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    08-29-2010, 08:48 PM
Green Broke
Unhappy Fitting into a close contact saddle...

So, long story short...I've been having a difficult time finding a close contact that fits me...have tried every saddle under the sun I swear! I reeeeally liked the M. Toulouse Premia, but I noticed that when I was riding in it, as soon as I started posting, my knees were all the way behind the knee rolls if I put them against my horse, so it was as though the knee rolls were too far forward! I found this same issue with almost ALL cc saddle types. It's like I needed to "chair sit" in order to reach the knee rolls, it was strange...

M. Toulouse Premia

I ended up going with a Collegiate Convertible Senior Event (and I do Event with it, and do hunter paces), but now that I've started going over some higher fences, the back of the saddle is hitting me in the butt sometimes It's a really deep seat, which works as far as my knees staying on the knee rolls but I really want a flatter cc type saddle for jumping.

Collegiate Convertible Senior Event

Has anyone had a similar issue and what saddles worked for you? Has anyone tried the M. Toulouse Annice or any of the others below? I LOVE M. Toulouse, I have their Aachen dressage saddle and ADORE IT! I'd love to be able to get one of these, but I'd also like to actually have my knees somewhere NEAR the knee rolls lol...



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    08-29-2010, 09:35 PM
The Toulouse balanced me perfectly, but didn't fit my skinny horse. I'm not sure which one it was, but I tried so hard to convince myself that it fit because I loved it.
    08-29-2010, 09:55 PM
Green Broke
Lol I know that's what I did...but it fit my horse fine (Wide tree, she's pretty wide with no withers lol)! But the whole knee roll issue just didn't work for me :( I have some pics of me in the Premia when I was trying it out...see how much I had to "chair sit" to get my knees in the knee rolls :(

    08-29-2010, 09:56 PM
Green Broke
I also tried to jump in it and MAN did I feel unstable!! My leg was swinging everywhere :(

    08-29-2010, 09:56 PM
Green Broke
Is it just my imagination, or does that saddle just not fit me??
    08-29-2010, 10:07 PM
Green Broke
You want to look for an "equitation" type CC saddle. These will have the flatter seat you need, but they have a straighter flap. That Merina looks like it might fit the bill. I would try to work with a shop that will let you trial it though.

If you don't mind going used, a Crosby Excel would be a great choice for you. Charlotte's has a couple in their used listings, and I'm pretty sure they do trials.
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    08-29-2010, 11:04 PM
Green Broke
Thanks! I really do like that Merina...and there is a tack shop in my area who would order it in and let me try it :)
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    08-30-2010, 12:26 AM
I disike crosby's very much.

I think you actually look good in the M.T C

See me in mine, not much of a difference:

    08-30-2010, 01:19 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
I disike crosby's very much.

I think you actually look good in the M.T C

See me in mine, not much of a difference:

Yes but in mine, as soon as I started posting, my knees went back behind the knee rolls and it was very uncomfortable against my inner calf (upper inner calf) felt like I had my legs wrapped around a hard rock or something, because I wasn't anywhere near the knee rolls anymore, I was back behind's like I can't fit into forward flap saddles or something :( In order to get my knees anywhere near the knee rolls, I would have to jack my stirrups up even more and chair sit even worse than in my photo above :/
    08-30-2010, 11:25 PM
Oooooooh. That makes perfect sense. That sucks!

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