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post #1 of 12 Old 08-01-2008, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Interested in this Saddle...

I've been looking for a saddle since I've outgrown my current one and was wondeirng what everyone thought of this saddle...
http://www.tacktrader.com/show_item.php?tack_id=233019

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It is a Crosby Ian Miller Close Contact saddle with a medium tree, 17.5 in seat, and long flaps (which I need). I've just heard wonderful things about Crosby's and I finally found a used one that fills all my requirements. It also is only $450 which is great. The only thing I'm worried about is making sure if fits my horse. I'm going to email the seller about taking the saddle on a trial but if she doesn't agree then I'm not sure what to do.

Also, if anyone recomends a saddle in $0 - $2000 range please let me know. Right now I think I'm deciding between the Pessoa A/O (without the exchangable gullets) and the Crosby posted above, both with 17.5 in seat, medium gullet, and long flaps. I've also looked into Antares, Amerigo (but was out of my price range), Crosby's, Pessoa's, Collegiate, M. Toulouse, Frank Baines, and Prestige (also out of my price range).

Also, I was looking through the dover magazine yesterday and came across the BdH saddle and was wondering what you guys thought of it. I looked up the reviews on horsetackreview.com and all the ratings were very good and the only complaint was that the saddle was hard to find. Also, it comes with a longer flap which is awesome for me.

If anyone knows of another saddle that is what I'm looking for please let me know. Thanks and cookies if you read all this!
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-01-2008, 01:57 PM
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I can't see the pics, it asks for your user name/email and password.

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I can't see the pics, it asks for your user name/email and password.
Whoops!! Sorry they're fixed now! :)
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-01-2008, 02:14 PM
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I don't know much english saddles but that one is very pretty! And well taken care of.

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post #5 of 12 Old 08-01-2008, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks I'm hoping I can try it out.
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-01-2008, 02:40 PM
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i like it! if it fits you and your pony, it's a great deal!

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post #7 of 12 Old 08-01-2008, 03:14 PM
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I love Thornhill saddles personally. I have the ProAm edition which is like almost $1000 I believe and i've had it for 3yrs and it fits almost every single horse i've put it on, it's very contouring and comes in all kinds of styles but i love mine.

"The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on; it is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible the change is for the better."
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post #8 of 12 Old 08-01-2008, 03:57 PM
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Wow, that's kind of a range you're looking at. There's a significant difference between a Toulouse/Collegiate range and the Antares/Prestige range. I'm all for getting as much as you can for what you pay. I'm a big fan of getting the best quality used saddle on the market and doing a lot of searching before buying. The saddle you have shown looks like a decent saddle, and if that's your price max I'd say go for it. But if you can afford to spend $2000 I'd say spend $2000, you'll get a significantly better saddle! Are you an ebayer? I got an amazing almost brand new Antares for only $2400, and a Delgrange (not even broken in) for $1800. Keep in mind that these are both $4000 saddles. Also look up some used Butet and Devoucoux. WIth some searching and perhaps some negotiating you can find one in your price range. And once you ride in a quality french made saddle? You'll think riding in even a Pessoa is horrible. :)
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-01-2008, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks upnover.

I'm definately a huge fan of ebay and I've been checking every few days trying to find a saddle that fits my needs. It's hard because I need a long/forward flap and I just cannot seem to find very many.

Also, I can spend up to $2000 but of course I would prefer to spend less. My parents are willing to pay for the saddle at first but I have to eventually pay them back completely.

Again what is everyone's thoughts on the BdH saddles???
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-01-2008, 04:57 PM
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Great used saddles (and new Thornhills) on www.GallopingGrape.com
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