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    03-17-2011, 07:43 PM
When I have a horse likely to take me */** and some money I want to get a custom Stackhouse or an Antares. My coach has both and her barn manager has a custom Stackhouse and I absolutely love both the brands, though I think I prefer the Stackhouse. Ugh, so nice.

With your choices, I'd go for the Vega. Not a fan of Stubben saddles myself.
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    03-17-2011, 07:55 PM
Originally Posted by JackofDiamonds    
For XC deffinatley would recommend a Bates Elevation, I love mine! It has front and and back leg blocks and a deeper seat than a average jumping saddle. It also has a choice between cair and flock. I adore it!
I bought the Bates and owned it just long enough to find out that it pitched me forward. I ended up with a Pessoa GenX. Fits me waaay better. OP, whatever you buy, make sure it fits you.
    03-18-2011, 12:25 AM
I have a trainers pro delux, I use it for xc and showjumping and for a while, dressage too :)
I'm sooo sad that I will possibly have to sell it as it may never fit my young horse because marco is really narrow but ozzie is really broad and wide. So I will have to sell that one and get another (if possible) and have it fitted to marco.
If not I would be looking at bates or even ascot but don't want mono flap.
    03-18-2011, 05:17 AM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
I bought the Bates and owned it just long enough to find out that it pitched me forward. I ended up with a Pessoa GenX. Fits me waaay better. OP, whatever you buy, make sure it fits you.

See I think it's personal preference, I love bates. I own a bates caprilli dressage, a bates elevation, and a bates close contact.. And I really love them. I find it puts me in the perfect position..
    03-18-2011, 01:23 PM
My point exactly - it all depends on your body type and your horses body shape.

What 1 saddle works for one person, that same saddle does not for another. That is why it is very important for the person looking, to try tons of saddles. I suggest having a Professional Saddle Maker/Fitter come out and help guide and ensure that the saddle is the perfect fit for both horse and rider.
    03-18-2011, 01:39 PM
I agree on Stubben - I always feel like sitting on rock! But I didn't like Bates either to be honest (just tried one in Dover recently). So really up to the person!

County are very nice as well as Albion. And I'd LOVE to own Black Country (I've heard their Quantum is awesome).
    03-18-2011, 01:49 PM
MIE, is your Harry Dabbs foam or flocked? I looked at one this week (I'm on hunt), but it says "foam". I know they differ from model to model though.
    03-18-2011, 01:58 PM
Haha, I love that other people dislike stubbens too! The new ones with the weird seats might be nice, but the old ones are rock hard!

My vote is for the monoflap! They're fun
    03-18-2011, 02:05 PM
Mine is Foam. I just had a Professional Saddle Maker/Fitter come out this winter to assess the fit on Nelson and to assess me, and she fully examined that saddle through and through - it is a used saddle, and I've had it for almost 2 years now, and she said it is in excellant condition and shape.

I asked her if I had to get it reflocked, and she told me she was surprised with how well the foam flocking holds up and lasts, for how old it is and how used it is - so the foam flocking does hold up very well. I don't have to get it re-stuffed.

She appraised my saddle at $1,200.00 - and that's used!
    03-18-2011, 02:37 PM
I bought a Bates Momentum this past October and loooooove it! Especially with the suede seat, the security is amazing. I don't think they make the ones with suede anymore, though...

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