Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
DejaVu - we tried quite a few M.Toulouse saddles on Nelson, but the tree's are just not right for his TB back. The saddle that really made the clouds open and the angels sing *I know..corny :P* was that HDR.
I have to say, the quality is up there, I wouldn't be spending this pretty penny on this saddle if I didn't think so......this saddle is more expensive than an M.Toulouse >.< DOH! I was really hoping that the M.T Florina would of worked for him, but the M.T's just don't cut it.
The Premia, really puts me in a chair seat position, and I am automatically pushed back towards the rear of the saddle where all my weight is being distributed over Nelson's loin area, which is not good.
The Candice does the same thing, but the Candice is not an Eventing Saddle anyways. The Candice puts me in a chair seat as well, where my weight is being distributed over his loin area. The Florina, is a beautiful saddle, and it's "alright" for me.....but not for Nelson.
Kitten - You know, the first few years I've encountered HDR's, I thought that the quality was cruddy, and I had the assumption that they are at the bottom of the barrel for "quality" of saddles in the whole grand scheme of things.
It was when I went to Classic Saddlery, and was there looking at all her saddles, with her help, when I was introduced to the new line of HDR's....when she first said HDR, I cringed and shook my head, but......when she brought a few of them out for me to sit on....I couldn't believe it.
I sat in the Florina, it was so-so. I wasn't put in a "comfortable" position. Where, in the HDR Luxunbourg, I felt snug as a bug in a rug the moment I sat in it, and I was automatically put in a position where my weight was being distributed over the front end of the saddle, where none of my weight bearing was being put on the rear. That was important to me, especially since Nelson has a weak loin.
I sat in the M.T Legano, same thing. Chair seat, weight being pushed back instead of forward.
There was just something about that HDR that was right. I feel very confident about this saddle.