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post #1 of 6 Old 01-06-2013, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Which Jump Saddle to buy?

Alright, so I'm on a saddle hunt. I ride a 16.2H TB who has those stereotypical high withers and slim build. My older Stubben "fit" with padding and it worked for trail rides and the weekly jump lesson or so. But the jumping has increased and his back is getting sore which I'm NOT okay with. So new saddle! YAY!

What I'm looking for:
~~up to apx $1,200-$1,500
~~Forward flap, I have a long femur and a good dressage saddle for flat work
~~Good fit for my TB; anyone known for a good TB fit?
~~relatively good quality
~~ Either used or new

Ideas?

Thanks a million! :-D
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-06-2013, 07:39 PM
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My paint has lots of TB blood, and I have lo-o-o-ong legs myself... I have MT Claudine (which has very forward flap and very grippy). With that being said it may or may not fit your horse. M Toulouse, Bates, and Collegiate would be in your range new, and all are nice for the price.

You can also look into used County or Black Country - those are high-quality saddles and very comfy (and I've seen some in your price range).

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I'm currently looking for a saddle for my TB as well (in a similar price range too), and it sounds like he might have a build not too unlike yours: High withers, narrower build, but big shoulders.

I can tell you what didn't work: My old Bates Elevation. I finally had to sell it.. just didn't have enough wither clearance. I had to use a super puffy half pad, and after a while I couldn't handle putting a bandaid on the problem anymore. Bates and Collegiates have the same trees, so I'm excluding Collegiates from my search. Also, I tried some old (and I mean OLD) Crosby saddles on him, and they were the worst fit of all. I was surprised because I have heard old Crosby saddles could be good for TBs. Nope, not mine. I also tried a Circuit on mine over the summer, and it also didn't offer enough clearance for my taste.

I'm ordering an M. Toulouse test ride saddle next week. I've heard mixed reviews about them regarding TBs, so I figure it couldn't hurt! If that doesn't work, I will probably try a Beval next. And if that fails.... then I don't know.
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Alright well awesome! Thanks so much. Will look into those ideas!
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Bates and Collegiates have the same trees, so I'm excluding Collegiates from my search.
Actually A/P Collegiate I had was a great fit for my horses (and had lots of clearance for withers). The fit seems to depend a lot on a model, not just a brand. But I never tried Bates on mine.

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post #6 of 6 Old 01-07-2013, 10:17 AM
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Actually A/P Collegiate I had was a great fit for my horses (and had lots of clearance for withers). The fit seems to depend a lot on a model, not just a brand. But I never tried Bates on mine.
Ahh, that is true. I was thinking along the lines of the saddles with the changeable gullet system... so for instance, Bates Elevation vs. Collegiate Diploma.
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