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post #1 of 7 Old 08-30-2013, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Check the fit on this Courbette?

So, I scored this find last night... a beautiful lightly used/ new old stock Courbette Stylist saddle. I know it will need reflocking to sit level, but otherwise, how the fit look? I felt no bridging, and it looked good to me and the BO, but I like lots of opinions I also just noticed that I missed getting a photo straight on of the front, I can get one tomorrow when I ride it for the first time. There was adequate wither clearance, though it is hard to tell from these shots. Sorry in advance for the large number of pics.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-30-2013, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Ah sorry guys, I should have given you a mug shot of the equine in question, just cause I know these things are critical to fit issues
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Also sorry for the rotation of the images, I wasn't feeling up to uploading to Photobucket to rotate and link from there. I'm lazy on Friday nights...
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-02-2013, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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bump guys? I took it out for a spin and just loved how it sat- so easy to feel every movement Conner made, and it felt like he was really feeling me too. W/T/C felt smooth and free, no immediate notice that the saddle was affecting him. I'll ride several more times over the rest of the week, and keep you all updated. Anybody see any fit issues that I need to be aware of?

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But won't you fall off when you're hanging upside-down???? Sorry - just couldn't resist.

I like the fit in the front. It seems to match the shoulders pretty good. I also like that the pommel is slightly lower than the cantle.

What I really don't like is the back of the panels. It looks like there's very little contact between the panels and your horse's back at the hind end of the saddle. What contact there is is at a point - not laying flat against his back. This means that most of your weight is being borne by the front half of the saddle, which puts a lot of pressure up front. It looks like the saddle may be more banana-shaped than your horse is, and that your horse also has a flatter back than this saddle is meant for. If you have good, even contact though the rest of the saddle, and it's just the last couple of inches that aren't making good contact, it might not be too serious.

Love he saddle though - I'm a big fan of flat, low-profile saddles that let you feel the horse.

I'm not a professional, just someone who's been taught the importance of saddle-fit since I was a little girl, so I've kept an eye out for a saddle's fit for many many years. Hopefully some of the pros will chime in too.
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if it's reflocked in the back, it might fit better there. The angle of the back panels looks like it doesn't match the back so wel.
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-03-2013, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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You guys are spot on about those back panels- they do need reflocking. They match pretty well right up until the very last bit, and that's a bit off. It was something that I noticed when I was taking the pictures.

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-06-2013, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I got in contact with a fitter, who told me it is not possible to reflock, as older Courbettes have foam flocking. I had no idea that they used foam back then! It's got nice, bright clean wool at the err, stuffing place? What do you call those little points officially? I would have never guessed... Well, this is an expensive lesson, now I've got to make a decision about what to do... And I so loved the way it rode T_T
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