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    10-18-2011, 02:29 PM
  #11
Weanling
Thursday - you are very lucky to be so close to a nice tack shop! I used to live in Cleveland where Big Dee's and Schneiders is and there were multiple smaller shops and even a nice consignment shop too. Now I have nothing.

I downloaded and wither tracing guide from Trumball Mtn and I will try it out this weekend. It is frustrating becasue everything I ahve been reading has said that tree sizes are useless to use from brand to brand since they all have different tree lengths and that alters the measurement. It should be standard, IMO.

I think I may have it narrowed down. I am looking at:
Duett Companion Trail
M. Toulouse Aachen

These are both in my price range to buy new. If I can get myself to wait and look for a good used deal I would love an Arabian Saddle Company Rubicon/Solstice, but want to try it first.

Thank you again for all your responses!
     
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    10-18-2011, 02:45 PM
  #12
Yearling
I thought I was VERY lucky! I tried an Aachen, too. I liked it a lot in the tack shop on the stand - it was comfy - and it fit Huey OK, but when I tried it ON him, it put my legs into a bad position and didn't suit me at all. That's not something wrong with the saddle, it's just because I have super-long thighs, I guess, and the stirrup bar was too forward for me. My trainer and the saddle fitter agreed on this the moment I sat down on the saddle. I didn't even bother with a trot because I could feel that it didn't work for me at a walk.

BUT

I thought it was a very nice saddle, especially for that price. It looked like it was put together pretty well. Some of those Toulouse saddles have adjustable gullets, too. Nice leather on all the ones I saw.

I brought my wither tracing into the store because I needed help narrowing down the choice, and the women there had a tool that looked like a pair of calipers and used that on the wither tracing to figure out what size tree we needed. It wasn't perfect, but the saddle fitter didn't bring any saddles that just don't work at all, so it must have been a little useful.
     
    10-18-2011, 09:45 PM
  #13
Showing
When I rode english we used Barnsby saddles in a style now called the hunter model. We did everything in these saddles and always found them comfortable. Great on the horses also.
     
    10-20-2011, 03:06 PM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
that is a very nice saddle, but Paso Finos fit a lot differently than many other kinds of horses, and that saddler is a PF saddle maker. I do like the look of both of those saddles.

An Aussie would not be good for jumping. You cannot get forward, and can be hard to post if the polleys are very large.
No no- Sycamore creek makes it's styles in gaited and non gaited. I just ordered another one for my big grade trail horse who is not gaited.
     
    10-20-2011, 09:00 PM
  #15
Showing
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Originally Posted by NevadaRides    
No no- Sycamore creek makes it's styles in gaited and non gaited. I just ordered another one for my big grade trail horse who is not gaited.
Do they have it anywhere on website? I just looked at it (just came across your post), but couldn't find anything but gaited.
     
    10-20-2011, 09:33 PM
  #16
Showing
The CTKs are cheaply made saddles, nothing I'd even consider buying. They might look nice but most of the cheapies do. One way to shave cost is to use urine tanned leather which doesn't hold up as when tanned with oak leaves. In the US fats are also worked into the leather to help keep it from drying out and flexible.
     
    10-20-2011, 11:39 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
The CTKs are cheaply made saddles, nothing I'd even consider buying. They might look nice but most of the cheapies do. One way to shave cost is to use urine tanned leather which doesn't hold up as when tanned with oak leaves. In the US fats are also worked into the leather to help keep it from drying out and flexible.
I wouldn't call them cheap though money-wise. I don't quite remember the price I checked but I believe dressage saddle was almost $1K or so...
     
    10-21-2011, 04:14 PM
  #18
Weanling
Hi - borrow as many saddles as you possibly can and try them out to get an idea of what fits and what is comfortable. You say there is no tack store in your immediate area, but can you drive to one? I've driven several hours just to get a better selection of items to compare and look at on multiple occasions.
     
    10-21-2011, 05:01 PM
  #19
Weanling
What kind of horse are you riding? What kind of build?

I could see how the M Toulouse build might not be the best for longer legs. You told me you're on the shorter side, so it may work out for you..

I would suggest either a Close Contact saddle, or an All Purpose. Dressage saddles can be kind of restricting, when you just want to have fun on the trail. CC allow more free movement, and are more suitable for the flat and over fences. All Purpose, are nice, but have the seat of a dressage saddle (or most do), and can give you that same, locked in feel for playing with small jumps. On trail, they're nice though.
     
    10-22-2011, 09:43 AM
  #20
Weanling
I have an Arabian with a short back. I use the medium wide gullet in her for the Wintec, but the more I research the more I learn that that is failry useless information. The only reson I'm not running out right now to get a new saddle is because this one actually fits her very well.

The closest tack store with saddles is over 3 hours away. I guess I could make the trip, but figured that by the time I got it, took it back home, tried and it found the time to take it back, I would spend just as much on shipping and it would be less annoying. Smartpak has a great free shipping trial policy, so other than time waiting it seems pretty risk free. I ordered the Aachen to try first since it was also the lowest price on my list. Will see how it fits us both.
     

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