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    08-10-2009, 11:16 PM
  #1
Yearling
Dressage Saddles?

So I have been riding the same horse for a while- and most likely will continue to do so unless the barn sells him- and a couple people who I ride with fit a dressage saddle to the school horse they ride and/or lease and it is their personal saddle. I'm tired of trying to ride dressage in Thumper's all-purpose saddle (possibly even a jumping saddle? Lol) and would like to someday invest in a dressage saddle. I'm looking for things in a price range of around $1000, give or take a little or a lot depending on quality, etc. Does anyone have reviews or suggestions about what some good saddles are? I'll post a couple that I've seen, but keep in mind that I know nothing whatsoever about saddle fitting, what a good dressage saddle would be, etc. This is a learning experience for me :). I've been riding dressage for 7 years and have not yet figured out what a good saddle is for dressage . So basically anything related to this would be helpful. All about saddle fitting, too .

Here are two I've seen...

Circuit Dressage Saddle:
A beautiful and correct dressage saddle available exclusively at Dover Saddlery. This dressage saddle has a soft supportive seat and a properly shaped knee roll to help the rider maintain correct position. (description)
(this one has a 3-day test ride- Dover Saddlery)
(Dover Saddlery - Quality English Horse Tack & Horse Supplies for the Equestrian.)

Henri De Rivel Dressage Saddle:
Anatomically shaped designed special envelop flocked panel that makes this saddle easy to fit and maintain. Features symmetrically controlled wooden spring tree with Lifetime Warranty, high quality French calfskin leather with long lasting channel stitching, generous thigh block concealed by an elegant long padded flap to give the rider both support and a close contact feel.

(Horse Tack, Horse & Equine Supplies - Statelinetack.com)


Thanks in advance!
     
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    08-11-2009, 11:18 AM
  #2
Green Broke
The links you posted do not go to the saddles directly.

There are three different HDR Dressage saddles.
Henri De Rivel Paris Dressage Saddle - Statelinetack.com
Henri De Rivel Dressage Saddle - Statelinetack.com
Henri de Rivel Pro Buffalo Dressage - Statelinetack.com

I assume you mean the second above, though the third is cheaper and better quality than the second. HDR saddles are decent, mid-range saddles. The Pro and above lines are decent and about the same quality and construction as the Dover Circuit saddles.

Circuit Dressage Saddle - Dover Saddlery.

Either would be a fine choice for you, but tree size is an issue for the horse that you ride. Since he's not your horse, buying a fixed-tree saddle might not be a good idea. You may end up leasing a different horse in the future, or buying your own. That is something you should keep in mind.

Wintec has some nice saddles that have changeable gullets, that give more flexibility to fit. They are perfectly suitable for showing in, at any level, and might be a better option for you. I'd suggest demoing the saddles to find out which one you like riding in best and which one fits your boy best. They are all in your price range.
Wintec Isabell Dressage Saddle - Dover Saddlery.
Wintec Pro Dressage Saddle with CAIR Panels - Dover Saddlery.
Wintec 500 Dressage II Saddle with CAIR - Dover Saddlery.
http://www.doversaddlery.com/wintec-...1-15628/cn/94/

Thorowgood would be another option. They have a changeable gullet and are nicely made saddles.
http://www.doversaddlery.com/thorowg...1-15754/cn/94/

Your other option would be buying used. You can find a VERY nice used Dressage saddle for around $1,000. Some Kieffer models have trees that can be adjusted by a qualified saddle fitter, should you end up with another horse in the future. County, Albion, Passier, and Stubben all make excellent Dressage saddles that you should be able to find your price range.

With buying used, it's best to buy from a consignment shop (online or in your area) that has a trial policy, so you can be sure the saddle fits your horse and is comfortable for you. Many shops can look at wither tracings and help determine which of their saddles would be the best fit. If you're interested in going that route, I can give you a list of online shops that will work with you.
     
    08-11-2009, 06:12 PM
  #3
Yearling
Sorry- I didn't mean to make them into links- I just typed the website name to show where I saw them. Sorry if it made it really confusing :). Thanks for the help! I should have mentioned, also, that I am trying to steer clear of synthetic saddles (most, at least) because I personally don't like how they feel to ride in. There's a used tack shop near me that I could go to. I'd love a list of online shops! I'm still saving, and will be for a while, so I'll have some time to look around. Thanks again for the reply.
     
    08-13-2009, 07:54 PM
  #4
Yearling
Could you give me some links to the online shops? I've been looking on Craigslist but there aren't that many in my area. Question: What are the sizings for saddles? I don't know that much about saddle fitting, which is why I don't plan on buying a saddle right now. I want to make sure I understand completely what I am looking at and what I am looking for.
     
    08-14-2009, 12:28 AM
  #5
Green Broke
I just saw this and I'm about to pass out, lol. I'll write more tomorrow.

I like saddlsource.com, usedsaddles.com, and bcsaddlery.com for used saddles. All have trial policies and will help with wither tracings too.
     
    08-15-2009, 07:55 PM
  #6
Yearling
Okay, thank you so much!
     
    08-15-2009, 08:09 PM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by anrz    
Could you give me some links to the online shops? I've been looking on Craigslist but there aren't that many in my area. Question: What are the sizings for saddles? I don't know that much about saddle fitting, which is why I don't plan on buying a saddle right now. I want to make sure I understand completely what I am looking at and what I am looking for.
For sizing, it really depends on the horse. Most "English" horses will go in Medium to Wide tree saddles (30-32 cm Stubben), but different brands will run/fit differently. A medium in one may fit but you might need a wide in another. That is why it's important to have a shop that can evaluate wither tracings and photos help you. A local saddle fitter is a great asset as well, once you find one that you think is "just right".

If you're using other people's saddles right now, find the one (or two) that you like riding in most and take some pictures for us. Put the saddle on the horse, no pad, lightly girthed. Take a side photo, a 3/4 front angle (showing the WHOLE shoulder, so we can see how the front of the saddle lays against it), and a rear photo (stand on a stool if you need to). We can tell you if it looks like a good fit, or not. So you can better evaluate potential saddles, and have a compareson to give to the saddle shop.
     
    08-16-2009, 12:48 AM
  #8
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by anrz    
So I have been riding the same horse for a while- and most likely will continue to do so unless the barn sells him- and a couple people who I ride with fit a dressage saddle to the school horse they ride and/or lease and it is their personal saddle. I'm tired of trying to ride dressage in Thumper's all-purpose saddle (possibly even a jumping saddle? Lol) and would like to someday invest in a dressage saddle. I'm looking for things in a price range of around $1000, give or take a little or a lot depending on quality, etc. Does anyone have reviews or suggestions about what some good saddles are?

I have an old Collegiate Jessica Dressage saddle...it's ok. Very middle of the road, ok, nothing great about it except it fits me horse perfectly so I keep it around. I found a Courbette Galant "Grand Prix" on ebay in the size I needed on ebay in perfect condition for well under $1000. It has the spring tree and is made beautifully. It's a treat to ride in - I love it and highly recommend it. This is what it looks like:

Courbette Sadddlery Company, Inc. Galant Grand Prix Dressage

I've seen them around on ebay, though not all the time. It took me some hunting and patience. It's a wonderful saddle.
     
    08-25-2009, 01:51 AM
  #9
Foal
Stubben Scandica Dressage Saddle and All Purpose Saddle

I have a Stubben Scandica DL Dressage saddle for sale at $995.00, it is a 31.5cm tree and a 17.5" seat. I love the saddle, it has large knee/thigh rolls and elk hide leather knee rolls that is wonderful and if fits a ton of horses. I have also a Stubben Scandica VSD all purpose 18" 32cm tree that is also wonderful. The saddles are so comfortable and the leather quality is excellent in this line of Stubben saddles. Both are black. If I went back into dressage I would buy another one but haven't ridden dressage in a few years so I am selling both of these saddle, but I can't say enough good about the Scandica saddles. C.


     
    08-26-2009, 07:06 PM
  #10
Foal
I can vouch for the Stubben Dressage saddle. I just bought one off ebay and although it was a med/narrow, it fit my TB very well. I have a Stubben jumping saddle, but I love this one so much more. The seat is completely "sticky" (as compared to the slick surface of the Edelweiss). You can find a lot of good deals out there in this economy.
     

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