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post #1 of 15 Old 01-27-2012, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thornhill Vienna Dressage Saddle?

Anyone have a Thorhill Vienna dressage saddle? I found a used one I want to try out, but it's a good 2 hour drive, so I'd like to know if it's worth the trip.

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Have it for 1.5 years (ride in it almost every day as well as at the shows). Love it. Put me in good balance, fit my butt + legs. BUT(!) it's designed towards wider horses (I have medium (32 tree) and it's already slightly wide). I'm not positive it'll be a good fit for TB.

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Crap. She said she was using it on a TB, but if you don't think it will fit a TB, I trust your judgement over someone trying to sell a saddle. Her's is a 32 too. Do they come with other tree sizes?

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Go try it, I've found my Thornhill CC to be one of the more versatile fitting saddles I've ever bought. Depending on the horse, of course, it might work for you, I have a couple with withers and it's fine on them and the one I bought it for was so mutton withered he looked like he had shoulders like a bull. It's worked great for all of them, I just use a different pad.

IMO Thornhill makes one of the best quality, most comfortable saddles around, especially for the price.

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Crap. She said she was using it on a TB, but if you don't think it will fit a TB, I trust your judgement over someone trying to sell a saddle. Her's is a 32 too. Do they come with other tree sizes?
Next size is 34, which is really wide. BTW (for comparison) I use WIDE M Toulouse for jumping (and Wide MT dressage was the next choice after Thornhill when I tried the saddles). The Medium MT was narrow for both of them.

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DA, their A/P and jumping saddles seem to be on more narrow side (I remember trying wide CC and it was OK fit). But their dressage (I tried all 3: Vienna, Klasse, and the most expensive one (can't think of name at the moment)) seem to run very wide (especially Klasse). After they grew all the muscles last year, the withers on both mares went up quite a bit, so the saddle fitter ended up adding the flock to the front of the saddle to bring it up (as the saddle sat too low on front and moved forward during the ride). I agree it's a very nice saddle though.

MBP, what do you use on him now?

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I've been using a Wintec pro. I've been wanting to upgrade to a nice leather saddle with a comfy deep seat. Puck is not the typical shark fin withers. They are TB high, but he does have some shoulders on him, so it might fit.

I looked at M. Toulousse, but somebody told me that the leather bled into their riding pants over and over again until they finally just resold it. Not sure if she just got a lemon or if that is typical of the leather they use.

Ultimately, I would like to go with wool flocking if at all possible.

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I have to say black MT leathers do color the pants (although the quality of the leather itself is so nice that I live with it). But my CC saddle didn't color. When I tried MT dressage together with bunch others my saddle fitters didn't particularly liked the way billets are done there.

What about Stubben? Have you tried one if it's a good feet.

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I like soft comfy leather. All the stubben's I've sat in were rock hard. Also trying to stay under $1000 but still end up with wool. I'm hoping somebody sells a used County in the near future.

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I like soft comfy leather. All the stubben's I've sat in were rock hard. Also trying to stay under $1000 but still end up with wool. I'm hoping somebody sells a used County in the near future.
Lol! Yeah, I felt the same in Stubben when I tried couple saddles (was a bad fit too). Good luck in your search! I wish I could suggest something, but I only did research on those saddles for wider horses.

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