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    01-25-2013, 07:43 PM
  #1
Weanling
Possible new saddle questions

I had the saddle fitter out today to look at Amber and my current saddle is too wide so I am looking into buying a new one. Unfortunately it was raining when the fitter was out (it NEVER rains here, why did it have to today?!) so I wasn't able to ride in any of the saddles, but he left a Schleese jumping saddle for me to try out this week. I had never heard of this brand before, but apparently they are pretty pricey new. This one is used but in great shape and is only $900. So, my questions: Is this a good brand? It has air filled panels (flair I think he called them?). Are these typically comfortable for the horse and rider? Also, the saddle doesn't have knee rolls. I ride hunters and am starting to jump (mostly crossrails now with a few low verticals) but I plan to go up to 2'6. Will not having knee rolls be a problem? I plan to have my trainer give me her opinion too at my next lesson, but it probably won't be for another week because of the rain. Thank you in advance for your help!
EDIT: I just looked it up and it is a Schleese Ventura
Picture of the saddle: http://s409.photobucket.com/albums/p...ent=saddle.png
     
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    01-25-2013, 08:34 PM
  #2
Yearling
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Originally Posted by PaintLover17    
So, my questions: Is this a good brand? It has air filled panels (flair I think he called them?). Are these typically comfortable for the horse and rider? Also, the saddle doesn't have knee rolls. I ride hunters and am starting to jump (mostly crossrails now with a few low verticals) but I plan to go up to 2'6. Will not having knee rolls be a problem?
Is it a good saddle? Yes, Schleese makes lovely, well-balanced, quality saddles. Good for horses and riders alike.
Flair panels: I've heard only good things about them, but have never ridden in one. They are adjustable, which is great. I don't know, but I would think that they might have some "bounce" to them? I wouldn't like that personally.
No knee-rolls. Not a problem at 2'6" if you've learned to ride using good position and good lower-leg control. If you've learned to ride by relying on the saddle to put you in the right position, you might be in for a surprise. Check out this thread:
No kneeroll jumpers?
     
    01-25-2013, 08:40 PM
  #3
Weanling
Thank you! I don't think I rely on the saddle too much for my position. Guess I'm going to find out!
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    01-26-2013, 08:23 PM
  #4
Showing
Be sure to find out how much he charges to adjust the saddle to fit your horse, if you consider buying this saddle. They have some means of narrowing or widening the points as well. Get the cost in writing.
     
    01-27-2013, 07:57 AM
  #5
Yearling
Be aware that Flair is a 'fitter-only' adjust - you can't do it yourself. That means regular visits for checks, etc.

Also, horses fitted with these saddles will often broaden due to the reduced saddle pressures. That's a good thing, but bear in mind the saddle may need to be widened (or a new saddle bought) in future.

One big advantage of Flair is that if your horse is one which gains or loses weight/condition quickly (within reason) the saddle will tend to fit better than one conventionally flocked because the airbags are continually adjusting their shape.

Best of luck :)
     
    01-27-2013, 10:16 AM
  #6
Showing
The tree (points) are made of a bendable plastic that can be adjusted under pressure. No matter the material, it develops a memory. If it was manufactured in, say positon A which is too wide, it can be compressed to fit positon B, at least for a while. But plastics, being as they are, will eventually try to return to the original shape. Go to youtube and type in Schleese saddle fitting. There are a number of videos and one will show you how it's done.
     

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