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    03-12-2008, 02:12 AM
Saddle fitting

Where I have been going thru saddle fitting for the last 2 weeks and have finally found something that fits him perfectly as well me and gives me a great seat and puts me in good position. The only thing is that shockingly it's an all purpose/eventing saddle
Of all people on this forum I am without a doubt the person who hates all purpose saddles the most...
Anyways here it is. This could be my saddle minus the fact that mine would be a short flap, not that far forward!

My position is honestly perfect. It fits me very well. My concern is the looks. It might sound conceded but I am about to spend a few thousand dollars so I want to make sure I get something that looks ok as well.

The other thing other than general looks is the lack of knee support. Something I've always said I wanted in my jumping saddle.I would get that piece of leather support behind the knee on the flap removed. It's a difficult decision after we have gone thru so many saddle that didnt fit him.

What do you guys think? You have any experience with this brand or specific saddle?

Thanks guys.

Have to add it's an amazingly comfortable saddle.
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    03-12-2008, 05:09 AM
Is this the Crosby AGA? (I assume you're not talking about the Olympia in the background of Photo 1.) I had an AGA back in the day and really liked it. I usually rode in a Crosby Prix des Nations, so I was used to riding in a saddle with no extra support. The AGA gave me a nice little knee roll for confidence over jumps. It also had a slightly wider regular tree than my PDN's which allowed it to fit more horses.

"I would get that piece of leather support behind the knee on the flap removed."

Do you mean there's a thigh/calf block under the flap that you'll remove? Or are you talking about the actual padding on the flap? My old AGA didn't have a thigh/calf block, and the very slight padding on the flap didn't affect my riding at all. I wouldn't recommend taking the padding out of the back of the would probably be all saggy and would lower the resale value if you ever need/want to sell it.

I didn't even know they still produced the AGA! Just be sure you're getting one of the good Crosbys. Crosby was originally distributed by Miller's and were very, very high quality. Then they switched over to Walsall Riding Saddle Company and were still good quality out of England. For a brief time, the Crosby designs were sold off to Excelle which were by far inferior saddles. Now, I believe they're back to the Crosby name, but I'm not sure who produces them or what quality they are.
    03-12-2008, 12:04 PM
Thank you so much for your reply. I had tried quite a few saddles myself after we figured what kind of fit my horse would need. None of them were as comfy as this one (surprisingly). I was talking about that piece of padding on the actual flap. But you are right, I don't think it would make a difference in the long run. I was thinking more for looks than anything.

This design just came out. I guess they just revemped their saddle. The official name is the "Crosby Softride All purpose Saddle".

This is the old style, but the same saddle. I ws having issues finding that right link again: Purpose Saddle"

The saddle put me in a really nice position (which was the shocker for me).

Have you heard that this saddle this all purpose saddle is specifically build to be more directed for jumping? This is what I was told by the vendor, tho they are trying to sell me a saddle right...
    03-13-2008, 01:34 AM
Ahh, so you're talking about the one in the background of Photo 1 then. Yeah, those used to be called "The Olympia," but then after all the selling and re-selling of the Crosby names, it was changed recently to the Sofride.

I personally haven't owned a Sofride, but a friend of mine does. She completely adores it! She raves of how comfortable it is. She uses it for jumping among other things (mainly just pleasure/hacking).

I would agree that as far as All Purpose saddles go, the Sofride does have more of a tendency towards jumping rather than dressage. The flap is just forward enough to allow you to up your stirrups a hole or two for a comfortable jumping position. It seems like the only things that make it AP as opposed to just jumping is the longer flap and rounded cantle.
    03-13-2008, 09:40 PM
M2G, I have an event saddle and LOVE it. It has a deeper seat than most AP saddles so you can do proper flatwork and have a deep seat riding to the fence, but it's not so deep you can't get up and out of it over a fence.
    03-13-2008, 10:22 PM
Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
M2G, I have an event saddle and LOVE it. It has a deeper seat than most AP saddles so you can do proper flatwork and have a deep seat riding to the fence, but it's not so deep you can't get up and out of it over a fence.
I am actually trying to get rid of my cross country saddle at the moment. I hate it

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