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post #21 of 28 Old 07-17-2012, 04:32 PM
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I'm currently saving up for a Barefoot Tahoe Classic myself.
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Please keep in touch with us (or at least me!) with what you find when you get your Tahoe - I'm on the fence with that brand and can't seem to pull the trigger on the sale, so to speak.

I've read quite a few comments from folks my size that fall exactly in the middle between the size 1 and 2 and that size one ends up being too small (pommel touching crotch) and the size two is a whole palms with wider. Seems like too much of a drastic change between the sizes. So please keep us posted! I really want one - but they are a bit pricey for the chance I'd have to take (paying for shipping both ways adds up when you are trying saddles)

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post #22 of 28 Old 07-17-2012, 05:00 PM
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As for brands for $1000 you have lots of choices..

Yes like the above quote mentions, that is a nice chunk of cash that gives you lots of room to be picky - so don't be afraid to be picky! Try them all on, ride in them at all gaits and have some friends come out and make sure the saddle fits you and your horse. Take pics - it is always nice to have front/back/side reference when trying to decide. If it was me, I'd be sure to consider resale value, so buy quality and brands that people recognize, just in case you do have to change up things from time to time.
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post #23 of 28 Old 07-17-2012, 09:24 PM
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And 'close-contact' is a panel type, not a saddle type.
Is it what we call monoflap? Just curious, because I assume there can be a difference in terminology depending on country.

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post #24 of 28 Old 07-17-2012, 09:28 PM
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kitten_val is the fit of the saddle compromised any with a saddle that doesn't have the changeable gulletswhen your fitter fits the saddle's panels?
I'm not a fan of changeable gullets frankly. What I did I got in as many saddles as I could (like 6 or 8), and then I and my saddle fitter tried all of them on both horses. The one I have now (Vienna) was the best fit at the time. But later on road she had to add flocking on front (because horses changed quite a bit with consistent riding). I also have to use no-bow wrap folded twice on one side (because my qh is uneven unfortunately). But fitted saddle is a fitted saddle - that's for sure.

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I agree nothing beats a fitted saddle :)
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post #26 of 28 Old 07-18-2012, 04:25 AM
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Is it what we call monoflap? Just curious, because I assume there can be a difference in terminology depending on country.
Slight difference. Monoflap saddles have panel/sweatflap and flap either fixed together or otherwise made in one, usually with the girth tabs running through rather than between saddle and horse, though sometimes over the flap something like an overgirth. Because they are pretty specialist - cross-country saddles seem most common but dressage as well - they're very often fitted with a close-contact panel. I think the original idea was to save weight (for example, the Jeffries 'Flyover' cross-country saddle has a carbon fibre tree).

So a bit of a mix, then

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Slight difference. Monoflap saddles have panel/sweatflap and flap either fixed together or otherwise made in one, usually with the girth tabs running through rather than between saddle and horse, though sometimes over the flap something like an overgirth. Because they are pretty specialist - cross-country saddles seem most common but dressage as well - they're very often fitted with a close-contact panel. I think the original idea was to save weight (for example, the Jeffries 'Flyover' cross-country saddle has a carbon fibre tree).

So a bit of a mix, then
Interesting! Thanks for explaining!

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I appreciate the discussions! If I can figure out how to put his photo on I will....very new to all this. An internet saddle fitter said I couldn't put a 18" seat on a short back Arab. But, there must be a brand/style that would fit a 17.5 seat. I'm not that big, by I don't want to be squished. I sat in a Prestige Optimax, 18-33 & it was nice size, but didn't fit my seat bones. Thanks
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