So, the saddle that I recently purchased for my horse doesn't fit... and is unable to be flocked to fit. I am unofficially back on the hunt for a english saddle, and I would like your opinions on what to consider.
I have two saddles currently: a Camelot AP saddle that does fit and is a nice starter saddle, and an old Kloster Schonthal Stylist that doesn't fit, but is absolutely PERFECT in every other way. I love the old saddle so very much- it's perfect for me, and other than the angle of the back panels, is fits my horse like a dream... we had our best rides ever with this saddle before I pulled it off him in fear of the fit. It's foam flocked
and I would convert it to wool in a heart beat if the saddle fitter thought that it had enough space to properly cushion the horse, but she doesn't believe it would be so. I don't even want to sell it, just in case someday I might have a horse that would fit it.
So I want something as close to the Stylist as possible, but wool flocked, and more likely to fit my horse. I don't want knee rolls, blocks or all that padding. The Stylist has nothing
, and I have found that I actually can find the sweet spot and stick so much better without all those "aids." The Camelot is a 17'' seat, but the Stylist is a 16.5,'' both fit well, may have something to do with the smaller having less padding. I prefer to ride with a longer stirrup, and having short legs, I look ridiculous in the Camelot because at my preferred length my legs are so far back that I am almost off the flap! The Stylist has much better shaped flaps for me, and I look like a normal person on them.
I know I'm probably looking for an older used saddle, and I'm fine with that. What brands/ model would y'all recommend? The Cosby PDN stands out immediately as being close. Stubben had some lesser padded saddles back in the day and I quite like my instructors old Siegfried, though I think I prefer no knee pad to having one now.
Sattlerei beim Kloster Schonthal "The Stylist DL"