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post #1 of 13 Old 11-13-2008, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Question Please help me decide which saddle i should get!

I am getting a new saddle and her are the possible ones. If any of you guys are selling any if you could tell me that would be great! I am also not sure if I want all purpose or close contact but most of the ones I like are close contact. I just have no idea what brands are good so please help me out!
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Collegiate Conoisseur CC Saddle Weatherbeeta WHOLESALE Closeout Sale Clearance - Huge Savings HorseLoverZ.com
16" Harry Dobbs English Saddle
Kincade Close Contact Saddle Brown
Integrity AP, Used English Saddle - Bucks County Saddlery - Horse Saddles
Rick's Heritage Saddlery - Integrity, All Purpose (same as before)
Henri de Rivel Club HDR All Purpose Saddle: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com
16.5 M Dover Circuit CC: Pelham Saddlery
There is one other saddle that is a ovation close contact but I don't have a website
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-13-2008, 04:19 PM
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I would definitely go with the Harry Dobbs saddle. From what I've heard they are very good quality plus that one comes with some extras. The Collegiate is also a good brand though I've never tryed one myself.

I have never heard of the Integrity so I don't know the quality of them.

Definitely stay away from the Kincade and HDR. The leather is of very poor quality and never seems to break in.
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-13-2008, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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yeah I like the harry dobbs one

I also really like this ovation saddle:Ovationsaddle.jpg - Image - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

And this BT Crump close-
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-13-2008, 05:08 PM
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The Ovation looks pretty nice also. I love their bridles but I've never personally tried there saddles but from the pic that one looks nice. The other one you just posted isn't my favorite. The leather looks really hard and stiff.
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Yeah the ovation ones are pretty good I have friend that has one and it looks really good. Even though the one I am looking at is used its in pretty good condition.

So now its between the ovation, harry dobbs, and colliegate.
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-13-2008, 09:53 PM
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I still think you should go with the Harry Dobbs, it just seems like a very nice quality saddle and comes with a stand, cover, and irons.
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post #7 of 13 Old 11-14-2008, 06:44 AM
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I have a Collegiate and like it. However the one you posted is size 14''. Do they have bigger sizes? It's really small one. Yeah, I agree about Kincade: they are pretty poor quality and not very comfy. I actually tried HDR (don't remember model) and it was pretty nice, however Chicks (no offense) usually carry low-level stuff. I did like Circuit saddles too (we have Dover close by), but heard different opinions on them.

I agree with posted: you can look at Ovation one. Appy was selling it here and it looks nice. Not sure she still has one, but you can contact her (she's just getting a bigger size saddle, so that's the reason selling hers).
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post #8 of 13 Old 11-14-2008, 09:30 AM
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Harry Dabbs would be my top choice for sure, with the Collegiate as a close second. The higher quality HDRs aren't too bad, but the cheaper ones (the one you listed) aren't worth your money. Kincade's are horrible and although I've never sat in an Integrity it doesn't look quality to me. I've heard mixed reviews about the Circuit saddles. If your price range is around $500 I'd suggest buying a good quality used saddle.
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post #9 of 13 Old 11-14-2008, 02:36 PM
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I have ridden in an HDR (well sat in it) and it was rather uncomfortable.

I also sat in a few collegiates, they were nice.

I personally love my ovation saddle. I've taken in on trail rides (3-4 hours) and I was fine.
I have kept it in good condition, as you can see. I have never ridden out in the rain or threw water with it. (it also comes with accessories too)

If you can though, see if you can sit in them at a tack store. You may find some saddles really uncomfortable, and others comfy.
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-16-2008, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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thanks its a really hard decision between the harry dobbs and ovation. I have never seen a harry dobbs and my friend has a ovation and the seat is really good and soft.
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