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    01-26-2012, 01:03 PM

I'm looking for some input on dressage saddles. I'm looking to get a nice used one for about $800-$1000. I have a typical high withered TB - what brands would you suggest that are best for all 'roud fit and, comfort, and durability for a good price?

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    01-26-2012, 04:23 PM
You still have to try before you buy. But out of new ones in your price range I'd try M Toulouse and Collegiate (I'd suggest Thornhill I own and really like, but it's designed towards wider horses). Out of used ones I'd look into Stubben, Kieffer and Passier.

There are other nice ones you can get used: KN, Courbette, County (if you are lucky).
    01-26-2012, 04:53 PM
    01-27-2012, 12:10 PM
I have a Schleese that I bought used because it could be fitted to my TB. They tend to be more expensive, even used, but a friend of mine managed to find a used one for $900.
    01-27-2012, 12:56 PM
Another vote for Collegiate.
    01-27-2012, 01:33 PM
Green Broke
I looooove my M Toulouse Aachen, and it's in your price range too. VERY nice soft and already broken in "double leather". I've heard it will wear out faster than the printed leather, and I know from experience that it "wrinkles" easily, but I still love it and the thing feels like I am sitting in a COUCH

Pelham Saddlery: M. Toulouse Aachen Dressage18.5 XW

Here's Sandie and I doing a test in it
    01-27-2012, 03:36 PM
I followed that link and Pelham seems to have a really good selection of used saddles. I think that's my new favorite store!
    01-27-2012, 03:47 PM
If your horse has HIGH withers - please look for a saddle with a cutback head. Huge difference in fit. ;)
    01-27-2012, 03:49 PM
For reference I have a Kieffer and absolutely love it and it fits my horse like a dream which makes me beyond happy.

Here is my boy with his saddle:

And without so you can see the withers i'm talking about:
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    01-27-2012, 10:47 PM
I ride a high withered TB, and my KN fits her very well. Also very comfortable for me!

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