My friend bought the monoflap version, Marielle +4 for longer legs.
I ordered the same saddle online through Classic Saddlery, big mistake.
WOW. I'm definitely never buying through Classic Saddlery! Thank you for your story!
I personally own a MT, and I *love* it! I have heard so many stories from other people that have theirs, and I have never heard a bad story about them. I know you have plenty of responses, but I figured I'd add my own, especially since I wanted to comment on the above post :p
1) Do they seem to fit a wide range of horses? Do they fit horses well? (Mine is a high withered QH needing a medium tree.)
Typically, yes. They are made better for a horse with a straighter back, though, mind you. They also run a bit wide - you might want to look in a Medium-Wide, since your horse has "high withers," but "needs a medium tree." I purchased a Medium for my boney back Thoroughbred, and it fits him near perfectly.
2) Are they comfortable for the rider? (I am tall with long legs but only need a 16.5 inch seat.)
Oh my gosh YES. I have a Laura B, and it is one of the most comfortable saddles I've ever sat. I've sat in CWDs, Antares, Passier(never owned by me, I'm poor :p), mind you. It fits me very well. If you have longer legs, you might want to try out a few in the different models, because some are better suited for longer legs than others. I am usually a 17, and that's what my Laura B. Is, but it wouldn't hurt if I would have gotten a 17.5. Alas, the 17 was all I could find, so that's what I got. I sat in an Annice and the 17 was pretty well fitting. So I would just sit in everything you can, and see what fits YOUR body the best.
3) Which of these would you most recommend and why?-Annice, Celine, Dennise, Jennine, Laura B, Natina, Premia
I have the Laura B, and I *love* it. My only complaint is that the twist is a bit narrow, and it does set your legs forward a bit. It is certaintly a jumping saddle. I had to take my thigh blocks off (they are adjustable) because with them, they just gave me a chair seat. With just the knee blocks, the saddle is perfect. I've never had problems with my legs being forward though - if you have a chair seat habit, you might want to consider something else.
I've also sat in the Annice and the Premia. Didn't like the Annice much. I just don't like the way it looks, and it didn't fit me nor was as comfy as mine. The Premia I adored. If I could have the Laura B and the Premia, I'd be in heaven. The Premia is more for Jumpers or Eventers though, it really doesn't have a Hunters ring look. It's got a bit more detailing, and was therefore a bit out of my price range, and like I said, doesn't match what I'm doing right now. If I ever need a new saddle, it will be a Premia, though, as I plan to do Jumpers once I 'graduate' Hunters.
Well, there's my input! Hopefully it was informational, and not too rambly. Best of luck saddle-searching! :) Overall, I give M. Toulouses a 5 out of 5 stars!!