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  • Dressage saddle sitting trot leather vrs synthetic
  • Problems with an over wide dressage saddle tree on a horse

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    12-01-2012, 04:23 PM
  #1
Weanling
Question dressage saddles

I've been thinking about getting a dressage saddle for a while. I really don't want to spend a ton since I will still mostly ride in my western saddle.

I was thinking about a synthetic. Would that be a completely waste of money?

Also, I've seen some that have a flexi tree? What exactly is that? The description of one saddle said it had a wide tree but it also stated:

"Flexible ponits allow your horse free shoulder movement- Moveable knee blocks help maintain leg position and allow rider to customize fit-Shaped buckle guard protects underside of saddle.- Lifetime flexible saddle tree is precison molded and steel reinforced to position rider over horse's center of balance"
     
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    12-01-2012, 04:27 PM
  #2
Trained
Honestly - and I have a synthetic dressage saddle - you're better off getting a quality older leather dressage saddle second hand. An older Stubben or Kieffer perhaps. The Bates Caprilli dressages are just lovely too.

The synthetic models that are available aren't that great... yeah sure there's the Wintec Isabell which some people love [mine is a cheap copy of the Isabell] but you know a lot of people HATE them too. A Western rider might find themselves right at home just with the very deep bucket seat and the fact that in an Isabell, you HAVE to ride with super-long stirrups or it causes problems... I am a very casual rider and I hate mine... it just does odd things to my position and I can't for the life of me sit the trot in it, or get my leg on in trot or canter!

I really REALLY want a Black Country dressage saddle, or a KN, or something like that, but when the Black Country retails at almost $4000 new and the KN is easily $3500 SECOND HAND, not in this lifetime... [we are talking Aussie prices though, here in Aus it's actually cheaper to import from the USA even taking into account occasionally exorbitant shipping fees!]
     
    12-01-2012, 04:42 PM
  #3
Yearling
This is what the blurb means:

Flexible points allow your horse free shoulder movement - this usually means the tree points have a bit of leather tacked onto the ends. It makes it easier to slide them into the point pockets LOL. Okay - it also means the usually square ends of the points are less likely to dig in.

Moveable knee blocks help maintain leg position and allow rider to customize fit - The knee-rolls velcro on. That's fine.

Shaped buckle guard protects underside of saddle. Just stops the girth buckles rubbing through the flap. Standard fitting on many saddles

Lifetime flexible saddle tree is precison molded and steel reinforced to position rider over horse's center of balance" - Injection-moulded plastic tree with a steel gullet plate. That's fine - the tree 'flexes' only to the same degree as a traditional wooden spring tree. Don't expect it to adapt to the horse's shape, though, because it won't. And the 'centre of balance' thing is
Just advertising-speak because the saddle has to sit level on the horse first - if it doesn't the rider can never sit 'in the centre of balance' ;)

Hope that helps :)
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    12-01-2012, 10:03 PM
  #4
Weanling
Thanks, guys!
     
    12-01-2012, 11:30 PM
  #5
Yearling
I don't show dressage so I'm no real expert. I like to play around with it and have always done so in my AP Stubben. But I have always wanted to ride a dressage saddle and finally got lucky enough to win an older brown Crosby dressage saddle on Ebay for $299. I figured if I didn't like it I could just relist it. Lets just say there is no way I'm giving that saddle back up. I absolutely love it. It's nice and deep and I feel more secure in it than my Stubben, which is hard for me to admit because I love my Stubbens. I don't really have any other dressage saddle experiences to compare this Crosby to except for an older Beim Kloster Schontahl and although this is also a nice saddle, I'd pick the Crosby over it hands down. Oh and I've actually completely given my thoroughbred cross his head on our makeshift track in it and felt totally secure. So not bad for $299. :)
     
    12-02-2012, 08:37 AM
  #6
Weanling
I absoloutley love my wintec 500 dressage. It's comfortable, functional, and easy to clean! The easy-change gullets worked for me, and the saddle fit everyone I have ever tried except for a very hollowed back, shark fin withers standardbred (who never fit any saddle)
     
    12-04-2012, 11:11 AM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
Honestly - and I have a synthetic dressage saddle - you're better off getting a quality older leather dressage saddle second hand. An older Stubben or Kieffer perhaps. The Bates Caprilli dressages are just lovely too.

The synthetic models that are available aren't that great... yeah sure there's the Wintec Isabell which some people love [mine is a cheap copy of the Isabell] but you know a lot of people HATE them too. A Western rider might find themselves right at home just with the very deep bucket seat and the fact that in an Isabell, you HAVE to ride with super-long stirrups or it causes problems... I am a very casual rider and I hate mine... it just does odd things to my position and I can't for the life of me sit the trot in it, or get my leg on in trot or canter!

I really REALLY want a Black Country dressage saddle, or a KN, or something like that, but when the Black Country retails at almost $4000 new and the KN is easily $3500 SECOND HAND, not in this lifetime... [we are talking Aussie prices though, here in Aus it's actually cheaper to import from the USA even taking into account occasionally exorbitant shipping fees!]

I agree. On Ebay there are hundreds of dressage saddles, used like new, used, etc, for a fraction of the price, and you are getting a much better quality saddle. Besides, if you stick to the good names, you can resell it and get your money back, if cheated, Paypal will protect you.
     
    12-04-2012, 12:17 PM
  #8
Super Moderator
In ten seconds on Ebay I found this:

County Dressage Saddle | eBay

This saddle will probly go for around 300? I don't know for sure.

You need to know your horse's tree size, basic shape type and your seat size.

Some saddles are better for long flat backed, and some for more rounded backs.
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    12-04-2012, 01:43 PM
  #9
Yearling
Yup and actually the buy it now on that one is 120 so if you went for that right now and even with shipping, in less than a week, you'd have a nice reliable English made dressage saddle right on your front porch for right at $150. Not a bad deal.
     

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