I'm in the process of buying my first saddle now. For the past several years, I've been leasing horses and borrowing a Wintec Pro Dressage. It has been "OK" for both me and the horses throughout this time, but not great, and I caught myself with a major chair seat in some show photos once and spent the rest of that summer forcing myself into a "correct" position- the saddle certainly wasn't helping me. Now that I actually own a horse, it finally makes sense for me to get a saddle that fits both me and my horse!
My saddle fitter brought a bunch of saddles for me to try out and I absolutely LOVED the Master Marvel, with the Master Master (brand and model the same name
) being a close 2nd. Unfortunately, these are really expensive new, and really hard to come across. If I could afford it, though, I'd definitely be buying a Master!
I also tried a couple different Custom Saddlery saddles, and hated the knee block placement on both of them. It just wasn't in the right place for me and I couldn't imagine riding like that all the time.
Today she brought by a Neidersuss, and I really didn't like it. I found that it pitched me forward and the part directly under my seat bones felt strangely curved.
She also highly recommended (but didn't have any demos for) Hennig, DK, and Regal, and thought Passier and Albion would probably work for us, too.
I did ride a horse a handful of times last summer with an Albion saddle, but I don't remember much about it other than that it was too big for me and the leather was slippery!