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post #1 of 9 Old 08-29-2012, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Western Dressage Saddle?

Has anyone ridden in a Western Dressage Saddle?

I have been drooling over the CircleY Western Dressage saddle for a very long time. I'd hate to save up the money and hate the saddle!


I haven't looked real hard, but does any other company make a Western Dressage Saddle?

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-29-2012, 02:10 PM
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I dont' really see the point of it. If you have a good Western saddle that does NOT put you in a chair seat by virtue of having the stirrup bars too far forward, you should be able to do any and all that you could do in that saddle.

Better to just get a nice dressage saddle.

this is the saddle I have. It is very comfy and fits darn near any horse I put it on. I call it "the Sofa" due to it's soft seat. It isnt' the best dressage saddle but for the price, it's great for an amature.

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I can't see the point in the Circle Y saddle. Who needs thigh rolls in a good western saddle? Look for a well made balanced ride. Several saddlers make saddles on the old Monte Foreman tree and it rides like a good english dressage saddle. Other saddlers are coming out with "western dressage" saddles but they're built on the same principle - no gimmicks, just a tree that centers the rider and allows the leg to hang straight down and cutouts to make the saddle as close contact as possible.
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I guess these are both very valid points.
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-03-2012, 04:06 PM
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circle y seems to coming out with the gimmicks lately
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I like the thigh blocks. I think one thing that is going to be coming out more and more is a lighter leather so you can feel your legs against the horse. As a dressage rider who has ridden in dressage saddles, then went to a western one with a different horse, I hate that I can't feel my legs on the horse due to all that leather in a traditional western saddle. I am still considering the Circle Y saddle even though it is ugly. I wish it said it has a narrow twist, which I don't think it does. Charles Wilhelm has one he calls his cowgirl dressage saddle, which I think has the narrow twist but it's more expensive, if you can believe it. I think more saddlers will come up with something soon. Right now it seems to be just a few who are starting to come up with this new , sort of hybrid saddle.
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I have a good friend who bought a Circle Y Western Dressage Saddle, her trainer laughed at it as did many of the other people at her barn.

She ended up getting a close contact style Western Trail Saddle and loves it, so does everyone else.

She takes the bucking rolls off for Competition, but uses them for trail riding

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post #8 of 9 Old 09-21-2013, 08:49 PM
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That's a beautiful saddle, Southern Trails.
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I agree, beautiful saddle!
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