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        01-23-2010, 01:59 AM
    I am yet to find my 'perfect' saddle. **** short legs!! I'm so fussy with saddles, I do like/love some, but they're not exactly right I find. I HATE being trapped/forced into a position by my saddle, but I also hate saddles that offer no support at all, mostly due to the fact that I am usually riding young/green/breakers so like that little bit of added security. Because I've got short legs, I really struggle to find a saddle with adequate support without forcing my position. Apparently isabell's are designed for the vertically challanged folk like myself, but I can't stand them, when I get off my hips ache and they force my position, I get tipped forward in them and feel like I need to sit back almost on the cantle! Hate them!
    But then the Otto's, I love them, but again, not quite right, the twist is a little too wide and so again, I get off sore.
    County's I really love, but only the pre '94 models, the new ones force the position too much and are more for the long leggeds of the riding world. Plus it is **** near impossible to find an old style county between 16.5" and 17" that will fit my horse.

    Today I confirmed a lease on a HUGE percheron x tb mare, and at 3 years old, she barely fits an extra wide gullet and wears a 6'9 rug. So as you can imagine, my saddle problem is going to escalate, I think I'm going to have to stick to cheap wintec GP's with this girl! *vomits*

    *grumbles and continues saddle search*
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        01-23-2010, 10:29 PM
    My dressage saddle is an older Kieffer model. I love it, especially because it fit my horse and isn't black. I like dark brown, two-toned dressage saddles when they are nicely done. My only complaint is that it's too uphill, so I have to ride with a riser pad. I do love the quality of it though and would love to find another Keiffer that is more correct.
        01-24-2010, 08:19 AM
    I have a Collegiate dressage saddle (The Jessica I think) and I have a NY made CC. I really want a better CC but have to wait for taxes to come back.
        01-26-2010, 05:37 PM
    Green Broke
    I agree the newer Countys are kind blech.

    I am not a fan of the newer style of dressage saddles with the huge knee blocks. I like knee blocks but I don't like the super huge ones that take all the effort out of riding it seems.

    I kind of re-found my favorite saddle just a couple of days ago, just a simple ole wintec 500 AP.
        02-01-2010, 11:30 PM
    So looks like I'm switching from a Wintec Isabell to a Hulsebos. Have it on trial this week and love it so far.
        02-01-2010, 11:40 PM
    Billy cook Saddlery ALL the way. I know the guy that started the company.
        02-02-2010, 08:44 PM
    I have no clue what make mine is, I came to own it when I asked the owner of the barn if I could borrow a dressage saddle to get a feel for my horses size. She handed me this absolutely horrific, moldy, dirty, caked in mud and dust saddle. I was like, "There is no way there's a saddle under all this filth!" But I went at it with some Leather New [it's a sprayable soap and conditioner in one, I swear it works WONDERS.] And low and behold, this absolutely beautiful off colored black [with a hint of mahogony] custom made dressage saddle was hiding underneath! I bought it off the barn owner, it fits my horse like a glove, it's exceedingly comfortable. I have no clue of the brand/make, it's a custom made saddle though!
        02-02-2010, 11:25 PM
    I grew up in a Stubben Siegfried, still have it but my 18 hd. Perch/clyde/TB cross outgrew it so I got an XW Thornhill Berlin by Jose Canaves. It is an all-purpose, beautiful, comfortable saddle with wool flocking so we can keep adjusting it as my gelding grows. Can't afford to get saddles for each discipline as I need to keep my Stubben to ride my smaller horses.

    Kayty-check out the Thornhills-they work really nicely on the big ones. My saddle fitter is impressed with the quality for the price.
        02-03-2010, 01:45 AM
    I have a Wintec 2000 all purpose (suede) which I absolutely love, it has lasted me many wonderful years. I also got a wintec 500 dressage. Both are synthetic which I adore, if they get dirty I just wipe them over with a sponge. Or if they're really bad, I have a special synthetic saddle cleaner. I was planning on buying the Isabelle, but it's just too bulky and 'forced' me into position a bit. So I got the 500 and it's loads better, not to mention a lot cheaper
    I don't have expensive leather saddles, I never have and probably never will.
        02-03-2010, 02:01 AM
    I just got a demo model Devoucoux Biarritz cc saddle and LOVE IT! It fits my horse perfect and it's like butter, but tacky and I think I love it more than my horse..he he.

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