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    05-10-2012, 01:56 AM
  #31
Foal
Omg... major news on amazingly awesome saddles. I just rode in a "Hennig" today. Oh. My. Goodnes. What an amazing ride it was. I can't literally explain it in words, but from the plush leather, to the absolute "Your leg goes HERE." and with no option of moving, I was floored to say the least. Here's the drawback, a Hennig dressage saddle retails like 7000.00, and the only reason I was able to school in one today is because a friend of mine (an elderly woman who volunteers at the same Therapeutic Riding Facility as mine, who has retired from riding, but in her earlier years was quite competitive in dressage...) had offered to let me have a lesson in her Hennig a few weeks ago. I agreed but didn't seriously think she'd deliver. Well. She did. And I love her for it.

Now I seriously need a Hennig or my own. :(
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    05-10-2012, 04:20 PM
  #32
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Captain Evil    
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!
Wow! I think that would have been my last lesson with that instructor. Talk about being overly sensitive about your saddle!!
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    05-10-2012, 11:07 PM
  #33
Weanling
Just graduated from a Wintec to a Verhan Iliad today. I tried out about 20 saddles aywhere from 500 to 2500 and none of them fit all that well. Loved the test rides in the Verhan, love the little thigh blocks, the way it frees up the shoulder, and love the fact that it's adjustable. I bought it used, so it wasn't as painful as paying for a new one (but still painful enough).
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    05-10-2012, 11:14 PM
  #34
Foal
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Originally Posted by Regula    
Just graduated from a Wintec to a Verhan Iliad today. I tried out about 20 saddles aywhere from 500 to 2500 and none of them fit all that well. Loved the test rides in the Verhan, love the little thigh blocks, the way it frees up the shoulder, and love the fact that it's adjustable. I bought it used, so it wasn't as painful as paying for a new one (but still painful enough).
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Yeah I heard of buying saddles used so that you get a better price on them but they still aren't cheap :( Congrats on the new saddle!
     
    05-11-2012, 09:34 AM
  #35
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Originally Posted by Mary Liz    
Yeah I heard of buying saddles used so that you get a better price on them but they still aren't cheap :( Congrats on the new saddle!
every saddle I own or have owned, with the exception of two, has been bought used. It's the only way I can afford nice quality tack. Sometimes you just have to shop longer. ;)
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    07-11-2012, 02:39 PM
  #36
Foal
my favorite

Albion Brentina...I also like the Albion SLK, but the Brentina is perfect for me being that I am a smaller person. Also rode in a hennig princess? That was to die for. I've literally owned 100 dressage saddles, had a custom Schleese that was the biggest piece of crap, and imported saddles from England....still love my Brentina!
     
    07-11-2012, 07:52 PM
  #37
Weanling
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Originally Posted by artisticgold    
Albion Brentina...I also like the Albion SLK, but the Brentina is perfect for me being that I am a smaller person. Also rode in a hennig princess? That was to die for. I've literally owned 100 dressage saddles, had a custom Schleese that was the biggest piece of crap, and imported saddles from England....still love my Brentina!

Really? The Schleese was awful? I was thinking of buying a used Schleese for my Percheron and having it fitted to him, as it is so hard to find a dressage saddle top fit such a wide load. They are known for having wide saddles, and for fitting them to the horse. Then again, even considering dressage - even training level - as an option with Ahab may be a pipe-induced piece of lunacy.
     
    07-11-2012, 08:59 PM
  #38
Foal
I had previously owned a few used Schleese saddles, a Wave - which didn't work at all for my Arab/Percheron mare and a baroque gelding, a Jes Advanced (early model) in a 16.5" which fit her short back, and a Jes Elite which was too long. They were just 'ok' for me, kind of put me in a chair seat, but I did like the adjustability which comes at a high cost $200-400 each time. I had always had good service from the Schleese fitters, and when Joachen Scleese himself came to town, I thought he could adjust my saddle the best. Well, I got the hard sell treatment, and stupidly bought into the sales pitch and agreed to have a new Triumph made. Regretted it completely as soon as I did it, just had a bad feeling, and when the new saddle arrived, it quickly became apparent that the saddle was terrible for me, my mare didn't like it and it crippled me riding in it. I had terrible customer service, they turned everything around and blamed me, my horse, on and on. I ended up selling the saddle at a loss since I couldn't even ride in it without pain. Terrible service from a company I had used for years, I won't give them a penny, and have told a lot of people about my experience. I have now heard tons of stories, just like mine, from a lot of people who had similar experience, and from saddle fitters who heard it from their clients. Too bad, as they lost a very good customer, and some business of others, too...
     
    07-12-2012, 06:57 PM
  #39
Green Broke
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!
     
    07-13-2012, 10:10 AM
  #40
Foal
I have a Wintec Sport Dressage, and as ugly as it is, I love it. It looks like this Wintec sport dressage image by gothkitty_01 on Photobucket, but worse and squeaks like crazy, but It's the only saddle I've ever tried that fits my horse. It's also quite comfortable.
     

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