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post #1 of 8 Old 07-23-2010, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Saddle brands - need opinions!

OK. I checked the big store and they have the following (used) saddles (see below)... All are black, and I believe some may be older models? Please, feel free to give any comments about them. I have zero experience with dressage saddles, so will appreciate any input.

Bucks County Saddlery (frankly never even heard about it, but the price is good :) ).

County Competitor

Collegiate Lisbon

Courbette Baron Von Trenk

Courbette Luxor

Coventry (never heard either)

CTD Le Parcours (never heard)

Harry Dabbs Dressage

Harry Dabbs Euro Deep (not positive it's same as above)

Kieffer Lech

Passier PSL D

Stubben Romanus
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Look at any reviews you can find on these saddles and brands here:

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If a particular brand isn't present, that would indicate that it is not well-recognized and may not be the best option. Aside from that, I would go for one with the highest reviews.

Are these all of the saddles that would potentially work for you and your horse tree and seat wise, or just all of the saddles? When it comes right down to it, it would be better to have a no-name brand that fits you and your horse well as opposed to a well-known one that doesn't... so definitely take a few out on trial if possible.
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you forgot the Albion! ;)

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you forgot the Albion! ;)
Lol! I just copied everything black and under $1000. :) I've seen some high end saddles (including custom-made) on website. But they are too costly.
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What you need to do is use the saddles on trials, and try them out for yourself and your horse. While some enjoy a particular brand, others do not - so you have to find out what works for you and what doesn't.

Or if you can find a saddler to come out and help you with your process, even better.

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What you need to do is use the saddles on trials, and try them out for yourself and your horse. While some enjoy a particular brand, others do not - so you have to find out what works for you and what doesn't.

Or if you can find a saddler to come out and help you with your process, even better.
That place is like 2+ hours drive away. :) But they have TONS of saddles. And they have 7(?) days return policy (at least used to when I got a saddle there). I'm mostly wondering not from the "comfort/fit" point of view (as I understand we are all different as well as horses), but from the point how it hold on in long run. Some saddles are very stiff, and some looks like junk in 2 months. So I just don't want that to happen!
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If you can find a Karl Niedersuss, grab it!! They are by far my favorite saddles.

Anyways, those Harry Dabbs saddles aren't the greatest. They can work for some riders, but they usually just end up mucking about with your position. That Bucks County saddle looks like it was made in india with leather from a possum or other rodent, not quality at all.

Depending on your build, you're going to like different saddles and the rest that you've listed are worth a look. I would start with the Stubben and the Passier to give you a good base on what you like and don't like and narrow down styles from there.
It is very useful to get a saddle fitter out to identify brands that work with your horse as well (to narrow brands down).
And try to find a KN and a Windsor to try.

Good luck!
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If you can find a Karl Niedersuss, grab it!! They are by far my favorite saddles.

Anyways, those Harry Dabbs saddles aren't the greatest. They can work for some riders, but they usually just end up mucking about with your position. That Bucks County saddle looks like it was made in india with leather from a possum or other rodent, not quality at all.

Depending on your build, you're going to like different saddles and the rest that you've listed are worth a look. I would start with the Stubben and the Passier to give you a good base on what you like and don't like and narrow down styles from there.
It is very useful to get a saddle fitter out to identify brands that work with your horse as well (to narrow brands down).
And try to find a KN and a Windsor to try.

Good luck!
Thanks so much, Anebel! I'll check out if they carry those brands you suggested as well!
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