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    05-03-2012, 10:45 PM
  #21
Foal
EASY-CHANGE? Riser System | EASY-CHANGE? Fit Solution

Yeah! And also check this out my trainer was mentioning this system and its new might be something to consider its the Easy Change Riser system it seems next generation with the gullet system too. I love my wintec with the gullet system. :)

A total fitting solution! | EASY-CHANGE? Fit Solution
     
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    05-04-2012, 09:50 PM
  #22
Trained
I've pretty much evolved into a Thorowgood spokesperson. I love my T8 dressage saddle. It has a deep seat, but you're still free to move around in there. It doesn't force you into a position. Hard to find a wool flocked "mostly" leather saddle for under $1,000. It has the adjustable gullets too.
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    05-07-2012, 09:21 AM
  #23
Weanling
Theoretically typing, I love the Wintec. Without this fabu company making decent saddles affordable, a whole pile of us would never have been able to get into jumping, dressage: we would all be bareback. But moving from a Wintec to a leather saddle is like moving from a rented apartment to your own cozy home on the lake. A saddle that fits your horse and you is like coming home.

My favorite "good" dressage saddles were a Keiffer Aachen, a Jaguar, and a Neidersuss (not sure how it's spelled). My least favorites were a Steubben Tristan and a jumping-style Courbette.

My dressage instructor, whom I adored, had the Tristan, and I once made the comment that I really hated to sit a regular trot in it, as it was so uncomfortable. The next lesson was 60 minutes of stirrup-less sitting a regular and extended trot non-stop on the lunge line while doing stretches and toe-touches, and around the world in the saddle...... Ouch!
     
    05-07-2012, 03:38 PM
  #24
Foal
Ouch! That sounds painful but you got a good leg workout lol. I think I would rather ride bareback then do that in a saddle lol. I guess that made you dislike that saddle even more!
     
    05-07-2012, 07:56 PM
  #25
Foal
I JUST bought a "Techna" Dressage saddle and I love it. I can't believe im saying this, but it's a synthetic and its wonderful! (I used to be so anti-synthetic)

Reasons why I love it:

-Deep seat
-Clean wipe synthetic leather
-great padding around the tree
-Large comfortable knee blocks (that are removable)
-Sways perfectly in the canter. (my seat meets the cantle for added support)
-Easy gullet change
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    05-07-2012, 09:40 PM
  #26
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Mary Liz    
Ouch! That sounds painful but you got a good leg workout lol. I think I would rather ride bareback then do that in a saddle lol. I guess that made you dislike that saddle even more!
I agree! But when someone with a German accent tells you to do something, you do it!
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    05-07-2012, 10:40 PM
  #27
Yearling
+1 on "it's the saddle that fits you and the horse". I was lucky enough to be able to try four or five dressage saddles on my boy. I'd tried all of them on the saddle stand at the tack shop, and liked them all fine. Two of them it was clear wouldn't work for him at all, even though they both had interchangeable gullet systems. Two of the others that fit him fine didn't work for us as a pair. On the fifth, it was immediately obvious that it was a great fit for us both. Worked with the length of my thigh bones, my seat, his big warmblood back, his wide shoulders, and his shark-like withers.

I can't recommend the on-site riding saddle try-out highly enough.

The lucky fifth saddle, btw, is an Anky Salinero XCH, and I absolutely love it.
     
    05-08-2012, 01:33 AM
  #28
Weanling
Tried out a whole bunch of dressage saddles in the search for something for my straight backed gelding. I found a lot of saddles 'locked' me in position, and honestly, didn't like it. It also felt like there was so... much between me and the horse. I could barely 'feel' him.

Ended up finding an old Neidersuss saddle, and LOVE it. It feels very close contact, doesn't lock me in but still encourages a good position. But honestly, what I like most about it is that it feels simply like a saddle, not a couch of some sort on a horse, lol.
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    05-09-2012, 06:12 PM
  #29
Trained
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Originally Posted by teamfire    
Tried out a whole bunch of dressage saddles in the search for something for my straight backed gelding. I found a lot of saddles 'locked' me in position, and honestly, didn't like it. It also felt like there was so... much between me and the horse. I could barely 'feel' him.

Ended up finding an old Neidersuss saddle, and LOVE it. It feels very close contact, doesn't lock me in but still encourages a good position. But honestly, what I like most about it is that it feels simply like a saddle, not a couch of some sort on a horse, lol.
Even the new Niedersuss saddles are the same way.
Not fancy or gimmicky, love em.

I am considering looking at purchasing a custom Albion though. I rode in one and found the twist to be too narrow for me, but otherwise the saddle is very well put together. I am doubtful I will find anything I like more than my KN though!!
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    05-09-2012, 07:06 PM
  #30
Foal
Wow thanks guys these comments are really helpful a lot more saddles than I had previously heard of! :)
     

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