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post #31 of 67 Old 02-01-2013, 03:50 PM
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I was being positive and not saying the opposite , I didnt care for them nor do any of my male friends that have expressed an opinion. Several female arabian riders I know and respect do like them though.
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post #32 of 67 Old 02-01-2013, 05:18 PM
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I was being positive and not saying the opposite , I didnt care for them nor do any of my male friends that have expressed an opinion. Several female arabian riders I know and respect do like them though.
I was just going off what had been said in other threads. I do wonder if this would be people setting or following trends, though.... Guys tend to like what other guys like and use. I wonder what the male riders (we do have them, though they are usually along for the ride with their wives!) in my area would say...

Maybe it's because women sometimes tend to be more open to unorthodox ideas (not a snub, just an honest thought)?? Though I do think that the "Arabian" part just happens to be because a lot of endurance riders tend to have Arabians, and, in general, women and Arabs tend to work well together because we get the emotional and sensitive side of them haha.

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Oh, wow. Neat! I am so excited to find out something about this saddle!! I was like "Aw darn, it's a no name. But it is nice quality so I'll try it anyway since I've had no name saddles before and they were nice."

The place that I found this one at is in a really fancy shmancy uppity primarily English tack shop that also takes some consignment. So this one doesn't have a fitter. (The other place that has the fitter is an hour and a half north of me. That's the one with the brand new expensive saddles.)

They were utterly lost as far as this saddle and the other couple of non english ones go. They have this saddle listed at $250!! I am thinking that I could probably get it for $225 or so if I like it. However, since I can get shims and custom shape it, that actually works really great!

Mana is coming four and I expect some changes in shape as far as him growing but as well as him becoming fit when we start riding regularly in the next month or two. I was worried that I would buy something now and have it not fit by next year.

This could work nicely! I'm even more excited now! It does have a couple of small shims that seem to protect the main foam from the stirrup leathers, but otherwise, I think I'll have to buy some more shims. I was wondering why it was so flat through the bars.

Also, the stirrup leathers can be set more forward or back on the tree which is nice since my legs are rather short. It took some work because you have to unscrew some things, but I am really diggin' it.

For $250, even if I don't like the saddle, maybe I should buy it anyway and resell it? It is in really fantastic shape. No wear on the seat or fenders at all. A couple of small scuffs and some corrosion on the hardware, but nothing bad at all and the billets are hardly used either. (I'd replace the hardware anyway)

I love shopping at these tack shops in the more affluent areas. The people with money to burn try new things, don't like it and drop it off just to get it out of their faces and don't really care what it brings. The two aussie saddles were basically brand new, however they were 15 and 16 inches (Small adult/large kid sizes as far as Aussies go). I am betting they bought them for the kids, kids decide they don't like them and they shipped them off the the saddle shop. Haha. Wish I had that kind of money.

So you guys think it looks like it's a good saddle? I like that it will be highly adjustable for my growing boy. The price is nice too. I think it'd be reasonable to buy the saddle and pay for shims too.

I will definitely spam you guys with pics of the ride. If the padding on it right now is not fit for Mana, I may have to get creative with my pads to make it work for the test.

Joe: I didn't pay much attention to it since it wasn't in my size. I am going back on tuesday, I'll take a closer look at it and let you know the details. I know it was a name brand that I'd seen before. Just didn't pay any attention to it at the time.

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I think guys are to spread out to to just copy another endurance rider. Simple matter of anatomy
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If you don't get it, I want it. If you sell it, I want it. I know a few people (like myself) who would love that saddle - and I'll pay more for it than you paid for it. Just sayin.
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post #36 of 67 Old 02-01-2013, 05:42 PM
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If it is, indeed, a Specialized (and I'm almost certain it is), the you found yourself the steal of a lifetime and make me sick that I didn't find it first :P

Not even kidding, I would have bought that saddle in less than a heartbeat, even if I didn't have a horse.
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i think guys are to spread out to to just copy another endurance rider. Simple matter of anatomy
Please explain? I'm utterly confused.
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I will definitely keep that in mind. However, as far as my budget goes, this saddle fits in nicely right now. If I bought one of the newer saddles, I'd have to wait a month or two. I can swing this one right now with my tax money.

I will keep my eyes open for you guys. Like I said, these rich people don't know what they want. It's ridiculous. I find nice quality western stuff tossed in the back of a pile and priced for nothing because they don't know/care about western. I'm loving it.

I will have to buy a new girth though as well as the shims as a regular dressage girth doesn't have wide enough buckles to work on this saddle well.

In either case, I'm going to be buying the saddle I think. Either for me or as a resale, but probably I will be keeping it.
Thanks guys!! I'm really stoked. FINALLY something is working right these days. LOL. Last year was a crap chute and a half. 2013 is looking up.

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Haha well good for you ;) Hey, I just got my saddle from PH and it should arrive here on Monday, so we can both test them out and hope our saddle woes are over! Though, I didn't save $1k on mine like you did.

There is a yahoo group for specialized saddles - I recommend joining it. Also, I would contact someone familiar with Specialized Saddles specifically ASAP about getting the saddle fitted. You're still going to be getting an incredible deal after you pay for the extra things, though.
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Haha well good for you ;) Hey, I just got my saddle from PH and it should arrive here on Monday, so we can both test them out and hope our saddle woes are over! Though, I didn't save $1k on mine like you did.

There is a yahoo group for specialized saddles - I recommend joining it. Also, I would contact someone familiar with Specialized Saddles specifically ASAP about getting the saddle fitted. You're still going to be getting an incredible deal after you pay for the extra things, though.

Ah! That's right! You owe me pics of your new saddle too! I am not really familiar with the Yahoo groups. Could you possibly send me a link? Either here or through PM. I am doing some research right now the specialized saddles, but that would be way helpful if I could actually talk to people about it.

Maybe there is someone in the area that could help me fit it.
That would be nice.

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