Dressage saddle suggestions for a shorter rider and high withered horse?
so... i'm not exactly in need of a new saddle but i'm also not certain that my current saddle is doing all that it can and should for my horse and me. however, i also don't know what styles/brands/models of saddles would work for us. i am 5'3" with what i would consider average length legs, ~145lbs and i ride a 17hh high withered TB with well sprung ribs. we are both currently out of shape so his topline is basically non-existant (which we're working on). i don't want to inhibit his back in any way and i plan to have a saddle fitter out to reassess my current saddle soon (it was fitted to my gelding a few years ago and i haven't ridden much in that time so i can't imagine the fit has fluctuated too much but one can never know). i know a professional in person can give a better idea of what will work but i thought i might get opinions from the myriad of riders here to have in the back of my head.
these are the most current pictures i have of Jager both with and without saddle (sorry - they weren't taken specifically for this purpose so they're not the best). i'm certainly willing to save up to buy a saddle that's going to work for both of us - preferably under $2k though. i'd love to hear what people would suggest. thanks!! :)
ETA: might help if i tell you what i ride in currently! haha sheesh. my current saddle for this horse is a Kieffer Aachen II 16.5" medium tree. i ride with a regular thickness dressage pad or back on track dressage pad and a thinline cotton trifecta half pad.
I'm also short (5'2") and I love the Merit and Marvel models from Mike Corcoran Saddlery. They put me in a very correct position and are very comfortable. They're pricey new (the Marvel at least starts at $4200), and they're somewhat hard to find used, but the used ones I found online were around $2k. The Master model has a wider twist and shallower seat, which I didn't personally find as comfortable, but it seems to be the most common one for sale used. They have tons of wither clearance.
oooohhhhh i like the look of the Master. i'll have to see about finding some used ones around here. thanks verona! :)
Yeah, those are some high withers I have to say. :D What about MT and Collegiate? I think they both give quite a bit of clearance (if you could look at one in local stores may be?). Collegiate I had for while had for sure. I don't know how good they are for shorter rider though.
i've ridden him in a collegiate dressage saddle ONCE. it was a horrible fit for him and my girly parts were screaming at me after a short period of time. :( maybe the newer ones fit better (it was at least a 15-20 year old saddle?).
i'll have to check the MT saddles the next time i'm at the tack store as i know they usually have a few of the different models. thanks! :)
anyone else? :)
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