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post #1 of 5 Old 07-01-2011, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Ugh! Saddles!

Sooo long story short, I bought a saddle about 6 months ago, that I love and that fits my horse, but the girth points aren't safe - they don't run all the way over the top of the saddle's tree and they're held on by one screw each girth point. I only found this out after having it fitted last week - a fit which, by the way, I am NOT happy with. My horse likes it but I feel a mile above his back and cannot get my legs on him at all. I want some of the stuffing taken out but it's near on impossible to get a saddle fitter here and it was so expensive the first time around for a fit that I was not happy with. And the saddle itself isn't safe. I haven't had a problem but that's not to say I won't - after all, I've only HAD the thing for 6 or 8 months!

I owe money that I have to pay off first before I can get a new saddle. I was going to buy one anyway but now it's a toss-up - do I get another dressage saddle, or do I bite the bullet and buy a jumping saddle? I know I need something I can jump in. I hate allpurpose saddles or I'd be riding in the one I have.

Is it ok to ride in a less-than-ideally-safe saddle for flatwork only and get something more sturdy and therefore safer for jumping? Should I just ditch the dressage saddle idea altogether? What would YOU do in my situation? (you have a saddle that isn't designed for your discipline, that isn't ideally safe, and you have the option to buy one that IS designed for your discipline but makes training things that are vital for said discipline more difficult)

If I were to buy a jumping saddle it would be a Wintec 500 jump. It's relatively cheap, from a good brand that is proven to last, and the Wintec jumping saddles are fairly well-balanced saddles. The other option is to find myself a Wintec dressage saddle that fits my boy. That'll probably be the 500, because as wonderful as the Isabell is (I have a rip-off, same saddle, lower pricetag, lower safety value) I don't like the contact, or rather lack thereof, that I have with my horse when I ride in it.

My budget doesn't extend to leather saddles unless I buy second-hand, and I'm lazy so prefer synthetic simply for the low-maintenance value of them. Otherwise I'd be looking at saddles like the Bates Caprilli jump, which I know I can pick up second hand for as little as $800, but that I'm not sure of regarding fit.

Either way this is a little pie-in-the-sky at the moment because I won't commit myself to more financial things while I still owe money, but hey, that's what thinking ahead's for - so I know what to do with myself when that debt is paid off.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-01-2011, 10:49 AM
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I have the Wintec 500 Jump.
I really like it. It is supportive and well-balanced.
I ordered it from Adam's Horse Supply, and it comes with free leathers, irons, a girth, and a saddle cover. I paid ONLY $549 for all of that because shipping is free and there is no tax. It also arrived in four days.
It's nice on the wallet and not bad on the eyes, either.

The only thing I dislike is that the channel is pretty wide. It still fits my girl just fine, I'm just used to much smaller channels.

Overall I really like it.
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Would they ship to Australia though? I would assume it would take several weeks, and I don't have a credit card - and Mum won't put such a large expense on hers for me to pay her back.

And I actually LIKE a wide channel so that's really great news for me! A wider channel means more room for the horse's spine which means less likelihood of pinching and sore spots.

Thing is though, I need to be able to do my flatwork too, and I'm leaning towards not bothering with having my dressage saddle re-fitted AGAIN (and therefore leaving it be) - is it supportive enough of a more flatwork-oriented position, or will I need a dressage saddle too? I ride dressage at the moment for my own confidence but I usually ride jumpers and eventing and I don't want to have to switch saddles AGAIN when my confidence gets back to where it was before my nasty fall a couple of months ago.
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It is definitely suitable for flatwork IMO. Actually that is all I will be doing in it for another few years as my horse is only three.
It is really up to you. I have always been a hunter-princess and ridden with short stirrups, so I find it very comfy for flat work. If you like longer stirrups, though, you may not find it as suitable. It totally depends on what you consider "comfortable."

Didn't know you were down under! I'm sure you could search and find a great deal like that in your area, though. It took me a while to find such a great price!

ETA: Here is a picture I took of mine when I first got it. It is much prettier in person, too!

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Mmm, I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for a good deal then. I do like the 500 allpurpose that I have but it just isn't 'one or the other' enough for me, plus it's too small. I don't really need new mounts for it, just the saddle itself, and I know there's one for sale for $500 at the moment in great condition. I just don't have $500 to spend on saddles right now. I owe enough money as it is and with my luck the day I hock myself up more will be the day I get a huge vet bill.
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