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post #1 of 43 Old 02-28-2012, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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M. Toulouse saddles

Looking for some reviews and input. :) I'm looking at the Aachen with the Genesis system for me and my boy for this fall when I have some money, and potentially the Annice Genesis next year or whenever I need it/can afford it.

For now though, I'm mostly looking for the deets on the Aachen. What kind of back does it fit? Are the seats true to size? What kind of position does it put you in? How does it hold up against use? Where's the best place to get one, for the best price? (So far I've only found them on SmartPak for $1,599.)

I wanna hear any other things you have to say about them, too - good or bad! :) Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 43 Old 02-28-2012, 07:56 PM
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I had the Annice (not the adjustable one) and LOVED it. Best saddle ever! I sold it because it wasn't wide enough for my horse. I ended up buying the bates but I really wish I had gotten another Toullouse. I may look into selling or trading once I finish paying for my bates....
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I have an M Toulouse Celine with a wide tree that im going to be selling soon ! I love it, but it no longer fits my horse =[
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Yay! I like to hear good things about these saddles. :) What kind of back shapes do your horses have? I've got a wide, short-backed paint x Arab pony with basically no wither, LOL. Pretty much build like a barrel. Makes for super comfy bareback riding, but saddle fit can be tricky!
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I'm going to piggy back onto your post as I'm also looking at the Toulouse saddles with the genesis tree. I'm looking at the Annice, Dennise, and maybe the Legano.

My guy has your typical TB withers (aka, high) but has a wide shoulder and it's hard to fit.

I'd love to hear opinions on the genesis system!
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Lol! Feel free, Dandy. :) From what I've heard from a few other sources, the Annice seems to fit lower withered, wider horses better...does this ring true for anyone else?
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My horse is a quarter horse w/ really wide shoulders. The wide Toullouse Annice was not wide enough. W/ the genesis completely as wide as we could get it, it was an ok fit. That's why I went to the bates but even the bates on my guy is not a perfect fit.

The annice was the most comfortable saddle. SO good and I LOVE the leather...

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I've heard they do run a little narrow

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I have the Annice with the Genesis, so I'll talk most about it, since it's the only one I have any real hands on information with.
Best purchase ever!!

I've thought about used Antares, or CWD's and such, but I'd honestly rather have this, with the Genesis. As long as the tree angle is correct, then you can fit it to any horse in width. I'd rather have a mid-range saddle that fits my horse like a glove, than a name brand saddle that makes me cringe at every ride for the safety of his back.

My gelding is very broad through the shoulder, wide set, and semi-curvy.
I'm pretty sure all MT models run on the curvier side.

The calfskin leather is pretty delicate, but it's not really a problem. I've gotten some pretty deep scratches on it, due to my neglect, but a quick conditioning, and they aren't visible anymore.
The seat is comfortable. It's very sofa-like, but without drowning you. I'm just as solid down in a full seat, but still have no problems getting up into a two point.

I'm not sure about the Aachen, I'd wish I'd sat in it when I was at Dover last. :/
But the Annice puts me in a great position for hunters/Eq. Very balanced.
If I rode more dressage, I'd definitely get the Aachen as well. But as little as I do, my Wintec suits me fine.

I've loved having the Genesis system. It takes literally two minutes to refit it to any horse.

Toulouse, in general is a good, well built saddle. It'll last you for quite a while.

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post #10 of 43 Old 02-29-2012, 05:26 PM
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Also, have you looked at Classic Saddlery? They sell all the Toulouse models for a great price.

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