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post #1 of 13 Old 07-23-2010, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Seeking Jumping Saddle advice for long-legged rider!

Hey everyone! Iím looking for jumping saddle recommendations. My femur is longer than Iíd like it to be, which causes a lot of frustration when shopping for a saddle. Right now, Iím riding in a Stubben-made CTD saddle, which is an all-purpose. The thigh blocks really prevent me from having the freedom Iíd like, and the knee blocks are so massive and the flap isnít cut forward enough to accommodate my leg when I shorten my stirrups. Because of this, Iím planning on selling this saddle and a couple of others, and combining the profits to invest in a new jumping saddle.

So far, this is the list of saddles Iíve sat in and have not liked:
All the HDR saddles the tack stores around here carry
All of the M. Toulouse saddles- The flap is just not long enough or forwards enough for my leg
Meyerstone saddles
Most of the Wintec saddles- I liked the Wintec 500 Jump but on second look, it looks clunky and awkward to me
Collegiate Diploma

Iíve seen recommendations on the Bates Caprilli, any thoughts on that?

Also, the Jeffries saddles- Anyone know about these? I've heard that they are forward-cut but I don't think anyone local carries them.

I appreciate any and all recommendations!
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-23-2010, 10:16 PM
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I have a friend who has reeeeally long legs, she got her jumping saddle custom made with the biggest flaps possible, and it only just fits. But it does fit, and she rides well in it. If your having this much trouble finding one, I would suggest getting one custom made. It might cost a bit more, but it'll last forever and will really help you in the long run
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post #3 of 13 Old 07-23-2010, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, unfortunately, the income of a 16 year old isn't enough to do so. =/ I'm looking at the Ovation 4 Star Event saddle, as well as the Bates Caprilli. I'm hoping to find one close by, either model, or one I can trial, so that I can find out if one or the other would work for me. I guess I'll be investing close to $800 or so, but ideally, the less the better.
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post #4 of 13 Old 07-23-2010, 10:25 PM
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Consider trying the Bates Caprilli Close Contact with the forward cut flap....this is the saddle that I have and I am very pleased with it.

I also have a long femur (I am 5'9") and the forward cut flap is nice for a longer leg. All blocks can also be removed if you wish...they simply attached with velcro.

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post #5 of 13 Old 07-28-2010, 12:50 AM
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I too have the exact problem as you and it really stinks! My knees have started going over my knee rolls.. I know you said you checked out the Toulouse saddles but last week I tried the toulouse premia with a long flap and it fit me perfectly and even has removable blocks and very forward flaps. I was just lucky they tack store had it in long flap ;)

If your close to a large tack store, I would bring a list of saddles you may want to try and just go from there. The store by me had an excellent woman who threw me on a bunch in my price range and she did the whole " did you like this one or this one" until we eliminated all but one.

Best of luck!

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post #6 of 13 Old 07-28-2010, 06:56 AM
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I'm 5'9 with long legs. My Pessoa (Rodrigo Stadium) is very comfortable for me to ride (unfortunately doesn't fit my grown for the last year horses anymore, so I'm selling it/getting wider one), I also ride in instructor's Bates (Caprilli I believe) and it's again a pretty good fit (although I like it little less as it's more bulky IMO than Pessoa).
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post #7 of 13 Old 07-28-2010, 08:41 PM
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Pessoa Gen-X Forward flap. I have freakishly long legs and my knees do not overshoot the knee rolls. Pessoa just started making this model this year and currently only 16.5 & 17's are available. I'm waiting for September when the 17.5's come out. They're about $1200. Very comfortable and nicely balanced.

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post #8 of 13 Old 07-28-2010, 08:56 PM
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Welcome to my world! 6'1ft and all leg - I used to ride in Bates Caprilli's (my father's saddles from back when he jumped - one person once said they should be in a museum because they were so old) - bah, humbug!

Anyway, I now ride in a French saddle, can't remember the name or make sorry, but one I have found to be AWESOME and I will one, one day... is the Hoy Passier Saddle - it's more an eventing type saddle, but I just love it - and I love my saddles flat too, so that could be it as well. But it's awesome. Just brace yourself though... $5,999 price tag :(

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post #9 of 13 Old 07-28-2010, 09:55 PM
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Courbette Visons are made for long legged riders and are super awesome saddles!

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post #10 of 13 Old 07-30-2010, 11:38 PM
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Courbette Saddlery Company, Inc. The Vision

Check that site out. The saddle price is in the general area as the other saddles you are looking at in the 1500 range. I have ridden in the old version and did great I am 6' tall and nearly ALL leg. And now I see that they have also come out with a new version with the longer more forward flap. Also this saddle is EXTREMELY comfy.
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