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    03-01-2013, 10:18 PM
  #31
Trained
Collegiate's all yours. They don't balance me well at all. I already know the Thorowgood fits me & horsey, so it's a no brainer for me. Just with I could get brown.
     
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    03-01-2013, 10:21 PM
  #32
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Collegiate's all yours. They don't balance me well at all. I already know the Thorowgood fits me & horsey, so it's a no brainer for me. Just with I could get brown.
Well they said they have the T8 in brown... so its an option for me if they can. I will have to call and talk to them and see what I can work out. Thanks for the link! I never knew about them!
     
    03-01-2013, 10:22 PM
  #33
Trained
Really? They have the T8 in brown? I thought it was just the jump saddle that came in brown. That's great if it comes in brown. Black looks kinda silly on a faded bay horse in late summer.
     
    03-01-2013, 10:25 PM
  #34
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Really? They have the T8 in brown? I thought it was just the jump saddle that came in brown. That's great if it comes in brown. Black looks kinda silly on a faded bay horse in late summer.
Yep the GP comes in brown. At least that's what it says there and I was told by Greenhawk they can order it in brown.

I don't like black on my bay mare. It just doesn't look right and mare is bay so yea... im in the same boat as you with that one lol
     
    03-01-2013, 10:26 PM
  #35
Trained
Yey! You made my night! The main reason I was looking for the jump saddle is because I thought that was the only way to get brown. I'll never jump high enough to justify the forward flaps on that saddle. The GP T8 fits me just fine.
     
    03-01-2013, 10:32 PM
  #36
Green Broke
So my coach has shot down the County lol. I really want a jump saddle *sigh* I don't mind an AP but I do jump high enough that a jump saddle makes a difference for me. But an AP is nice to ride dressage in. I wont be taking mare higher then pretraining as she's getting up there in age and will be bred soon to give me a 2014 baby and I will just end up riding clients horses until baby is old enough to start in 2018... but that's 5 years away... decisions decisions... I jump mare high at home, but I could always borrow my coaches jump saddle when I am schooling higher stuff...
     
    03-01-2013, 10:36 PM
  #37
Trained
...and if you switch horses in 5 years that might mean a different saddle anyway. Sounds like it's best to get a saddle that will fit your needs for your current horse and needs without breaking the bank knowing you will most likely need a different one once she retires. If it helps at all, I have a freakishly long lower leg that shoots over the flap of every forward flap jumping saddle I've ever sat in. For some reason, that doesn't happen in the T8 AP. Also, it does offer a nice deep seat and good balance for dressage. On the other hand, if you hate deep seats for jumping, Thorowgood isn't the one for you. I like the security of it, but I know the cantle can get in your way if you're doing novice or training and need to get into the back seat to do down banks and drops.
     
    03-01-2013, 10:51 PM
  #38
Green Broke
Mmm Mares baby should be my upper level horse. He/she will be bred out the arse for eventing and jumping. So I am saving to get custom saddles for the baby. I just need something to work for now. I don't see her doing higher then pretraining as she has been introduced to eventing at an older age.

And not going to lie, jealous of your long legs. I have short legs... i'm vertically challenged
     
    03-01-2013, 10:55 PM
  #39
Trained
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Originally Posted by NBEventer    
And not going to lie, jealous of your long legs.
They ain't that great when you're riding a skinny TB. There's nothing down there to hold onto! It's part of the reason I switched from a close contact saddle to the thorowgood. It gave me more bulk to hold onto down there.
     
    03-02-2013, 12:09 PM
  #40
Trained
CRAP! Trumbull Mountain in sold out. I found another place in North Carolina that is getting a shipment in soon. Their price is $899. Here is their link.

M & M Tack Shop
     



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