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    02-11-2012, 03:45 PM
  #1
Foal
Need Dressage Saddle Advice

I just purchased a 17.1 thoroughbred and we are simultaneously learning to ride dressage. I have been riding hunt seat for many years; however my new horse has tremendous dressage potential. So we are taking this journey together! I am in search of a good used dressage saddle that I can learn and eventually do some showing in. I am confused about about all of the brands and types. I have looked at a smith and worthington for $500.00 and it looks pretty good. I am going to try it on my horse. However, the billets are of nylon and then leather at the point where you attach the girth. Is this okay. I am also going to look at a Fieldhouse saddle. Any ideas or tips are welcomed!:0)
     
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    02-11-2012, 09:11 PM
  #2
Weanling
I bought a Viennall for 598 that I LOVE. You can normally get them new for 798 is you look on ebay. They are really nice saddles for the price.
     
    02-11-2012, 09:36 PM
  #3
Super Moderator
You mean the billets are nylon where they attach to the tree, right? Nthing wrong with that. Nylon is stronger than leather, never cracks and stretches little.
     
    02-11-2012, 09:43 PM
  #4
Weanling
Aren't most English saddles nylon where the billets go under the saddle?

My vienna ll has nylon straps in the Y girthing system that have leather ends Nylon where is joins the saddle. I think that where that Y comes together I'd prefer Nylon I'm just thinking that would be a weird stretch for leather
I have older dressage saddles stubbens but they all have the regular girthing with the long billets but not the Y girth
     
    02-11-2012, 09:43 PM
  #5
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Pelham Saddlery: CROSBY TAD COFFIN Used Dressage Saddle 17 M

Pelham Saddlery: Crosby Prix St. George Used Dressage Saddle 17.5" M

Pelham Saddlery: Passier Nicole Grand Gilbert Used Dressage Saddle 17" M


Some examples of used dressage saddles in your approx price range.
     
    02-11-2012, 09:58 PM
  #6
Weanling
good job!
Those Passiers are REALLY REALLY nice. I had the older model but always lusted for the grand Gilbert LOL
     
    02-12-2012, 03:32 AM
  #7
Trained
I would highly recommend that instead of looking for new, but cheap saddles - you look at second hand saddles. A good quality, leather saddle will last a life time if you look after it, and you can get some amazing bargains if you look hard enough. I would much rather ride in a second hand, but very good quality saddle, than a new but cheaply made saddle at the right price.

Another point - please try saddles on your horse, and ride in them, before you buy. Not every saddle fits every horses, nor every rider. And some saddles will suit you on one horse, and you will hate it on another. There are SO many variables that it's not worth the risk of just buying a saddle that you think looks nice.
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    02-12-2012, 08:20 AM
  #8
Foal
Thanks so much!

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Originally Posted by Kayty    
I would highly recommend that instead of looking for new, but cheap saddles - you look at second hand saddles. A good quality, leather saddle will last a life time if you look after it, and you can get some amazing bargains if you look hard enough. I would much rather ride in a second hand, but very good quality saddle, than a new but cheaply made saddle at the right price.

Another point - please try saddles on your horse, and ride in them, before you buy. Not every saddle fits every horses, nor every rider. And some saddles will suit you on one horse, and you will hate it on another. There are SO many variables that it's not worth the risk of just buying a saddle that you think looks nice.
Thanks you so much. I am in hot pursuit of a quality second hand saddle. I will hold out for the right saddlefor my horse and me. I appreciate your advice!:0)
     
    02-12-2012, 12:53 PM
  #9
Started
If you are not opposed to synthetic, I love my wintec pro dressage. I got mine brand new with leathers, irons a girth and the complete gullet kit for $745...price went up a little bit since I bought. It can bought with flocked panels or with the cair system. Green River Tack

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    02-12-2012, 01:00 PM
  #10
Weanling
OP having had several passiers and numerous stubbans I vastly prefer my new Viennall. It has all the latest features is well made I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. WAY WAY before I'd spend 500. On an older stubban or passier again and I've done it both ways recently (have 6 saddles in my tack room that don't fit and or need work) but that is just MY preference. All those older saddles I have purchased needed to be reflocked and they all needed something. I have a hard time finding someone to work on English saddles in my area and I never get around to mailing them off for a fix GRRRR....
Also the new viennall will fit or they will refund your money. Well that's the deal I worked out with the company I bought mine from. Used saddles are usually you by it and it 's yours.
Good luck whatever you buy. Let us know :) you will have to send pics with your baby in his/her new saddle.
     

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