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    08-07-2008, 06:29 PM
Thornhill saddles? And other questions


My trainer is suggesting that I get a new saddle. She doesn't think the one that I have (Beval Princeton) is right for hunter/jumping. In fact, she doesn't like anything about it and thinks that a different saddle could improve my balance, grip, position, etc. She has suggested two brands to look at: Thornhill and Marcel Tulouse. Does anyone here have either of those brands that they use for hunter/jumping? If so, what model and what do you think of them?

Also, I have been looking at the cheese grater stirrup pads and the jointed stirrups. Does anyone have any feedback on these as well?

Thanks for your help.
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    08-07-2008, 06:40 PM
What size seat are you?

I'm selling my Ovation Close Contact saddle. Seat size 16.5 medium tree.

It has the normal wear and tear, but is in great condtion.
    08-07-2008, 06:59 PM
I have a Thornhill ProAm which is a close contact jumping saddle and i've had it for 3yrs and it still looks brand new and I ride in it 6 days a weeks! I love it, i've used and rode in all kinds of brands but I love my Thornhill the best so I would agree will ur trainer and strongly suggest you getting one.I ride Jumpers/Eventing. Since I got mine, it improved my balance and jumping position as well, and I just felt a lot more secure in my Thornhill than I did my previous saddle.

As far as the jointed stirrups, I have them as well bc I have a bad ankle and it improved my balance and helps me keep my heels down so much better and relieves a lot of pressure that you have in ur ankles a lot more than regular stirrups.
    08-07-2008, 07:13 PM

I have a devox I love it... I do hunter/jumper and it helps me with my two point and leg grip
    08-07-2008, 07:13 PM
My seat size is a 17 and I think I might get a wide tree for my horse. I bought my current saddle before I found my horse and I think a little wider tree might be good for her.

Also, I think I will look into those jointed stirrups. I have a feeling they could help me a lot. I ordered a pair of those cheese grater pads so hopefully those will help as well.
    08-07-2008, 07:16 PM
Unless I could find a Devoucoux at a nice discounted price, those are a little out of my range. That is why my trainer suggested those two brands, because she has the Thornhill 24k and loves it, and she loves the Toulouse that another barn lady has. They are a little lower priced.
    08-07-2008, 07:18 PM
I have the herm sprenger bow balance stirrups. My knees would hurt if I was in the saddle too long, and I haven't had any knee pain since I got them.

They do have some ability to tilt down, but I haven't really noticed.. but my heels are always down.
    08-07-2008, 07:45 PM

Irish rider you might be able to get one used for maybe 2,000-3,500 but I don't know really what your price range is it might be to much
    08-08-2008, 12:51 AM
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I haven't tried a Thornhill but I have ridden in a M. Toulouse. It's ok. I think it's along the same lines as a pessoa, maybe not quite as nice? (I think I heard that they're somehow related to pessoa). Have you checked ebay for a Devoucoux? You can find some great deals on there and there is a SIGNIFICANT difference between those!

Just curious, what does your trainer not like about the Princeton? My friend (who rides hunters) has it and loves it. She's got a great leg in it.

I have the jointed stirrups and I think they're great. I personally don't love the cheesegrater pads. They're ok, but I actually think they're too sticky. I have some metal pads that look like the typical white rubber fillis pads? (little pyramid shaped points) They are AMAZING! Sticky, but if I were to fall off I my feet would actually come out of the stirrup.
    08-08-2008, 11:09 AM
I was hoping to keep the cost under $2k. More around $1,500.

I am constantly on eBay looking for saddles and other tack so I know you can get good deals. No good deals on Devoucoux yet but it's one of my searches.

My trainer said that Argentina leather is crap (her words exactly), so she hates the leather on my saddle, which is still a little stiff because it's not quite broken in. She doesn't like the shape, etc. The list goes on and on.

I do like the Pessoas but I heard they run a little narrow. I'm always on the lookout for one of those too. Any ideas what models are ideal for doing hunters?

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