Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I wish I could help you - I have neither saddles nor tried either saddles.
Your best bet, is to contact a Professional Saddle Maker/Fitter to come out to the barn where you are leasing this horse, and to ensure either saddle is the right fit for this horse.
You can spend hours sitting in a saddle and ensuring that it is accomodating you - but, you need to put the horse into consideration as well. I personally, wont let anyone use "their" saddle when they are using my horse, because my saddle FITS my horse.
You need to find a sadde that works for both you and the horse you are leasing - and a saddle that AIDS you, not hinders you and AIDS this person's, not hinders him/her.
Phillipe Fontaine's are a Stubben made saddle. They are made in the Stubben Factory along side all the other saddles that are made by the company. There is 1 rider at my barn who has the saddle, and she loves it.
I cannot help you in your search - but if you contact a Saddle Maker/Fitter, they will come out to your barn *at least mine does* with a van full of saddles and tools to ensure that whatever sadde is chosen out of the lot, is the right one for both horse and rider.
All the best in your saddle search.