Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: dark side of the moon
Hmm, it depends on the horse if it would fit, they do build these saddles to last! I rode in a very old Crosby up until a year ago when my mare and all her dressage work grew out of it.
Wider channels aren't necessarily better, it depends on the horse. Lessee rides my gelding in a Wintec Pro for dressage and in Bates AP saddle for jumping. She purchased a Bates dressage saddle and brought it out to the barn to try and the channel was simply too wide for my QH gelding (he goes in a red (wide) tree, but the channel was too wide). It caused him to act very painful and crowhop.
Albions and County's are like that with my mare, I have not found any saddle in those brands that fit her well because of the wide/roomy channels.
At any rate, if you can try it and set it on your horse, do it! Those pancake saddles will sure teach you how to ride. The thing I loved about one that I borrowed for a few months was that for XC riding, even if I got a bad spot or got a little off balance, it was easy to get myself back into the "sweet spot" because there was no high cantle or big padded flaps to get around.