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    03-26-2013, 06:27 PM
  #11
Foal
Thorowgoods are a lot more expensive in the US. I found a used Passier Comet II for $550. I think that is a great deal and a good saddle for high withers because it's so cut back. Anyone have one of these or know anything about them? I think I have convinced the seller to let me return it if it does not work for me, so I don't see the harm in giving it a try, especially for that price! I was looking at spending a lot more than that on a lesser quality, new saddle.. so if this works out I will be very happy!
     
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    03-26-2013, 09:28 PM
  #12
Yearling
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Originally Posted by KSchingen    
Thorowgoods are a lot more expensive in the US. I found a used Passier Comet II for $550. I think that is a great deal and a good saddle for high withers because it's so cut back. Anyone have one of these or know anything about them? I think I have convinced the seller to let me return it if it does not work for me, so I don't see the harm in giving it a try, especially for that price! I was looking at spending a lot more than that on a lesser quality, new saddle.. so if this works out I will be very happy!
If you get the serial number that's stamped on the billet guard on that Passier, you can email Passier at passier@passier.com, and a very helpful, knowledgable gentleman will respond within 24-48 hours with the seat size, tree size, model number and manufacturing month and year. Note that about 80% of Passiers are a medium width. Between the wide gullet, short points, and the cutback pommel, they just seem to fit a decent range of shapes. The Passier I use on a shark-finned TB is a medium.

A friend of mine has a Comet from the late '60s (still a solid tree with supple leather - gotta love German craftsmanship)). I ride her horse in it, and I love it. It has lots of support without the blocks getting in the way of communicating with the horse. I know they still make the Comet, and I assume it's gone through a few design iterations over the decades, though.

BTW, my daily-rider Passier is a 1976 model. It's in mint condition and I paid $300 including shipping. The flocking was horrid, so by the time I had it reflocked and slathered it up with a tub of leatherbalm, I had put $600 into it, if that gives you a price reference point. I felt I got a good deal. The price on yours is or isn't a good deal depending on the year it was made and the condition. Without knowing either, that price is not at all bad for a Passier.
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    03-26-2013, 09:41 PM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by freia    
If you get the serial number that's stamped on the billet guard on that Passier, you can email Passier at passier@passier.com, and a very helpful, knowledgable gentleman will respond within 24-48 hours with the seat size, tree size, model number and manufacturing month and year. Note that about 80% of Passiers are a medium width. Between the wide gullet, short points, and the cutback pommel, they just seem to fit a decent range of shapes. The Passier I use on a shark-finned TB is a medium.

A friend of mine has a Comet from the late '60s (still a solid tree with supple leather - gotta love German craftsmanship)). I ride her horse in it, and I love it. It has lots of support without the blocks getting in the way of communicating with the horse. I know they still make the Comet, and I assume it's gone through a few design iterations over the decades, though.

BTW, my daily-rider Passier is a 1976 model. It's in mint condition and I paid $300 including shipping. The flocking was horrid, so by the time I had it reflocked and slathered it up with a tub of leatherbalm, I had put $600 into it, if that gives you a price reference point. I felt I got a good deal. The price on yours is or isn't a good deal depending on the year it was made and the condition. Without knowing either, that price is not at all bad for a Passier.
Awesome! Glad you have all good things to say :) I really hope this saddle works out. I will try to get the serial number
     
    03-26-2013, 09:47 PM
  #14
Yearling
Oh, and if it's an older Passier, don't expect a soft, cushy ride. The old Passiers are all about getting you close to the horse to feel every move. Not much padding there. They're not as hard as the Stubbens, though. I've never gotten a sore butt from any of my Passier A/Ps, or my friend's Passier Comet. I think it's because they put me in a good position and are shaped right for me. Just be aware that it probably won't be a softie, unless it's newer one.
     
    03-26-2013, 10:53 PM
  #15
Foal
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Originally Posted by freia    
Oh, and if it's an older Passier, don't expect a soft, cushy ride. The old Passiers are all about getting you close to the horse to feel every move. Not much padding there. They're not as hard as the Stubbens, though. I've never gotten a sore butt from any of my Passier A/Ps, or my friend's Passier Comet. I think it's because they put me in a good position and are shaped right for me. Just be aware that it probably won't be a softie, unless it's newer one.
I really am more concerned with the comfort for my horse than for me. If he's comfy and I end up with a sore rear end I'm perfectly ok with that
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    03-27-2013, 08:21 AM
  #16
Foal
Passier got back to me really quickly! It is a 1996 model and I closed the deal last night 500 dollars shipped! Now for the waiting game! Hope the gullet and channel are wide enough and the cutback is as deep as it looked in the pics!
     
    03-27-2013, 08:25 AM
  #17
Foal
Oh and it includes passier leathers and irons too :) do you happen to know if its wool flocking or something else? It didn't really matter at the time so I didn't ask..
     
    03-27-2013, 11:56 AM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by KSchingen    
Passier got back to me really quickly! It is a 1996 model and I closed the deal last night 500 dollars shipped! Now for the waiting game! Hope the gullet and channel are wide enough and the cutback is as deep as it looked in the pics!
$500 for a 1996????? Wow! Oh, I do hope it fits him nicely. Assuming it's in decent shape, that's a steal.

It's most likely wool flocked. You'll be able to tell right away when you get it.

Do post pics when you get it!
     
    03-27-2013, 12:42 PM
  #19
Foal
Would you mind reminding me how to get pictures on here? Lol I figured it out on my first post and have since then been at a loss for how I did it.
     
    03-27-2013, 12:47 PM
  #20
Foal
Hastilow saddlery and M&M tack shop carry throwogoods in the US. Dover carries the T4's.
     

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