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  • Pommel of dressage saddle hitting crotch when posting

 
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    12-23-2009, 11:25 AM
  #11
Green Broke
DK Saddle!!! I lovvee my DK, it is like heaven... haha even tho I got it for christmas already used. I love it and I doubt I will ever change saddles until this one is falling apart!!! If I could have any saddle I would still want this saddle :P but im actuallylooking into getting little diamonds (swarvski crystels-i think they are?) put into the saddle flap... saddles look really pretty wehn they have that in them....haha and sparkles are totally me! Haha
     
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    12-23-2009, 11:50 AM
  #12
Weanling
I ride in a wintec pro dressage saddle, and I Love it!!
     
    12-23-2009, 12:40 PM
  #13
Showing
I use a Black Country Quantum: Saddle Photos - Black Country Saddles, UK
     
    12-23-2009, 06:14 PM
  #14
Weanling
A schleese infinity and I love it :)
     
    12-23-2009, 06:23 PM
  #15
Foal
I like Wintecs and Bates but maybe that's just because I'm so used to them
     
    12-23-2009, 08:14 PM
  #16
Trained
Some saddles that I like:

Karl Niedersuss (KN)
Passier (specifically the Grand Gilbert)
Albion
Schleese (WITHOUT air, and the really base model with like no knee roll)
CWD
Windsor
Etc..
Saddles I do not like:

Jaguar
DK
Schleese (te really ugo saddles with air)
Black Country
Etc..

Basically - I like saddles that let you find your own position and don't force you. The saddles with the huge knee rolls and excessively deep seats end up giving you a very nice looking leg (that is quite ineffective), but either your back becomes hollowed and your seat is stiff, or you are forced to ride on the cantle. Unless you are an extremely specific body type, or get one of these in a 20" seat, you will not be able to ride in a saddle of this type. I see a lot of people in these kinds of saddles (old pictures of myself included!) with nice legs that can't move enough to aid properly and stiff seats or are forced onto the cantle! And then they pump the panels full of air and get launched out of the tack while the saddle bounces around on the horse's back and moves around!! It is atrocious and I am thankful to my horses for not bucking me off while I had one of those.
     
    01-10-2010, 07:48 PM
  #17
Weanling
I use a Shire dressage saddle. :) and I lovvve it!
     
    01-10-2010, 09:08 PM
  #18
Foal
Stubben Scandica VSD DL.....

Decided to go for an all purpose saddle geared toward flatwork as I currently am not able to purchase multiple saddles for all disciplines :)
Definitely comfortable on the flat, but difficult to jump in with a short stirrup length as the flap is long and rather straight.
     
    01-20-2010, 08:59 PM
  #19
Foal
Bates Innova....
     
    01-20-2010, 09:45 PM
  #20
Yearling
I compromised with myself and got a prestige 2000D off of ebay. I really like it so far with one exception... you can't attached your saddle pad to your billets because the front billet is built in. It would be exceptional if it were calfskin though :o)

I find myself rather liking the thigh rolls.. I don't feel immobile or ineffective at all. I found some of the County's had too deep of a seat and you couldn't post without hitting your crotch on the pommel.
     

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