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post #21 of 31 Old 08-05-2012, 10:20 AM
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Sounds great, phoenix! (BTW, I did the same: I sent tracings and ordered 2 saddles to try from Trumbull still called the fitter out and looked at several other saddles) I hope you'll find what you need when the fitter comes!

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post #22 of 31 Old 08-10-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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I need a few opinions, I have 2 saddles to try from the fitter. The first is a bates, it fits the horse but I wasn't sure it felt right for me. The second is a zaldi dressage. Again fits the horse well and is fairly comfortable. I've never heard of zaldi, any opinions on the saddles?

I've got them both for the weekend to try out.

Poor phoenix has a knot of muscle right in the middle of his back and most of the saddles she tried ended up with too much pressure right under the seat.
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post #23 of 31 Old 08-10-2012, 09:13 PM
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I've never heard of Zaldi, but I just googled and reviews seem to be good (here is one of them Zaldi Lander Monoflap Dressage Saddles Reviews @ Horse Tack Review ). I'm not a Bates fan, but Bates are decent saddles as well. I'd say if fit is about the same go with the one that fits you the best.

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post #24 of 31 Old 08-10-2012, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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So far all the reviews and such I've found do seem to be good. I'll see how each rides and decide after a couple of trails and maybe some arena time.
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post #25 of 31 Old 08-10-2012, 09:48 PM
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Sorry if this is off topic, but would you mind telling me what type of saddle is your original saddle and why it's considered garbage? It looks like a wintec to me, but i don't really know much about the different brands of saddle and such.
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post #26 of 31 Old 08-10-2012, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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It is a wintec, I'm mostly switching because it doesn't fit my horse. I'll have to let other folks say why they think it's rubbish; I liked it because I stuck to it like glue.
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post #27 of 31 Old 08-10-2012, 09:56 PM
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That's what I thought. My instructor has 2 Wintec Isabells and they are very comfortable saddles and stand up to a lot of abuse.
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post #28 of 31 Old 08-11-2012, 10:41 AM
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Kenda, wintecs are not garbage - no arguing on this, but if it doesn't fit it doesn't fit (wintec doesn't fit either of my mares either because of the shape of the tree).

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post #29 of 31 Old 08-27-2012, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Finally paid for my new saddle. It's a Zaldi new kent and i'm very happy with it! It's nice and comfy so i can ride on trail for more than a couple of hours without getting sore, and it fits my horse! I can feel a difference in him when he's on trail, going up hills now he pushes his back up more and isn't as stilted in his movements.



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post #30 of 31 Old 08-27-2012, 04:07 PM
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I love Zaldi's. :)

My first dressage saddle (well, the only one I've ever owned) was a Zaldi and it suited both myself and my horse well. It was definitely comfortable and I never had any issues with.

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