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    08-30-2011, 02:37 AM
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Foal
Question Recommend any jumping saddles?

I would like to purchase a show jumping saddle, do you recommend any? Right now the only english saddle I own is a Supra synthetic all-purpose saddle. It is good for trails, but not much else. I am on a budget so I would like to keep the prices to under $1,000. But I could always buy a used one. Thanks a bunch.
     
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    08-30-2011, 07:52 AM
  #2
Foal
I recently just found a really lightly used 2009 Collegiate Diploma on eBay for $400 (about $700 altogether, with the shipping to get it here from California and get some nice quality fittings), and I LOVE it! It's the comfiest thing EVER! My friend who has a $2500 Barnsby came to visit a little while ago, and couldn't believe it when she sat in it! As far as fit goes, it's a convertible saddle, so as my guy changes shape I can change it with him. :) Generally though, he's got really low withers and a reeeally wide back (in typical pony fashion...), and it fits him like a glove! As for me, I'm 5'1 with a lot more leg than body, with I guess a longish thigh for someone my height?
In general I'm a huge advocate of Collegiates of any kind now...any that I've heard about have been wonderful! I've included some pics of my own, hopefully that'll help you out a bit.





A pic of my guy's confo, so you can get an idea for back shape.


And one to show you how it fits me, too! :)

Hope that helps! ^^
     
    08-30-2011, 07:57 AM
  #3
Showing
Whatever fit your horse! But apart from it I'd suggest to look into M Toulouse (I have Claudine model and really like it) and Collegiate.
     
    08-30-2011, 10:52 AM
  #4
Foal
For showing, I use a Pessoa saddle and I love it. New, they can be pricey but you can usually find one used in your price range. Best of luck!
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    08-30-2011, 11:15 AM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SionTheMonster    
I recently just found a really lightly used 2009 Collegiate Diploma on eBay for $400 (about $700 altogether, with the shipping to get it here from California and get some nice quality fittings), and I LOVE it! It's the comfiest thing EVER! My friend who has a $2500 Barnsby came to visit a little while ago, and couldn't believe it when she sat in it! As far as fit goes, it's a convertible saddle, so as my guy changes shape I can change it with him. :) Generally though, he's got really low withers and a reeeally wide back (in typical pony fashion...), and it fits him like a glove! As for me, I'm 5'1 with a lot more leg than body, with I guess a longish thigh for someone my height?
In general I'm a huge advocate of Collegiates of any kind now...any that I've heard about have been wonderful! I've included some pics of my own, hopefully that'll help you out a bit.





A pic of my guy's confo, so you can get an idea for back shape.


And one to show you how it fits me, too! :)

Hope that helps! ^^
Wow that is a crazy good deal on a collegate diploma in that good of shape.
     
    08-30-2011, 12:30 PM
  #6
Foal
I KNOW. And it came with the entire gullet kit too - all the plates, all the screws, everything. My mind was blown. It seemed like it was hardly used at all! Just enough to be broken in so I didn't have to do that part, lol. We'd been hunting for 6 months for a saddle and stumbled upon that one just by chance - everything about it was absolutely perfect, so we bought it! The universe was smiling at us that day. :)
     
    08-30-2011, 12:55 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Def green with envy!
     
    08-30-2011, 01:03 PM
  #8
Showing
I really like the Wintec Close Contact saddle. The fitting for the horses, is really nice and the look of them is quite nice as well. I believe they are $600-700? But you would have to verify that. I know every one I have seen worked out really well, and the look is really nice.

Easy to maintain as well. One thing to keep in mind, is their "easy" gullet change system is really not that easy to change. Some people will likely differ with that comment-which is typical-but I never found those system to work out that well.

Great saddles tho, I would definitely ride in one.
     
    08-30-2011, 02:06 PM
  #9
Foal
Super happy with it! I almost bought a Bates Caprilli close contact after riding in my coach's a few times, and I'm glad now I didn't...wasn't completely comfortable/satisfied with the kind of position it put me in, even though it fit Olls really well. Thankfully did some research and found out that the Diploma and the Caprilli are built on the same trees, so hunted for a looong time for one and found what I have now! It's a miracle that the first one we bought/tried fit both of us perfectly. I still don't know how we pulled that off. LOL.
     
    08-30-2011, 03:46 PM
  #10
Foal
I'm really a big advocate of buying something nicer that is used. The craftmanship, fit for you & the horse, and leather is just much better on the high end saddles. They will last forever, so if someone cared for it well, it is definitely worth it. Also, you won't have to break it in!

Go to a local tack store and measure yourself to see what seat fits you best. The average adult female is normally at 17". The most important thing is that it fits your horse, not just in width but also make sure it doesn't sit too high or too low.

Try the saddle on your horse and if you can ride in it. The stirrup leathers should hang naturally under your leg. One problem with the wintec/bates/collegiate line is that the stirrup bar is a bit forward than most other saddles. They have a tendency to throw you into a chair seat. I am saying this because I have owned all 3 from this brand and ride in them often. I still have my bates because I need it to fit different horses coming in & out of training, but constantly struggle to keep my leg in place as I ride.

I recommend buying the HDR or Dover's Circuit Brand for saddles on a budget. You can often find them used too since they are pretty popular models. The saddle tree on these saddles are built much more like the higher-end ones (Beval, CWD, Black Country, etc) so you will be more balanced and correct. The reason they are cheaper is because the leather quality isn't as good and they don't have the name behind them. But still a very good saddle. Pessoa's are pretty good for a medium-high end brand as well, and you can find a lot of them used. If you can find a used one in good shape from when they were still made in France - get it! The new ones aren't nearly as good of quality and stay away from their new gullet system!
     

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