i have a collegiate one right now but am thinking of getting a new one .. what saddle do you have and/or what do you suggest?
I have an Antares, its awesome, custom for my horse and custom for me. I'm pretty sure I'll have this saddle forever.
Jealous, wish I had a custom.
If only I can afford a Custom made saddle. I'd have to sell a kidney to afford that, and unfortunately, I don't have a Mommy and Daddy who'd pay for it for me either.
To the OP, why don't you like your Collegiate?
There are TONS of saddles out there on the market, and TONS of models and makes. It's very difficult to saddle shop, I am in that boat right now and I hate it.
You are probobly better off to have a Professional Saddle Maker/Fitter come out and help you with that search. Least, that's what worked for me. I found out what brand of saddle would work best for his back shape and my body type, and what models.
That really helped narrow my search down.
I love Stubbens. I don't think you could go wrong with a Stubben. Bates are wonderful as well, but I find their tree's too strait for my horses back shape. Hermes Sprenger, French made saddles are on the top of the list for quallity.
Gosh, too many to go through.
MIE- I LOVE my Collegiate but it is getting old an i was looking into other saddles. It is still in GREAT shape cause i take good care of it but i was just exploring my options :)
void: i would love one of those saddles but i don't have that much to work with haha :)
Good to know about the Collegiate. One of the saddles that I found out will work for Nelson's back shape is the Collegiate Convertible.....ah, but I forgot what model it was that he said.....lol.
He also said HDR's would work great for him *gag* but I cannot stand those saddles and their lack of quallity.
He said the Stubben Roxanne would work, but I can't afford those even at used prices.
I am with you on the price range - I am at $500 to spend, and that's it.
I guess you could just save your pennies like other people do. I know thats the way I can afford things.
void: yeah i am an avid shopper there :)
mie: i am at that price range too
I have a Bates Caprilli CC and I love it. The saddle is very well made and the leather is buttery soft. it also puts me in a good position for jumping.
I have also heard good things and tried out the Thornhill 24k Platinum saddle. It was what I had planned to buy before I got my Bates. They are really nice saddles as well and once you figure out what size you need for you and your horse, you can find either saddle on eBay.
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