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    03-10-2011, 04:07 PM
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Weanling
Going to need a new saddle, or saddles... eventers I need help/opinions

So my lovely, faithful, old Stubben is not going to continue working out well as my primary saddle for eventing. Though it has a nice deep secure forward seat from xc and sj, it really makes it difficult for me to sit correctly during dressage. It feels like I'm always fighting position in it when I drop my stirrups. I've taken to schooling dressage bareback. At this point we are only working BN, but I'd really like to start moving up. So schooling bareback won't always work... especially when I go to a trainers.

I'm trying to decide if I should get an all purpose or eventing saddle and trade my stubben in... or do I keep my stubben and just go for a dressage saddle. I currently have 600 tops for a dressage saddle, which leaves me with used saddles, and I need long flaps. However, I could trade my Stubben in, (been offered 400-600 at several tack shops) and combine that for a decent all purpose/eventing saddle.

No matter what I need a saddle with an adjustable tree, currently we're a MW, but I think once fully fit and using his shoulders/back correctly we will need a Wide.

So given the info.. do I trade my Stubben (which I am obviously partial to) in or just try to find used?
     
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    03-11-2011, 01:15 PM
  #2
Weanling
I really recommend getting a dressage saddle and keeping your Stubben. You already love your Stubben, and it works for you. Don't fix what isn't broken on that one!

Dressage saddles are way nice to sit in, and I love them more than all purposes. I also think you could get a really decent (but used) one for $600.
     
    03-11-2011, 01:26 PM
  #3
Weanling
Wintec Isabel (you can find them cheaper than this too)
Wintec Isabell 17 inches Saddle - eBay (item 170612458440 end time Mar-13-11 14:22:58 PDT)

Collegiate and Bates also have adjustable trees on some of their models.

I think the standard flap length on dressage saddles is 17". I have pretty long legs, and that works for me...

Also, you could consider getting a wool flocked dressage saddle that is a medium wide, and as your horse gows you can get it adjusted to fit him. That's the nice thing about wool!
     

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