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    01-29-2010, 10:34 PM
Question Saddles- Favorites!

What are some of your favorite saddles? The best quality? For jumping, XC, dressage.
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    01-30-2010, 12:26 AM
I'm currently riding in a Barnsby Cirrus, which I absolutely love.

After years of riding and competing in a flat-as-a-hat close contact; I refer to it as a middle aged lady's butt bucket. It's comfortable, beautifully balanced and deep enough to be very secure, with a knee block well in front of, not under, my knee..

My favorite dressage saddle was a Kieffer Wein. Sold it when I stopped competing.
    01-30-2010, 06:31 AM
Green Broke
I like the collegiate brand, all of their models are really nice and I think their saddles are affordable too.

I love wintecs, but you have to have a pretty flat backed horse for them, other than that I love the easy of care, not having to worry about throwing it around some, and being able to change the gullet to fit a variety of horses.

And lastly I really like the CTD brand of saddles. They are made by stubben on the stubben tree with the stubben leather, however they are considered stubben's "off brand." Fit my curvy backed horse well, and at least the one I had, had buttery soft leather and really cradled me.
    01-30-2010, 02:56 PM
What do you find to be the most comfortable saddle? And what puts you in the best position?
    01-30-2010, 03:25 PM
The French saddles are the hottest thing now, so I guess that those brands are what people think gets the h/j job done the best. French-Used-Saddles, The smart way to buy a top quality French used saddle! Save up to 50% on a quality pre-owned saddle! (NO affiliation!) or for some possibilities. Stubben has cooled, as has Crosby. Fillipe Fontaine seems to be gaining a customer base. Toulouse, also. HDR Pro an Rivella are pretty much shunned except as entry level saddles. Derevel, I never hear anyone say they ride/own one. COTH (Chronicle of hte Horse) for h/j saddle critiques. has reviews.

Dressage preferences are going to be all over the road, unless you are just talking about quality of materials and construction. Dressage saddles are a highly individualized like/dislike, and how they saddle helps or hinders interaction between horse and rider is a whole lot more variable than h/j. Read the tack forum at ultimatedressage for some tips.
    01-30-2010, 03:44 PM
I find it quite amusing how the Hunter/Jumper world goes through "Fads" for tack.


I have always liked Stubbens. They are well made saddles and have been around for years. I do not think you could go wrong with a Stubben IMO.

There is a few Phillip Fontaines at my barn, and they are lovely saddles. Very well made, they look super comfortable. They are saddles used on lesson horses, so they sit in the main tackroom owned by the BO, so I got to have a close up look at them.

M.Toulous saddles are very nice as well. I like them very much. I've ridden in an M.T Premia and I didn't want to get out of it. I used it during a Bruce Davidson clinic *or was it Buck?* Very comfortable, put me in a great position.

Never liked HDR's.

Rembrandts, I owned one and rode in one - and wow is all I have to say. The particular saddle I had was exceptionally well made, leather very soft, very comfortable. Put me in a great position.

Collegiate Convertible Diploma - love this saddle as well. I have been priveledged enough to of been permitted by this particular saddle's owner to use whenever I need to, for she isn't using hers. I got to ride in it last night and I didn't want to get out at all. I am definitely saving my pennies for one of these.
    01-30-2010, 05:24 PM
Not a great saddle, but for trails and jumping fairly low I loved my little synthetic HDR ap. It was a great little starter for saddle for willow and I. Sadly, she grew out of it and I had to sell it last year. :(
    01-30-2010, 05:41 PM
Green Broke
Some of my favorite CC saddles include:

Prestige Red Fox- this saddle is amazing. It puts you in a great position but is more for smaller riders. Had it when I first started eventing but had to sell it when it got too small :(

Courbette Vision- I have this saddle currently and I love it nearly as much as my old Prestige. It is designed for riders with longer legs but it works great for me somehow... haha. I have the old version which I much prefer to the newer model. It is both brown and black but when you sit in the saddle, it looks completely black so I have a black bridle and breastplate. VERY forward seat/flap. Not for people that do not like forward flaps.

I HATE Stubben Siegfrieds. They just do not work for me and a lot of trainers all say that they are the worst saddles for eventing because of the longer flaps and deeper seat


Wintec and Bates Isabell. It's basically my dream saddle. I love the position it puts the rider in and the sticky, deep seat. The only Wintec I like I am saving up for one now. I prefer the Wintec over the Bates because I really think the Bates leather is cheap.

Albion SLK. It's made for shorter riders (has short flaps) and it puts you in a great position. I've had mine for about 5 years and I competed in it when I had a horse that was a medium tree competing. I need to sell it though, I ride medium wide horses now.
    01-30-2010, 06:15 PM
I HATE Stubben Siegfrieds. They just do not work for me and a lot of trainers all say that they are the worst saddles for eventing because of the longer flaps and deeper seat
The Stubben Seigfriede VSD is an All Purpose saddle, geared towards riders who do more Flat Work/Dressage.

The VSS is geared more towards Jumping, but it is still an All Purpose.

The VSSG is has a much more forward of a flap, and more geared towards jumping.

If you want a Stubben for jumping, look more towards the Roxane VSS or the S. Or the Stuben Juventus S - these Stubben models are made for Eventers and Fox Hunters and Jumping in general.

Roxane VSS:

Roxane S

Seigfried VSSG:

Juventus S

Seigfried VSG *dressage, flat work, trail riding - not meant for jumping*

    01-30-2010, 06:20 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for the correction. I noticed that they had an unusually long flap but I tend not to be able to identify AP's :/

I still don't like the one that is made for jumping. The Roxanne looks nice, but the Siegfrieds just suck. Sorry.

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