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    09-28-2010, 11:22 PM
Best Eventing Saddle?

Need your advice on saddles. I want to get an eventing or A/P now and then save up again and get a dressage saddle.
I'm looking for something with an adjustable gullet or something similar since I ride many different horses and seem to be leasing a new one every few months. I need to stay preferably under 1k if possible.

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    09-29-2010, 12:24 PM
Green Broke
Collegiate Convertible Senior Event saddle :) VERY cushy and comfy and nice deep seat! I have one and was actually selling it recently but took it down because I decided to just keep it lol! You can find them some places new for $749.99! ( This local tack shop, Big Dee's, had them on sale for awhile, not sure if they still do but there's the website.
    09-29-2010, 12:26 PM
Green Broke
Oh and the gullet is changeable and very easy to switch out...uses the same system Wintec does so if you already have a Wintec measure thingie you can measure your horse and find out what gullet "color" the horse needs :) It comes with the black "regular/medium" gullet since that fits most horses. My horse was the "blue" medium-wide gullet at first, then lost some weight and toned up and is now the regular black medium gullet...they're only like $20 each in the tack stores so really affordable to change them!
    09-29-2010, 12:27 PM
Green Broke
Here's close up pics of mine, a used one...this was in a thread where I was advertising it on here awhile ago, before I decided just to keep it for now. :)

16.5" Collegiate Convertible Senior Event saddle!!
    09-29-2010, 05:03 PM
Ooh, I like the looks of that and it's definitely in my price range. I'll go see if we have one at the saddle shop by the barn :) Thanks!
    09-29-2010, 05:56 PM
I like the new Pessoa Gen-X forward flap. Seat's not too deep, not too shallow. A little more than the Collegiate, but it has really nice balance to it. They're around $1325 I think.
    09-29-2010, 05:59 PM
Hmm. That's still not a bad price. Does it have a gullet system that you know of?
    09-29-2010, 07:04 PM
Yes, the X part is for their new interchangeable gullet system. They just came out with this Gen X model over the summer in sizes 16.5 & 17. I've been waiting for the 17.5 to come out all summer. I wish they'd get on with it. It's sooooo comfy and the balance is fantastic.
    09-29-2010, 07:22 PM
Thanks! :)
    09-29-2010, 08:44 PM
I would try out a number of saddles, they all will position you differently and will fit differently on your horse.

Do not get fooled into believing that one saddle will fit all shapes and sizes of horses just because you can change the width of the tree. Just because you can change the width of the tree, doesn't mean the shape of the tree will change, nor will the gullet width, nor will the panels.

Be aware of that.

Try on as many saddles as you can on the horse to ensure proper fit. Make sure you get in the saddles to make sure that it works for your body type and puts you in the correct position.

There is the Wintec All Purpose. This one has a very strait tree. A Narrow channel and gusseted panels. Then there is the Wintec CC. This one still has a narrow channel, flatter panels and has a bit more curve to the tree. The Collegiate Convertible Diploma has a nice and wider channel, the panels are flat and has an arch to the tree *cc*. The Collegiate Convertible Senior Event *A/P* saddle is a very strait tree. Unsure of the Collegiate Convertible Varsity *cc*, The Collegiate Convertible Alumni.

Remember, there is no such thing as one saddle fits all. Regardless if you can change the gullets to accomodate the withers. Also, if you accomodate the withers, you change the way the saddle rests on the horse back, and can now not be accomodating the ribs and the back.

I would definitely have a professional saddle maker/fitter help you out.

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