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    06-07-2010, 12:05 PM
Green Broke
Question New saddle...which do you like?

I currently have a Collegiate Convertible Senior Event, and I got it for about $800 new. I like it well enough, but sometimes I think it feels a little hard, and I'd like if the knee rolls were bigger/more padded. I really want a saddle I can jump in, but so far EVERY close contact I've tried doesn't fit me...apparently I'm shaped weird, but that's another story altogether! Since I am really long from hip to knee and short from knee to ankle, I need a slightly deeper seat...really flat seats end up making my legs way back behind the knee rolls which is just uncomfortable. I fit well in my Collegiate, but I'm kind of looking for a slightly nicer saddle that's a little more padded/softer for me and my horse as well.

Does anyone have any saddle suggestions that fit the guidelines above? Here's my saddle now, for reference...
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    06-07-2010, 12:57 PM
I've got the same thing with needing a somewhat deeper/longer seat because of a long hip to knee ratio. I actually really like my Wintec all purpose saddle. It's good for jumping with, and it has adjustable knee blocks and such. Plus I like the CAIR and easy change gullet systems they've got. If you wanted to go fancier (as in something in leather) the Bates saddles are essentially the same structure as the Wintecs but crafted from nice leather. Both Wintec and Bates also have close contact saddle models, but I don't have any personal experience with them so I can't tell you whether they'd be all that much more amazing than what you have. I prefer the deeper seat you get with the all purpose saddles.

Wintec 500 All-Purpose Saddle with CAIR All Purpose Saddles English

Bates All-Purpose Saddle - Dover Saddlery
    06-07-2010, 01:44 PM
Green Broke
What it sounds like is that your leg is needing a longer flap. Look into the Black Country's!!!! The leather is like butter and it is SO padded and comfy. I could ride in it litterally all day long. I have a dressage and jumping saddle. The only thing with the black country saddles is that they are made specifically for dressage or specifically for jumping so getting one that you could do both in is hard. But they are specially made for your horses back and that just comes with the saddle, and getting a longer flap or more forward flap is free of charge usually too! We have 13 BC's in our barn right now (my whole team bascially uses them except 4 people right now). They are AMAZING.
    06-07-2010, 01:44 PM
Green Broke
Oh, and from my experiance eventing, Wintecs aren't all that great.
    06-07-2010, 01:51 PM
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
Oh, and from my experiance eventing, Wintecs aren't all that great.
Lots of people like Wintecs, me included. As with everything, it's merely personal choice and preference.

Tell me Stormy, are you a dealer for Black Country saddles? Sure seems like it, since you tout them at every opportunity.
    06-07-2010, 01:57 PM
Green Broke
No I'm not, I'm 15, my only job is getting a 4.0 and being the barn manager for my farm.

Black Country's are just the best saddle I have sat in in my whole life, literally. I had a HDR and a Wintec and have ridden in almost every saddle under the rainbow and Black Country's really are the best in every aspect. And their costomer serivice is superb. They are also endorced by some of the top eventers in the world.

As for the wintec, it just wasn't comfortable and wasn't easy to ride XC in at all. I wasn't able to change my position properly like HITS needs to be able to in the coming levels of eventing. It's hard to go down a bank (as my sore back told me) in a wintec because of the way it's built. It isn't made specifically for jumping so the cantel is too high and you can't get your body back enough to go down a bank complex. And because of the straight flap, it's hard to keep your body centered in the saddle over jumps. Or for people with longer hip to knee legs at least
    06-07-2010, 02:10 PM
I'm not really sure that the flap length has much to do with it.

What you get is up to you, but I've been perfectly happy with my Wintec. Maybe they don't ride like a saddle that costs $2000 (and should we expect them to?). But I like them.
    06-07-2010, 02:20 PM
Green Broke
From what I've heard from me getting fitted for saddles is that having a long leg ususally requires you to have a more forward flap. Just what I've heard and learned (from people from CWD, Black Country, and Dover).

And I'm not saying anything bad about wintecs, for general purpose riding, they're great! I still use mine when I want to ride in the rain or jump Blue. I just don't like them for the cross country is all. And they have re-made the models, so maybe they're better, I wouldn't know.
    06-07-2010, 02:22 PM
Green Broke
I'm going to suggest the saddle I ride in. I have a Courbette Vision. There are two versions, a new and an old. Both are fantastic. They are made for riders who have longer legs and I'm pretty sure you'd like it!
It has knee rolls and thigh blocks. The older model (the one I have) has a bit of a harder seat but the new one has a cushy seat.

Here's the new model:

And the old:
    06-07-2010, 02:23 PM
Green Broke
Oh and btw... HITS already had a wintec. That's why she got a new saddle.

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