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post #1 of 10 Old 08-26-2012, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Passier saddles?

So, I'm looking at used saddles on the Atlantic Canada horse classifieds and I found a nice looking Passier AP/Jumping saddle. It looks to be in nice condition, plus it has a flexible tree.. so there might be hope that it'd fit Indie.


I'm basically just wondering if Passier is a good quality brand, as I'm not too knowledgeable about tack brands. :)

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-27-2012, 05:52 AM
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Passier are excellent quality. Ignore the 'flexible tree' part - it's just nonsensical advertising blurb :)
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I've got an old Passier dressage saddle. Love love LOVE it. Have never been so happy with a saddle. My leg just falls into place, and it's very comfy. It had seen a few years before it came to me and is still wonderfully solid. Sadly too narrow for my Fatty Boomsticks horse at the moment but it fits him perfectly when he's fit.
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Passier are nice saddles. However from the pic it does look like having a straighter flap (meaning it may be not all that good for jumping). Although I may be wrong given the angle of the pic. If you decide on it, definitely ask to send you more pics: on side, bottom of the saddle, and under the flaps to see how well the leather was cared for.
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Thanks everyone!

It'd mainly be used for flatwork, as I can only do jumping in lessons as that's my instructor's rule for all boarders.. to avoid anything happening when nobody else is there. I do want to maybe try some dressage moves with her as she does have lovely movement, but an A/P would be the best choice, I think. :) My first ride on her was in a dressage saddle and I have to say, I much prefer an A/P. I love my instructor's Crosby, but before that, I absolutely loved the equitation saddle she had (no knee flaps).. so I don't think the flatter flaps would be a huge problem. :)

My only real specifics are A/P, black or havana (or another dark brown) and nice condition. :)

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I posted some opinions/description of my 1977 Passier here a while back. I'll just give the link to the thread instead of trying to type it again.

Can you tell me about Barnsby saddles?

If you get the serial # on that saddle, you can e-mail Passier in Germany and they'll give you all the manufacturing info they have on it. Also look on Passier's website for info on the tree construction. It's not a flexible tree. It just isn't hard-as-a-rock rigid. You'll see why when you see the diagram of their tree. If you do the standard flexing tests on the tree to check for a broken tree, the PS-Baum tree will flex/bend ever-so-slightly. Also, the PS-Baum tree can be slightly altered for width of the gullet plate by a qualified saddler. I think you can only do it one or 2 times before weakening the steel. Good chance Unclearthur has some experience in doing that and can chime in on how safe adjustment is for the saddle and how well it can be customized to fit a horse.

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I have that very saddle. It is top quality. My saddle is over 40 years old and, apart for needing reflocking, is still perfectly functional.

The flaps are not straight. it is the angle of the photo. This is a better photo of it. The older ones have suede knee patches

The newer ones, no suede

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Thanks everyone!

I haven't heard back yet, but that's understandable since it's Monday and those who aren't students on summer break are working.. so hopefully she'll send some more pictures once she gets my e-mail! :)

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I also have a very old a/p passier. It is comfortable and has stood up very well. I have had mine restuffed a few times to fit different horses, never had to have the tree adjusted but it is a nice option to have. I use mine for flat work and jumping. I did remove the thigh block to give a little more freedom of leg movement for dressage and find the knee rolls are enough for even "moments of excitement" when jumping.
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I adore Passiers. They have the best close contact feel of any saddle I have ever sat in. When I win the lottery, I will buy one.
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