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    01-06-2013, 07:42 PM
  #11
Trained
That could be the difference. My saddles are not cheap. One thing that is a negative about the wooden trees is that they are so heavy.
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    01-07-2013, 12:09 PM
  #12
Weanling
There are a couple of variations on the Laureate. The older ones are better. The newer one had kind of an extremely forward flap, and may not have been made in Argentina.

Here's the older one, made in Argentina. These are really nice leather.
Laureate_17M Photos by saddles4sale_2009 | Photobucket
If 17M is your size, my local tack store still had two new ones in stock. I took these pictures of them for someone on another broad. She ordered a Laureate online and what she got was the forward flap saddle.

I don't know anything about that other brand.

Eta: I see you're in Canada. That might make it harder to deal with small tack shops in the USA.

Warped trees: Some are warped from the beginning and should never have been used. More likely, they warp from years of riders mounting from the ground. The cantle twists off to the right, and the leaft front edge drops low, if you sight down the saddle from the cantle end.

That's a saddleseat cutback, and an extreme example. But the hunt saddles can twist the same way.
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    01-07-2013, 12:21 PM
  #13
Weanling
New or used saddles can be damaged from other saddles being heaped on them, at stables or in tack shops. Getting rolled on can do it as well. Always check any new or used saddle for straight tree and for symmetry.
     
    01-11-2013, 01:13 PM
  #14
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Tack Collector    

Warped trees: Some are warped from the beginning and should never have been used. More likely, they warp from years of riders mounting from the ground. The cantle twists off to the right, and the leaft front edge drops low, if you sight down the saddle from the cantle end.
That's a saddleseat cutback, and an extreme example. But the hunt saddles can twist the same way.
I understand why the cantle twists to the right when mounting from the ground. Too much weight opn the left stirrup bar. However, I'v seen numerous saddles where the cantle was twisted to the right, where the rider was grabbing the cantle to mount. It seems like that should cause the cantle to twist to the left, yet they all ended up twisting to the right. Have you ever noticed the same thing?
     
    01-11-2013, 01:53 PM
  #15
Super Moderator
I have had some lovely english leather saddlers (Ideal and L&R) but I sold them for a New style wintec - I would not buy another non adjustable saddle. I also have a Wintec Wide for my haflinger and a Thorowgood cob dfessage saddle. I would like a Kent and Master's leather adjustable saddle, but cannot afford one at present.
     
    03-26-2013, 05:44 PM
  #16
Foal
Just as an update, I went ahead and bought the Val du Bois (FINALLY!). I'll be sure to post a review and pics when I get it, probably in a separate thread! Stay tuned!:)
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    04-02-2013, 03:21 PM
  #17
Foal
The saddle is here (Val du bois)!! Sooo excited! The leather is MUCH better than I expected! I can't wait to try it out! Pictures to come!
     
    04-02-2013, 06:14 PM
  #18
Weanling
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Originally Posted by freia    
I understand why the cantle twists to the right when mounting from the ground. Too much weight opn the left stirrup bar. However, I'v seen numerous saddles where the cantle was twisted to the right, where the rider was grabbing the cantle to mount. It seems like that should cause the cantle to twist to the left, yet they all ended up twisting to the right. Have you ever noticed the same thing?
Yes. That Whitman is like that.

Why? I have no idea, lol. I guess that it twists diagonally that way because it can't simply fold in half. Stomping on the stirrup bar plus pulling the cantle toward you would be like you trying to wrap both the cantle and the pommel toward you. But there is another side of the tree that is preventing that. So twist diagonally is as far as it can get? I dunno. Lorien Stable - Twist in Trees and Twisted Trees shows this diagram and says that the point will dig in on one side, and the cantle will dig in on the opposite side.
     
    04-02-2013, 06:14 PM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by ThatAppy    
The saddle is here (Val du bois)!! Sooo excited! The leather is MUCH better than I expected! I can't wait to try it out! Pictures to come!
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    04-04-2013, 08:28 AM
  #20
Foal
Here it is!! Sorry the coloring is off, I had to turn on the flash :P
IMG_6759.jpg
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