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Faustinblack 08-27-2013 04:15 PM

I'm sick of saddles ( go Specialized?)
 
Well, the dressage saddle was a bust. I loved it, very comfortable to me, but made Rikki extremely sore. Because he has such high withers and a curved back fitting him for a saddle has been a pain in the butt. So I'm going to start saving for a specialized saddle. Who has one? Thoughts?
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Joe4d 08-27-2013 05:16 PM

will probably be what I buy for Flash.
Thoughts ? They are overpriced and not as well made as they let on. Butt many people like them and they are well made enough, to hold up to endurance riding. Two seats a narrow and a wide available I like the wider seat.
heard some bad customer service issues dealing direct.
They do have some adjustment available.
I would consider them IF the dealer is local, IF the dealer will help fit , IF the dealer shows up at endurance rides and is easy to find and seems to know what they are doing. Its al about the local hands on support.
In the SE alot of people use them specifically because the dealer is at many of the regions rides, helps people with adjustments, even has thermal computer sensors to make sure fit is as perfect as it can be. If it isnt she is right there at the ride to help with adjustments. So she sells some saddles. as you can imagine.
If you dont have that level of local support ? Id probably pass.

What size seat do you need ? Almost never a used 17, but 15's and 16's can be had.
another thought seems to be orthoflex, However I see tons of them for sale used, kinda raises a red flag as they arnt a big company.

Faustinblack 08-27-2013 05:23 PM

What other saddles have that level of custom fit and changeability? Like I said, Rikki has high narrow withers, extremely short curved back.
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Joe4d 08-27-2013 05:30 PM

stonewall does custom fitting but no experience. People love the saddles, but I have had horrible luck with the mail order saddle deal. I wont do business with companies that charge restocking fees. Which is many of them,
Another company is About Us
I will say they are very proud of their saddles. Pretty sure orthoflex are adhjustable as well, ton of em on ebay. Kinda makes me wonder. Have you been to any rides ? Take your horse look at other horses made like yours ask what people are using.

Faustinblack 08-27-2013 05:32 PM

Rikki and I are doing our first ride in February. Is it normal for a horse to be a little sore in the back in training?
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Joe4d 08-27-2013 05:34 PM

no its not normal and will get you pulled. Something isnt working right,

Faustinblack 08-27-2013 05:34 PM

That's what I figured.
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Joe4d 08-27-2013 05:45 PM

get ahold of John Nowell in Dallas, doesnt seem to far away on the map. Contact info is on the Specialized saddles page. under reps.

Faustinblack 08-27-2013 05:46 PM

Thanks Joe :)
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Faustinblack 08-27-2013 05:55 PM

Joe, didn't you say something about Stonewall saddles once?
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