I'm having the most difficult time finding a saddle to fit my paint mare. When I first got her, I had her in a Stubben Siegfried (German made), which I loved. Unfortunately, with the much needed weight she is putting on, she has quickly outgrown it. I called a saddlefitter out to try about six saddles I had borrowed and, just as luck would have it, none of them fit. He suggested the Black Country Ricochet, which brand new is out of my budget. He also suggested the Collegiate Senior Eventer since it has the changeable gullet system. He Ďthinksí sheís a MW (good old QH genes). Considering my mare is just five years old and her back is ever-changing Iím definitely looking to buy a used, quality saddle with good resale value since I may have to revisit this whole saddle buying process in the future. I ride English doing equal amounts of arena work and trail riding, but strictly for pleasure. If I ever do venture into jumping, itíll be nothing more than a foot or so. Right now Iím trialing a used County Pro Fit #4 but itís too wide and is bridging. Iím going to try the #3 fit in the following week to see if itís any better, so the jury is still out on the Pro Fit.
So for my questions....
With a budget of anything around or under $1000, does anyone know of a saddle comparable to the Ricochet? Even used they are still thousands. Buying a new Collegiate Senior Eventer is within my budget but Iím not sure about the quality, so anyone with any experience with the Collegiate, please advise! All purpose and close contact saddles preferably.
Also, I was perusing the County website for their fitting guidance and came across their wither descriptions. If it helps, sheís got a similar wither to the one in this photo. Not high/shark-like, but tapers a bit.
I will try however many saddles it takes, so any feedback and/or experience with these brands is much appreciated!!