I have been looking at Courbette saddles because I like how close the curve of the tree comes to my current saddle that fits my horse in everything but tree width. Any thoughts on this brand? I was looking at the Alpina model and really liked what I saw, but I found several complaints that the seats were really hard. Is this just in the older models?
Here are the two models of the Alpina that I am considering:
Courbette Alpina 17 inches Saddle - eBay (item 320625729479 end time Dec-09-10 16:40:10 PST)
Courbette Close Contact 17 1/2 Alpina - eBay (item 300499119622 end time Dec-07-10 07:41:55 PST)
Kind of amazed me that they were both the same saddle, but I think the second one is the newer version.
I also found this one that I like: Pelham Saddlery: Courbette Magic Used All Purpose Saddle 17.5 MW
The other thing that concerns me is the lametex tree, in general I haven't heard a lot of good things about flex trees, but that was mostly in western saddles. A lot of people seemed to complain that their courbette fit differently then a non-flex tree in the same width. Anybody have any good or bad experiences with this tree?
Now that I finally have a horse that I think I am going to be set with for a while, I really want to be careful and find a good saddle that is not only going to last me a long time, but also fit him well, while staying within my budget.