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post #1 of 13 Old 12-25-2013, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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english saddle question

Can someone please explain what "collegiate" means. I bought my son a used english saddle. It's a Lynn Palm, 16 1/2, collegiate, & has ART 6547 stamped on the flap. I can't find any info online about it

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post #2 of 13 Old 12-25-2013, 11:18 PM
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Collegiate is a brand, maybe it's a Lynn Palm model Collegiate saddle?
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post #3 of 13 Old 12-25-2013, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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OH! I thought it refered to a style. I have so much to learn about english!

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post #4 of 13 Old 12-27-2013, 01:38 PM
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Sully is on the right track.

The manufacturer of the saddle is Collegiate.
The style is a Lynn Palm, then the sub style is close contact jumping saddle.

Lynn Palm is a recognized name in the horse industry, quarter horse more than any place else.
Lynn endorses product lines and has her "name" put on them if she does any sales or tweaking of the product line to suit her and her riding style.
Lynn endorses many lines and kinds of products, all the trainers and "names" do. They receive $$ for allowing companies to use their name, receive product for free which can be worth hundreds of thousands over the course of a sponsorship time.
Right now she is endorsing another saddle line {forgot who, sorry} but sure isn't a saddle that I would say mom was putting under the tree to easily...about 3x the cost of a new Collegiate last I saw.

Collegiate brand saddles are nice quality and will last a long time with care and use not abuse. My friend has one now for 18+ years and still rides a few days a week in it...comfortable, looks good and held its shape in the tree, no issues.

If you bought a good condition used saddle you did well mom. Good investment...it should hold its value as long as your son takes care of it.

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post #5 of 13 Old 12-27-2013, 02:03 PM
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Yup, Collegiate is a brand of saddle, not a style! I have a collegiate close contact, and it's a fun, comfy saddle! Only problem is that the seat has a small tear because of wear from the previous owner :/
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post #6 of 13 Old 12-28-2013, 03:35 AM
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I like Colligiate saddles. Good, well made saddle but I dont like Lynn Palm and will not buy ANYTHING endorsed by her. I have my reasons. But then again I dont buy based on endorsments either. With care it should last a lifetime.
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post #7 of 13 Old 12-29-2013, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for helping me understand. How do I tell what size tree it is?

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post #8 of 13 Old 12-29-2013, 11:22 AM
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Try contacting Collegiate directly and ask them.
The saddle should have at least 1 plate on it if not 2...numbers on that plate should help identify what is "in" that saddle.
Collegiate can also tell and explain to you how to measure their saddle exactly to give you the best guesstimate.

Personally, I use "tree-width" as a so-so rule... what I do always go by is how well the saddle fits the horse first, then the rider.
Without a comfortable fit on the horse the rider is toast in achieving the best out of their mount and enjoyment for both of them.

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e-mail sent off to Collegiate. I will let you know what they say!

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post #10 of 13 Old 12-29-2013, 12:40 PM
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If it has the original billet guards on it, then it'll probably say. Mine has this stamped into it:


The M next to the seat size indicates a medium tree. Remember, though, that one maker's medium may not necessarily be the same as another maker's medium!
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