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post #1 of 9 Old 05-21-2009, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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English saddle?

I'm getting a new saddle (!) and I'm just wondering what kind I should get. Right now, I have a no-brand saddle that isn't very comfy, but it's working. I got it for $75 and am planning on selling it after I get my new one.

Price...well, I don't really have a budget right now, because I'm saving and I just need to set a goal, but preferably nothing over $1000. I do need to feed my horse :)

I'd rather not buy a Pessoa, unless it's an old one, because I heard that they're decreasing their quality. Have y'all heard that? Okay, just let me know of what y'all have and like! I know it's more of a personal desicion, but it helps to know what other people like and dislike!


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post #2 of 9 Old 05-21-2009, 06:29 PM
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It all depends on how much you're willing to spend. If you're not too picky with the style, I'd suggest buying a nice used saddle. You can get a good deal but still have a comfy saddle. I'm not really familiar with a lot of brands, so I can't help you there... but for me, an all-purpose English saddle with nice, squishy knee rolls (lol) and a deep seat serves its purpose well. The nice thing about used saddles, is that with a little leather cleaner and TLC it'll look as good as new. As well, it will be well broken in and comfortable!

Good luck in your search!

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Maybe a Bates??? Or a Beval saddle on consignment???

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What I highly suggest is hireing a Professional Saddle Maker/Fitter to come out and help you with your decision - you'll kill two birds with one stone this way as well.

- Majority come out with a van full of saddles

This way, you'll beable to try on these saddles to see how they fit you, work for you and your horse at the same time.

What you need to do - is try a bunch of different saddles because what one person may like, another wont.

Every saddle is shaped differntly to accomodate body types - and everyone has different body types. Same with horses.

Also, I would never buy a saddle without it being assess by a professional first. Many manufactured saddles on the market today are made to fit the withers, not the horses back.

So when you have the help of an educated eye, you will beable to make your decision knowing you are getting the right type for you and for your horse.
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I would DEF do the Dover test riding thing. I LOVE Stubbens! They are the best! And Wintecs are amazing too!

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Originally Posted by StormyBlues View Post
I would DEF do the Dover test riding thing. I LOVE Stubbens! They are the best! And Wintecs are amazing too!
I loved the new bates saddle but its so expensive!

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Well, first for saddles, make sure to try them on for you and your horse and like MIEventer said, make sure to have a professional help you. Most trainers can help fit a saddle to the rider, but are not trained in fully and properly fitting the saddle to the horse.

That said, as for brands, there are a few I've had experience with. Personally I prefer the Bates, especially the basic Caprilli CC more so than the newer ones. Either way, I highly recommend going with either a dressage saddle or CC saddle, and not an AP. I find most APs in an effort to blend the two styles, put the rider in a chair seat and off balance.

I'm not a fan of either Pessoa or Stubben, as the Pessoa's are just okay quality and you're paying more for a name than quality. Even their new gullet change system in my opinion w/o the CAIR is just sub-par. The Stubbens are better quality and will last forever, however they tend to be stiff and the flocking I've had issues with in the past. However please note that that was an older Stubben and I can not speak to the newer models by personal experience. I always prefer Bates. Wintecs are also nice, if you are okay with the synthetic. They are great for schooling, eventing and trail riding and are super low maintenence which I love, but personally I'm a leather girl ;)

Good luck - and make sure to have a professional saddle fitter check the fit of your saddle!

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post #8 of 9 Old 05-22-2009, 05:25 PM
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CJ82SKY and I always reply to these posts, haha. I also have a Bates and I loooooove it. And you can find some on eBay cheaper than what you would buy a new one for. I agree that you should have some help when picking out your new saddle, but we don't have any saddle makers/fitters locally that can do what MIEventer is talking about. Most of our tack shops won't let you do a trial run either. I have also heard great things about Collegiates. Of course, Bevals are always a great brand....at least the higher end ones are. I had a lower end one and it was crap. Another brand to possibly check out is the Thornhill 24k Platinum saddle. My trainer has this and I was thinking about buying one before I won my Bates. They run around $1,700 but again, eBay is the best.

Good luck!
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post #9 of 9 Old 05-23-2009, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Wow guys, thanks!

I'm really going to try to get a professional to come out and help me, but that might be hard. There aren't any around where I live that I know of, but I asked my friend if she knew and she said she'd keep an eye out.

What do y'all think about this?
17" Collegiate RD Close Contact/ Jumping Saddle - eBay (item 150344783746 end time May-24-09 18:15:00 PDT)

I'm still going to try and get a fitter, but I'm just thinking of brands and types right now.


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