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  • Crosby aga leather or sythetic
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    07-21-2009, 08:53 AM
  #21
Weanling
My favorite is my first saddle, which I still have. It is a Crosby sovereign prix des nations the classic model with no knee pads. When I bought my first horse my trainer had some tack that a friend who had fallen on bad times had given her to sell. Amongst the items was this saddle and it fit my horse beautifully. It was brand new never been ridden in, but had a cut in the seat where a vengeful boyfriend had cut into the saddle leather with a knife. I got it for $300 and sent it to a saddler who used to work for Crosby to have it repaired. She put a patch on it, that makes it look like it was made to be there.

My least favorite is anything with big knee rolls and a lot of bulk. I am also not a fan of synthetics. I too am a fan of classic look of leather and love to soap up a leather saddle and make it shine.
     
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    07-21-2009, 09:52 AM
  #22
Weanling
Rocking R. Can't say enough good stuff about it :) My show saddle is a Rocking R and luckily I just came into a used but new (if that makes sense) Rocking R training saddle for a great price so now I'm set :) Just trying to figure out what English saddle to go for
     
    07-21-2009, 12:03 PM
  #23
Foal
My favorite is my jumping saddle. It is an 18" (I am 6ft tall and need leg room) close contact. It is a Dominus and is fantastic for stadium, cross country, and flat work alike.
I am also very fond of the Courbette Vision.
My least favorite is my Wintec 500. I outgrew it and am ready for a new saddle, perferably one that is leather. This is an OK saddle for people who are just learning dressage, but if you dig a bit deeper and go out to pay a bit more for a different saddle, go for it. Save the cash and get something other than a Wintec. I am still trying to get rid of mine to pay for a new one! Lol
     
    07-21-2009, 06:57 PM
  #24
Green Broke
My favorite saddle is a plaid cloth western saddle. I don't know why but, I'm the only one in the barn that likes this saddle, they all say it's ugly and yes it is, but it's so comfortable.
     
    10-20-2009, 09:14 AM
  #25
Foal
My favorite saddle is my Tucker Old West. I bought it through craigslist for a fraction of its original cost and I just love it. The gel seat, the overall look and fit makes this my favorite saddle. Saving $1300 makes me happy.
Least favorite, my cheap knockoff saddle that sits in the shed since I bought my Tucker.
     
    10-20-2009, 11:15 AM
  #26
Weanling
I don't even know the brand of my saddle...if it even has one...its some off brand I bought from my feed store for $250 and it is the best dang saddle I have ever rode...Its a comfy tough little thing and I've rode the tar out of it in the year an a half I've owner it but it no worse the wear! There is something to be said about nice off brand saddles...just cause its not a big name in saddles doesnt mean its a peice a crap either...an for the price it has def. Already paid for itself...I ride all the time in it, atleast three times a week usually all year around...more often then that in the summer...lol Love the little thing as cheap an off branded as it is lol

The least favorite saddle I've ever rode was my friends cheap little synthetic...it was horridly uncomfortable and so easy to mess up it was like sitting a death trap...
     
    10-20-2009, 12:34 PM
  #27
Weanling
Fave - Antares
Least Fave - Pessoa, these used to be nice saddles, now the leather is cr.ap and the seats are too hard.
     
    10-20-2009, 12:43 PM
  #28
Weanling
For western saddles I am totally jealous of my friend's Natural Performer and plan on stealing it one day (shhhh don't tell her that hahaha) but as of right now I have a reallly old Billy Cook saddle. I don't like it but I don't dislike it either

My least favorite western saddle would be without a doubt the wintec western saddles. They are poorly made and the stories I've heard scared me
     
    10-21-2009, 06:57 PM
  #29
Yearling
I currently despise every saddle I have ever tried. My first one, an HDR synthetic ap was so comfy for me, but had the weirdest shaped gullet. I had to sell it because it didn't fit my horse. I'm trying to find a nice western one that won't hurt me or my horse.
     
    10-21-2009, 07:22 PM
  #30
Foal
Out of all the saddles I've ridden in my all time absolute fav. Has to be the Bates all purpose. SOO comfy. And least is western saddle, or maybe the one I rode in was kinda hard. Since I rode english I might have not been used to it too.

~AL615
     

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