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post #1 of 8 Old 09-15-2011, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Portuguese Bullfighting saddle

I may have the opportunity to purchase one of these.

I've looked up on line what they look like, and they are very similar to medieval saddles. I'm working towards riding with my local SCA (medieval group) and this saddle would certainly make the outfit look authentic!

Does anyone have any personal experience with these saddles? From my research it looks like a high pommel and cantle, sitting you deep into the cushioned seat with a "chair seat" style.

I would like to know how to size one for a Quarter Horse (slight build, needs a narrower gullet, WP breeding, around 14.2hh) and to me. I take a 16" in a western saddle.

Any stories about one? How comfortable (or uncomfortable) it is, the fit, is it comfortable for a horse, for long rides, for games?

Anything I should watch out for? Any idea what the general pricing on these are?

Thanks in advance

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-15-2011, 03:05 PM
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My sister has an Alta Escuela saddle and it is extremely comfortable! She used it on the Azteca she use to own and the QH that is at my place.
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-28-2011, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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I had a chance to try out the saddle.



It fit Chip, and I was able to sit in it very snugly. I had to shorten the stirrups a bit. It was comfortable and certaily hugged you! It felt different than riding in the western saddle I'm used to.

The only problem were those lower flap portions you see. Those prohibited my lower leg from contacting the horse's side, therefore I had no leg aids and Chip was unresponsive. I had to move my leg back, bend my knee into an uncomfortable (and unsecure) position to engage him with my heel.

I'm thinking the Portugese either don't ride with a lot of leg, or have long spurs to touch the horse's side.

It was disappointing, because in every other detail, I liked the saddle.

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post #4 of 8 Old 09-28-2011, 12:07 PM
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cool looking saddle though, that's very disappointing about the ride you get in it... is it new? It looks practically unused.
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Curious what a saddle like that costs...?
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cool looking saddle though, that's very disappointing about the ride you get in it... is it new? It looks practically unused.
Yes it was new, only used a couple of times by the owner.

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Curious what a saddle like that costs...?
She wanted $350.00 for this one. Not a bad price!

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I think once you break it in, it will flex more. I think it is reaaly perfect looking for Med. riding.
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-22-2011, 02:13 PM
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Red Gate Farm, if you aren't interesting in purchasing that saddle, I might be. Do you mind providing more information or passing my email address along to the seller?
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Thanks for any assistance.
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