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    02-04-2012, 05:45 PM
I've also looked into Collegiates. I have one that I love, but it's an eventing saddle and not suitable for competetive jumping. My friend, I believe, has the Convertible Alumni....I found this one used for $800, what do you think of it?
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    02-05-2012, 02:59 PM
I paid a visit to the local [super overpriced] tack shop today to try out their selection of MTs. I must say, I'm very disappointed. I tried different sizes in Annice, Denisse, Legano, Premia, Noelle, and Padjette, and they all seemed to put me in a chair seat. The Lucia II and Legano fit much better than the rest, but they only had a 17" in the Lucia, which was too small. I think I'll order a trial on the Lucia II from I also tried a few Stubbens, and again, major chair seat! **** long femur. Just for kicks, I tried a Passier dressage saddle and am absolutely in love with it. Suchh a nice saddle. My goal is to sell my too-big and too-small dressage saddles and buy a Passier used.
    02-05-2012, 05:03 PM
^^ I never had it with my MT (but I didn't try the models you mentioned, and yes, Claudine is not common - I got it in my local tack store and they had only one in stock), but yes, Stubben puts me in chair seat position too for some reason - I tried several (Collegiate as well BTW). Passier is very nice though. :)
    02-05-2012, 05:41 PM
Hopefully one of the two saddles works out; I've asked if I can trial both and send back whichever I don't want.
    02-06-2012, 12:48 PM
The Gladstone is one of Beval's lower quality saddles. Its made in Argentina. I would look at the Salem if you can :) I have a Beval LTD 2 I love!
    02-06-2012, 02:30 PM
I just bought the Stubben Roxanne and love it, love it, love it! And so does my horse. Once I found the right stirrup length, it naturally puts me in the best, most secure seat I've every had. Tried an MT and it was horrible - worst saddle I've sat in. Collegiates are nice, fairly reasonable and easy to find used.

You'll find that sitting in a saddle in a shop sans irons is completely different from sitting in it on a horse with irons. I ultimately picked my saddle by having a Stubben fitter come out, fit my horse and then having me ride in about 8 different saddles until I found "the one". SmartPak has a great Test Ride program that lets you actually ride in the saddle on your horse for up to a week before buying. Best part is you don't pay shipping either way so you're out nothing if you get a lemon that you hate. That's how I tried the MT. I highly recommend trying it out.
    02-06-2012, 08:40 PM
I've decided against the Beval; the seller seemed very scketchy and I didn't trust the situation.

I would love to find a local tack fitter and have them come out with a bunch of saddles, but I haven't had any luck in finding one local yet. I'm leaning more towards the Legano because it is more of a jumper/eventer saddle, and I've heard the Lucia II maxes out at around 3ft. The site I was planning to buy from only has a 17" in the Legano, however, and I think I need a 17.5 for my long leg. Thanks for the suggestion re Smartpak; I might just try a trial from them first!
    02-06-2012, 10:11 PM
I have a Collegiate Diploma and I ADORE it. If you've got a long femur though, I'd recommend the Collegiate Alumni, or the Bates Caprilli CC. I've never ridden in the Alumni but it looks like it would fit a longer thighed rider well. When I was saddle shopping I rode in my coach's Bates Caprilli, and found it REALLY comfortable. My only qualm was that it seemed to put me in a chair seat, but after reading some reviews I found that that seemed to be a recurring issue in riders with short thighs & long calves like myself. :) I really loved the saddle besides that and would recommend you give it a try if you can!

Also, for the record, I find the Caprilli CC runs a little bit big, just a coach's 16" fits more like a 16.5", another one at my barn is 16.5" but fits like a 17". Just something to keep in mind :) I can send you a picture of my own Collegiate Diploma that I adore, if you'd like! They're very similar saddles.
    02-07-2012, 04:40 PM
Sure, I'd like to see a picture of it. Thanks!

I was obsessed with the Caprilli for a while; I'd read great reviews and found one at a great price. However, the seller wouldn't let me trial it, so I couldn't buy it without a trial.
    02-07-2012, 10:57 PM
These are the best pictures I've got of it at the moment...I'll try to get some better ones whenever I get a chance if needbe. :)
What kind of back are you shopping for? I know the Caprilli and my Diploma fit basically the exact same. My boy's got a very wide barrel + back, and basically no withers...LOL. His weight fluctuates too when I can't ride as much in the winter so I find the interchangeable gullet is really useful in that situation. as promised. If you'd like some more of it on him or of his back or anything let me know :)


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