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    01-18-2011, 08:44 AM
Green Broke
Favourite Dressage Saddles?

Just looking for opinions on YOUR personal favourite dressage saddles.

I am looking to lay-by myself a new saddle reasonably soon. I don't have a huge budget, so will most likely be looking at synthetics in the short term. Further down the line I would love a nice leather saddle, but it isn't workable with my finances at this stage.

I love the Isabell, I am currently riding in a friend's leather Isabell and I love the way that feels. Are the synthetics of the same calibre? I have sat in one in store, but have not ridden in one.

Also intrigued by the Tekna A8. Have also sat in a Wintec Pro Dressage and that seemed pretty decent too.

But, my ideas aside. What are your favourite dressage saddles?
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    01-18-2011, 10:01 AM
I've been looking hard for the dressage saddle last summer. I liked the most Black County Eloquence (it's very costly though, so probably out of your price range) and Thornhill (Vienna and Klasse, much cheaper). I really wanted Klasse (as it was VERY comfortable under my butt), but ended up with Vienna (also very comfy), because it was the best fit per my saddle fitter.

Here are the Thornhill: Thornhill Saddles from Maryland Tack, Inc. (in the end). Interesting enough I didn't like Zurich (even though it was the most expensive out of 3).

Note though: Thornhill (as well as Black Country) are more designed towards wide horses, so they are typically not the best fit for slim ones.
    01-18-2011, 10:13 AM
Green Broke
I like the look of the Vienna, although I do like a knee block. It's not a must have though. I am not sure whether anyone stocks Thornhill, or Black County over here, although if they are designed for a wide horse it probably wouldn't work for my Rexy. He is a TB and has a very prominent wither, I think the most he will ever be with full muscling will be a medium gullet.

I do love the nice deep seats that a lot of dressage saddles have!
    01-18-2011, 10:30 AM
Actually my paint (who has lots of TB in her) has high withers, and I have a nice clearance. But she has wide back (which is not typical for many TBs). I've heard Stubben is a nice model for TB type horses (per my saddle fitter Stubben was a big no-no for my mares though).

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