that a jump saddle in your pictures though? Kind of looks like it so just want to throw out there that your dressage saddle should be 1 inch bigger than your jump saddle. I have a 16.5 AP and a 17.5 dressage. If this is the case, maybe you can sit in a few dressage saddles to test it out?

I, too have heard good things about KN and County. Havent heard of the others.
     
    11-19-2011, 12:47 AM
  #18
Showing
I totally get you about the tiny saddles! I love, love, love this Luxor but the 17" is wayyy too big for me.
     
    11-19-2011, 09:14 AM
  #19
Trained
Please 'try before you buy'. It's all good and well to buy something online, get it home and realise that you physically cannot ride in it because it leaves you in pain, or just will absolutely not fit your horse no matter how much adjusting a qualified fitter/saddler does to it. Yes, I have been through both experiences, have had many saddles that have given me shocking hip/pelvic pain within 10minutes. And have once spent more adjusting a saddle than its purchase price, and it never ended up fitting that horse anyway.

That Ascot saddle looks cheap and nasty, I wouldn't touch it with a 40 foot barge pole. You are best to look at saddles that retail for higher prices, and buy second hands. Saddles are like cars, as soon as they leave the show room they drop rapidly in value, you can pick up a great saddle for nearly half the retail price.
The more expensive saddles are generally hand crafted and have a huge amount of research and scientific work put into getting them just right - but even then, what works for one horse won't work for the next.
- One pair of jeans might make your backside look tiny, and the next person's backside look huge. Same goes with saddles, it's not one size fits all.


As for sizing, you have quite long legs for your height, I would at least go for a 17 inch. The sizing of saddles has more to do with the length of your thigh than your weight. Dressage saddles are deeper and more straight cut than jumping and GP saddles, so generally require a slightly larger size.
     
    11-19-2011, 02:58 PM
  #20
Green Broke
Yeah, I'm nervous about ordering online because of the risks! There could be some ripped stitching or that it wont fit properly.

It is a GP A/P. It has a more forward flap then the one my friend has.

I thought my saddle would fit me! I was like well I'm 17 and 5'3" I should have a 17 or 17.5.... And then realized it was too big when I got home :(

Yeah, I think I will wait until I go to Halifax, we don't have an actual tack store around here... The have a good used tack store up there though. I just want to get a nice one before I go to college.
     

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