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    08-04-2013, 10:34 PM
  #21
Weanling
Looked at the thorowgood saddles and found one I think will work. T4 GP high withered compact. Contacted Dover saddlery to see if they can special order it
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    08-05-2013, 12:35 PM
  #22
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I trail rode in a Wintec dressage for many years. Way prefer the older saddle to the newer. I bought a Wintec all purpose and didn't care for it either. I'd still be using the old saddle if it fit my horse. : (
Synthetics are nice...easy to clean and light weight.
     
    08-05-2013, 05:14 PM
  #23
Foal
I think you and I have similarly built horses. My mare and I are having a hard time finding the right saddle. We tried Abetta but it was too wide. She's narrow in the withers, but pretty regular in the back. A vet at my last endurance ride said to look at Specialized. More expensive, but you can customize them and they will last forever. A good investment for our hardworking ponies. :)

Let me know how your TG saddle works out. My boyfriend rides in an orthoflex dressage saddle and LOVES it. It doesn't fit me and I hate it. To each their own. They are fine for endurance. He's done many a 50 milers in that saddle and Eagle never has any soreness.
     
    08-05-2013, 08:09 PM
  #24
Green Broke
I have an older Thorowgood Griffin and it's awesome on long trails! No actual endurance experience, but it is a really great trail saddle.
     
    08-05-2013, 11:11 PM
  #25
Foal
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Originally Posted by phantomhorse13    
Like what? [And that is a sincere question.]

I am trying to imagine a situation where a dressage saddle would be a disadvantage compared to an all purpose english saddle..
I was thinking mountainous terrain. How will it sit on the horse going up and down hills? A dressage saddle is designed to fit a horse during flat work. It is not made for mountainous terrain. I am not saying that there will be a problem. I am just envisioning some of the endurance races I have been on in Virginia, the Old Dominion race there are a lot of steep inclines and declines and I would want my horse to be comfortable as well as myself.

I think for a shorter or more leisurely trail ride a dressage saddle would be great but for an endurance ride where you are in the saddle for a long time and going at a faster pace I think that it might not be the most comfortable for horse and rider.
     
    08-06-2013, 06:25 AM
  #26
Foal
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Originally Posted by bluecharm7    
I was thinking mountainous terrain. How will it sit on the horse going up and down hills? A dressage saddle is designed to fit a horse during flat work. It is not made for mountainous terrain. I am not saying that there will be a problem. I am just envisioning some of the endurance races I have been on in Virginia, the Old Dominion race there are a lot of steep inclines and declines and I would want my horse to be comfortable as well as myself.

I think for a shorter or more leisurely trail ride a dressage saddle would be great but for an endurance ride where you are in the saddle for a long time and going at a faster pace I think that it might not be the most comfortable for horse and rider.
Actually, dressage saddles can be great for mountainous terrain. We like the steep rocky mountain goat path type trails, as technical and hilly as we can find, and I used to ride in a dressage saddle and loved it. The only reason I don't anymore is because it didn't fit my current horse. I want to get another one. I'm riding in an aussie right now, which I like, but I did feel more comfortable in the dressage saddle than anything, and it seemed to stay put on the horse better too -- I never needed a crupper in the dressage, but I do now in the aussie.

I am a featherweight rider though, I could see how maybe a heavyweight's horse might benefit from a saddle with more contact area on wider panels to spread the weight.
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    08-06-2013, 03:35 PM
  #27
Weanling
Went to Dovet saddlery and got my saddle, didn't have a thorowgood that would fit him. So I bought a wintec 500 dressage. Tried it when I got home after four hours in freaking Dallas and it fits great, as far as I can tell.
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    08-06-2013, 03:36 PM
  #28
Weanling
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    08-06-2013, 05:25 PM
  #29
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Originally Posted by bluecharm7    
I was thinking mountainous terrain. How will it sit on the horse going up and down hills? I am just envisioning some of the endurance races I have been on in Virginia, the Old Dominion race there are a lot of steep inclines and declines and I would want my horse to be comfortable as well as myself.

I think it all goes back to the saddle fitting - both the horse and the rider.

The saddle I ride my mare Dream in (a Free n Easy) is almost a hybrid in terms of flap size between an all purpose english and a dressage saddle, though the panels are its own unique thing (flex panel saddle). I am very lucky in that it stays put very well regardless of terrain, without even a crupper. So far we have logged something like 700 miles (wow is that a crazy thought! ) at Old Dominion rides with no issue.. but the saddle fits my mare like a glove (and I think by now my body has conformed to it, regardless of what shape I may have been to start with ).

I can think of a couple people who ride in dressage saddles very successfully (one friend hit her 10 100 miler mark last year - how is that for impressive!! But again, they fit the horse well.

I think saddle fit has to be one of the most frustrating things on earth.. one of the big reasons I am not anxious to look for a new saddle for Dream, despite the Free n Easy weighing over 30lbs.. it fits! Don't mess with what ain't broke.
     
    08-07-2013, 03:01 AM
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Hope it works out well for you and you don't have to return to "freaking Dallas" to exchange it! 4 hours in a major metropolis would about do it for me!
Thanks for the chuckle tonight. Enjoy that new saddle!
     

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