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post #1 of 20 Old 10-12-2010, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation PLEASE HELP- ideas on new jumping saddle

Every time I think I find a good jumping saddle, there's so many conflicting reviews on it that I wind up second guessing my decision. These are my requirements:

Knee AND Thigh blocks

Forward Flap (I have a long upper leg)

$1,500 or under

and it would be PERFECT if it was also a monoflap saddle. But I'm flexible on that, because I could just modify a regular saddle and get longer billets. It would still have the double flaps, but at least the girth and buckles wouldn't be right under my leg. Has anyone done that?

Anyway, ALL help and opinions are appreciated!!!!!!!

P.S. I'm in the process of selling my mare. I'm not sure what my new horse will be, but I understand that I'll need to make sure it fits the horse as well.
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post #2 of 20 Old 10-12-2010, 02:04 AM
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I am not a jumper but I really like this website. It breaks things down into positive and negatives and has thousands of reviews on different saddles. Horse Tack Review.com - Reviews of horse tack and rider supplies!
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post #3 of 20 Old 10-12-2010, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Excellent, thank you corinowalk! I'll definitely look into that!

Does anyone else have any opinions they care to share? I'd love to hear from you! Thanks!
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I've heard VERY nice words about Black Country Quantum. But in your price range you can only look for well used one.

M Toulouse are very nice saddles (tried one, but unfortunately didn't fit my horse).

M. Toulouse Candice Close Contact Saddle from SmartPak Equine

M. Toulouse Marielle Monoflap Jump Saddle - Quality Tack at Outlet Prices - VTO Saddlery (monoflap)

Jumping Saddle Range | The BCS Quantum Jump/Hunter Jumper Saddle - Black Country Saddles, UK

I had Pessoa CC and loved it, but my horse grew up from it...

BTW, if you plan on looking at used saddles:

Trumbull Mountain Tack Shop - The Saddle Specialists
Rick's Heritage Saddlery - West Chester, PA - Carrying a full line of new and used Saddles

Both places are awesome to deal with, help with recommendations, and trial policy is just great!
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The BCS Quantum looks awesome! I can't find a price though... do you know how much it costs?
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post #6 of 20 Old 10-13-2010, 07:54 AM
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The BCS Quantum looks awesome! I can't find a price though... do you know how much it costs?
This is our local: Hastilow Competition Saddles, USA - Saddles Black Country Saddles So far it's the cheapest place selling BC I could find. They also have used BC Quantum. I'm thinking about trying one too next year (after my tax return if any ). Hastilow Competition Saddles, USA - Second-Hand Sales
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post #7 of 20 Old 10-13-2010, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Perfect! Thank you sooooo much!
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My saddle was made by this company and i absolutely love it...they also do specific made to measure orders...Its a UK company though so not sure if its any help to you... Design to Order Saddles :: General Purpose Saddles :: Dressage Saddles :: Jump Saddles :: Show Saddles :: Wide Fitting Saddles :: Speciality Saddles -- Ideal Saddle Company --

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post #9 of 20 Old 10-13-2010, 07:46 PM
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Pessoa Gen-X Natural in Close Contact at Schneider Saddlery

I have a freakishly long leg from hip to knee. I just got this Pessoa GenX. It doesn't have thigh blocks, but it sure is comfy and has very nice balance.

The only forward flap saddle I know of that has both knee and thigh blocks is the new Thorowgood GP saddle and it's a synthetic. I love it for trail riding and hunter paces. It really locks you into place.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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Thank you LadyGaGa and MyBoyPuck! I LOVE the idea of "designing" your own saddle. The Pessoa GenX looks lovely, I'd love to sit in it and see how it feels. The Thorowgood GP intrigues me... I love that you said that it really "locks you into place", because that's what I'm looking for (hence the desire for thigh blocks), and I don't mind that it's synthetic.

Question- Would you prefer a Thorowgood over a Wintec?
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