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    11-19-2011, 01:59 PM
  #21
Green Broke
So, what are the best dresage saddles? What brands do you love and always has good quality so I can keep a look out when we go to Halifax next.

Do you think I should be in a 16 or 17?
     
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    11-19-2011, 02:07 PM
  #22
Yearling
If you go to a good tack shop with lots of saddles to pick from (even used) they should have you sit in a bunch of saddles, as each will feel different to you and you will sit differently in them. I just finished my dressage saddle shopping. Had my heart set on Passier or Stubben, but Passier tilted me forward and the Stubben I brought home on trial did not fit the horse at all. Would have needed all sorts of corrective pads to make it work for her. I ended up with a Neidersuss, which fits both me and the horse. You really do need to go sit in a bunch to see what size works best in which maker, they all fit differently, even within different sizes.

One idea...go sit in a bunch and figure out which fit you best, then see if they will do a trial for you, where you bring a couple home, and see if one fits your horse. Then send back the one that doesnt fit. It really is important to be sure the saddle fits both you and your horse.
     
    11-19-2011, 02:22 PM
  #23
Green Broke
KN's are nice and so are Countys.

I had an Albion and loved it (it didn't fit my horse) so I got a Black Country. It's AMAZING.
     
    11-19-2011, 02:40 PM
  #24
Green Broke
I would kill for a morris and Nolan saddle. Seriously gorgeous saddles, Its a very small UK company that make abolutly top quality saddles. They mainly make show saddles (UK show saddles that is) which when sold 2nd hand make nearly as much as they did new!!! They also do MTM.
     
    11-19-2011, 04:46 PM
  #25
Showing
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Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald    
So, what are the best dresage saddles?
Black Country is awesome. That's the one I really, really want to have. But... They are very expensive, even used ones. Passier is another brand I really like as well as County. I don't like Stubben though - every single one I tried was like riding on rock.

With that being said I have Thornhill Vienna (which is under $1000 new) and very happy with it. MT also offers a nice dressage saddle for a good price.

In any case whatever you decide on make sure returns are allowed so you could send it back if it doesn't fit your horse.
     
    11-19-2011, 05:26 PM
  #26
Weanling
I'm also a big fan of Stubben. I have a Kieffer. I like it a lot and it puts me in a good position and fits my horse well. When I was looking I sat in a few M Toulouse and it was quite comfy. The seat infrastructure was webbed so it felt "fluffy". I ended up with the Keiffer because the tree is adjustable so if your horse bulks up you can have it customized. Havent used that feature yet!

Someday I want to buy a Hennig. They are fantastic!

I think you should sit in as many saddles as you can and don't rule out the 17.5, I think you might be surprised.
     
    11-23-2011, 03:34 AM
  #27
Weanling
I have 2 stubbens one is newer and well padded, the older one a triston is harder and doesn't fit my high withered horse but does fir the Arab so it has a home for now..
Also have a Thornhill pro something other Very nice padded saddle but the leather is not great quality (water buffalo hide?) and the bottom sweat flap in disintegrating on one side this does not yet hurt its functionality but needs to be adressed. I was told someplace that the Thornhill saddles were made in India and this looked like a higher end Indian made saddle to me. Now they claim that they are being made in Germany.... so I'm not really sure there. This one is about 10 years old. When they were selling under the name "state line"
I have had several used Passiers and they were all really nice saddles. LOVELOVE LOVE that brand. Even a 40 year old one is nice. I ADORE my Jefferies englsih made JUMPING Saddle very flat and leaves you able to move.
     
    11-23-2011, 07:51 AM
  #28
Showing
I think Thornhill is Argentinian-made (I was told that in tack store I got it from and my research on Internet). Definitely not in Germany. But not in India either. It's designed for the wider horses (which is definitely a case looking at my mares).
     
    11-25-2011, 01:22 AM
  #29
Weanling
Hey Kitten thanks! I know they are advertising them on ebay as being German made and I can tell you for sure the one I have aint German Made LOL!! Its a VERY well made saddle everything is tight it's comfortable the ONLY thing wrong with mine is that sweat flap is crumbling on one corner and the leather feels a little on the thick side and .... not like a cow hide. But it is a MUCH older model when they were still selling under the state line brand so they are probably MUCH improved in the leather department by now. I'm Honestly pretty darn happy with it. I only paid 85 bucks for it how much can you complain at that price LOL?? I was thinking of getting a new one and this is one of their top of the line models I think I wanted to see how I liked them and how likely they were to hold up.
You are probably right about the Argentine made which is much better than Indian made IMO. The saddle is actually really comfy puts me an a great position. I have to say that after buying this one and seeing how comfy it is and that it's held up pretty well for a ten plus year old saddle I think I would buy another one. Tho I'd probably look for a used one a few years old so that I could get a better price. Actually you don't see a lot of used Thornhills for sale now that I think of it. And i'm sure that is casue people LOVE them and wouldn't part with them. I can't imagine selling mine :)
     
    11-25-2011, 01:25 AM
  #30
Weanling
Amen!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Black Country is awesome. That's the one I really, really want to have. But... They are very expensive, even used ones. Passier is another brand I really like as well as County. I don't like Stubben though - every single one I tried was like riding on rock.

With that being said I have Thornhill Vienna (which is under $1000 new) and very happy with it. MT also offers a nice dressage saddle for a good price.

In any case whatever you decide on make sure returns are allowed so you could send it back if it doesn't fit your horse.
says the girl with 6 saddles for 2 rid-able horses!! LOL
     

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