No go on Marcel Toulouse...different suggestions?
I brought home a M. Toulouse Natina the other day to test ride. I rode in it today, and while it is beautiful and seemed like a good fit at the tack store, it did not fit me how I thought it would. The flap was too forward, and even though I have long thighs (I also got it in a long flap) my leg was back way too far from the knee rolls. I felt that it sat me too far back and there was way too much saddle in front of me. It also turns out that I don't like the grippy seat after all, because when I was cantering my butt was so stuck that the seat was rubbing me because I wanted to slide around more but couldn't. It did fit my horse nicely though. So unfortunately, I will have to take it back. Now I'm on the hunt again...I have a Circuit close contact now in a medium tree, 16.5 inch seat. The flaps actually fit my leg but I want to go up a seat size, find a better quality leather, and find a better fit for my horse, possibly an adjustable tree. I bought this saddle 4-5 years ago and I just need an upgrade. It was $650, the cheapest of the Circuit line, so I would not hesitate to look at a better quality Circuit. BUT, I don't want a saddle with such grippiness to it. So, my criteria...long enough flap for long thighs (but not very forward), 17 inch seat, and an adjustable tree would be nice but not necessary, not so grippy. Any suggestions? $1500 or less, new.