Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I ride in the Harry Dabbs Origional Event Saddle - I love it, very comfortable and it works great for Nelson and I.
My Coach has the Vega and she loves it - but you have to go with what works for you and your horse.
There are a wide range of saddles out there, and what works for me, may not for you. What fits my horse, may not fit yours.
I too, greatly dislike the Stubben saddle. I dislike the gullet channel width - very narrow, which puts a lot of pressure on the muscles around the spine and the spine, not allowing the horses back to work and develop.
My best suggestion to you, is to hire a professional saddle maker/fitter to come out and work with you. A good one will bring out a truck/van full of saddles for you to work with, and will help you choose what is the best fit for both you and your horse.
They will not only measure and work with your horses back, but they will measure and work with your body type. Watch you ride and see how you work in the saddle and how your horse works in the saddle.
A good one costs around $75 - $100+.
Best of luck!