Well, I am actually a saddleseat rider who switched from APs to CCs for hunt seat flat riding b/c I mostly could not stand all that AP bulk, lol. So I don't jump. But I have a long thigh, and that gives me some of the same probs trying to find a cc that I likes. I finally settled on the Stubben Edleweiss CS as perfect for me. Forward flap but short. Twist is perfect, too. Too many ccs had a real narrow twist that was uncomfortable for me.
Yes that's the HDR Pro cc XL that I posted. If you read reviews of it online at tackreview.com, you'll see complaints that HDRs are too forward in the flap. I wasn't wild about that particular saddle. Based on what I know fits me now, I'd probably get along better with a Rivella. That particular HDR has a wide twist. And no a really well defined sweet spot that I could find. The seat just felt odd, like I was perched on top of it and it wasn't helping me any. The girl I sold it to loves it. The Collegiate Laureate didn't have a wide twist but was another saddle that felt odd to me b/c I also couldn't find the sweet spot in that seat, although it looks like it ought to have one if you look at it from the side. You just have to try them and see what fits you anatomy, I guess.
The Camelot didn't seem all that much farther forward to me. If it works, you could have a saddler add Velcro for $75 or so and then use $40 Bates leather covered blocks as knee blocks.
Haven't seen or tried a Toulouse. Search posts at Horse Grooming Forum. They were discussed a few times there.
Lots of the newer saddles are really soft leather that you need to use breeches with because it won't hold up to jeans. The Collegiate Diploma is really soft and "scuffy" like that.
Since your Collegiate is a 17", I'd say don't go below that b/c 1) a 16.5" is more more difficult to resell fast without taking a loss, 17" is a real popular size, and 2) you are tall and if you gain weight or change as you get older, then you'll want the extra length. 17" looks right for you now. 17.5" might be more future-proof.
Last edited by Tack Collector; 01-25-2010 at 03:34 PM.