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    04-02-2012, 12:55 PM
Good close contact saddles?

Sometime in the near future I'm planning on buying a close contact saddle. It would be used mostly for schooling but also some showing in mostly equitation, but also possibly hunters or jumpers. I'm not sure if any of this matters but I've never bought a saddle before so I'm just throwing it all out there.

I can't really afford something over $1000. Does anyone have a recommendation of a good close contact saddle I can get for that price (or slightly more that I might be able to find used)? I'd like something that doesn't look or feel too cheap, will last a while, and is comfortable to ride in. I know I can't get super high quality for that price but what's the best I could do?

Thanks in advance!
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    04-02-2012, 04:48 PM
I'd go for something used, personally, for anything of quality in that price range.

Pessoa, M. Toulouse, Bates, Collegiate, Stubben, Circuit, you can get for an excellent price, lightly used.
    04-02-2012, 04:53 PM
Thanks, that's what I was thinking I'd probably do.
I've looked at the M. Toulouse Celine as a possibility, has anyone had that saddle and liked/disliked it?
    04-03-2012, 12:30 PM
    04-03-2012, 01:53 PM
It'll be difficult but if you must have a CC saddle try to avoid foam panels if you can. They don't fit the majority of horses particularly well and can't be adjusted easily.

I know I do go on about close-contacts but they are what they are, designed originally for a specific job - short time-span competitions. To achieve this panels are often small, narrow and thin, trees are lightweight and leather, whilst usually good quality, is often less substantial. All brilliant for minimising both weight and interference with the horse in a competitive situation, but not so good for general riding.

Just bear this in mind in your search :)
    04-05-2012, 09:59 PM
I have the Collegiate Finalist close contact saddle. I love love love it! Collegiate is one of my favorite brands because it is cheaper but excellent quality that lasts for a long time. I have had my saddle for 2 years now and it still looks brand new.

If you want to see what my saddle looks like:
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - Collegiate Finalist Close Contact Saddle
    04-05-2012, 10:52 PM
I'd say go for a well cared for used saddle - albion, passier, collegiate (older - imo the newer made by bates/wintec stuff is crap), county, etc. if you're smart about it you can certainly spend under $1k for one of these.

What does your horse look like? What kind of back are we looking to fit here?

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