Collegiate or Stubben
I was wondering about getting another saddle, seeing as don't have one here that really fits Ben properly, and it needs to fit me.
I came across a brand new Collegiate like this one 18" COLLEGIATE CONVERTIBLE INTELLECT DRESSAGE SADDLE | eBay I can get a cracking deal on it, from a really nice lady who I have dealt with before. The attraction of this, well I have a Wintec and the gullet plates will work with both saddles, so I will have two saddles that can be adjusted if needed. It looks comfortable, I've heard good and bad about them, but the good outweighs the bad. Head says this is a good choice..
Now I come across another steal of a deal a 2 year old like new 19" wide tree Stubben Roxanne AP saddle with Bio-mex seat. 19" would maybe be better for my butt right now, I love the look and the idea of this saddle and I don't NEED a dressage saddle for the next couple of years, an all purpose would work. I don't know if will fit Ben, by heart is screaming buy this one.
Help me work it out
I've always loved the collegiates because of interchangeable gullet on a nice leather saddle ( I own a synthetic interchangable gullet saddle). I have ridden in both an older stubben & a new collegiate. Both rode the same, collegiate looked nicer I thought.
I dont know that much but I have a Collegiate and I LOVE it, its 'my' brand I would say.
i have ridden in a Stubben and hated it, Collegiates and Stubbens have different 'feels' too them I would definantly find some to sit in if you can, some people like Stubben those people often dont like Collegiate, its time to pick a team :D j/k you can like both I felt okay in a Stubben Dressage saddle but not in the jumping
sorry if this wasnt helpful. . . Collegiates are very secure and mine has fit six different horses great (perchXtb, Arab cross, Paint, Qh, Paint morgen, mutt lol)
Also I am not totally just ragging on the Stubben lol, I have only ridden in a couple Stubbens for like 13 hours of my life maybe they just take longer to get used to, but I would go for the Collegiate
I like the word secure, that has a good ring to it:lol:
I like both Collegiates and Stubbens, but if you're looking for a more secure seat you're better off going with the dressage saddle.
Of course, my heart is screaming, 'BUY THE STUBBEN!' :wink:
GH, a 19" seat is REALLY big. I didn't realize how big until I had one. When I pulled it out of the shipping carton, I burst out laughing. I may be a chubster, but there was no way I could ride in that size. :-P
:oops: My butt is currently really big, although shrinking!
As always... Whatever fits your horse... :wink:
But seriously I'm not a fan of Stubben (sorry, SR!), and even less fan of AP. Stubben never felt good under my butt (plus all I tried were bad fit for either of my mares). Collegiates are nice saddles though.
Now if Stubben would be dressage I'd advice Stubben over Collegiate (as IMHO Stubben is a higher end), however with AP I found it to be rather hard to do a flat work (if you plan on doing it seriously), and every AP I tried gave me a chair seat. So I'd say try Collegiate.
I've got both, an old Siegfried & an Ian Millar collegiate. I like them both but I prefer the Stubben. Sadly it doesn't fit the one I ride english the most :(
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