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post #1 of 18 Old 12-16-2011, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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stubben vs henri de rivel??

I'm getting a new saddle soon and will be using it in eventing - more jumping than dressage. Out of stubben and henri de rivel which do you prefer and why? Is one more comfortable than the other? And is there a specific saddle you recommend? Or if there is another brand you really like let me know! Thanks a bunch!
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post #2 of 18 Old 12-17-2011, 12:32 AM
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I am no expert, I havent ridden in a HDR, however I have ridden in a Stubben and didn't like it, at all.
I do however LOVE Colligate, and highly recommend their saddles.
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post #3 of 18 Old 12-17-2011, 07:48 AM
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I would choose the Stubben saddle over the the Henri De Rivel - as the Stubben is of higher quailty and far more comfortable..

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I do not know about the HDR, but 20+ yrs ago I bought a used Stubben-used, rode in it for 18 yrs, then decided to get a Bates....have no idea why, but sold my beloved Stubben for more than I paid for it, and it was still beautiful. Wish I still had it.

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Quality-wise definitely Stubben over HDR. But with that being said I didn't like the feel of all Stubbens I tried (and the dressage one I tried couple months back didn't put me in correct position like my Thornhill does, don't know about jumping ones though).

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post #6 of 18 Old 12-17-2011, 09:44 AM
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I don't ride English but my daughter rides a Stubben
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post #7 of 18 Old 12-17-2011, 10:06 AM
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When I asked Dover about Stubben vs Bates, one difference they pointed out was how it fits the horse. The Stubben I looked at had a banana-shaped bottom, while the Bates was flatter. Based on the pictures I sent them, they recommended the Bates (which was cheaper) over the Stubben...which is also a compliment to the Dover customer service!

I don't know how the HDRs tend to run. I've only seen them in pictures. Where I live, English saddles are not very common.
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I personally like HDR. I almost got a few bridles from them at one point and they were outstanding in quality.

The best thing to do though would be to make sure it fits your horse, and I believe Dover Saddlery has a rent a saddle option before you buy. You can try them both out if they have them there.

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post #9 of 18 Old 12-19-2011, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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hi everyone -I found out that unfortunately the tack store by where I live doesn't carry stubben :( and the Henri de Rivel didn't have my size anyways. I was looking at their bates saddles which seem very nice, but also very expensive and out of my price range. I'm starting to look at wintec now...any opinions on those?
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post #10 of 18 Old 12-19-2011, 08:54 PM
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hi everyone -I found out that unfortunately the tack store by where I live doesn't carry stubben :( and the Henri de Rivel didn't have my size anyways. I was looking at their bates saddles which seem very nice, but also very expensive and out of my price range. I'm starting to look at wintec now...any opinions on those?
I have a wintec pro dressage which I love, very comfortable and low maintenance. I also have an old stubben wotan(got it on craigslist for only $200) It's not as comfortable because the seat is much harder then the wintec but it's growing on me It's great for jumping, much better then jumping in my dressage saddle!
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