|Crimsonhorse01 ||11-09-2009 09:33 PM |
Cortina? Collegiate? English saddles
Ive been think I would try an english saddle. I came across these two brands. What are your experiences with them?
|Hoofprints in the Sand ||11-09-2009 09:41 PM |
|StormyBlues ||11-09-2009 09:52 PM |
I'm getting a Stubben soon...... they are AMAZING saddles and last FOREVER
|Equina ||11-10-2009 03:26 AM |
To pick one over the other, Collegiate without a doubt!
I'm assuming they are both used, older saddles that you're looking at since I don't think Cortina even exists anymore! Cortina's were pretty cheap, crummy Argentine saddles. Older Collegiates were distributed by Miller's (same company that made Crosby's at the time). They had great balance and medium-quality materials. Pretty sure they were also made in Argentina. Collegiate has made a good name for itself in mid-range saddlery.
Of course, I supposed I must add........whatever fits your horse and your bum the best is the best saddle to choose!
|Tack Collector ||11-10-2009 08:40 AM |
Cortina is an old entry-level brand of Miller Harness, made in Argentina, but made better than Kincade is today. I think Millers dropped the Cortina and Borelli names in the '80s, so it's an old saddle. That may or may not be bad. I don't think Cortina has a spring tree, but Borelli saddles did.
Collegiate is what replaced the Borelli name. If it has RD on it, it's a Ruiz Diaz saddle and they make Ovation saddles now, in Argentina. Weatherbeeta owns the Collegiate name now and some or all of them are made in Vietnam.
|Crimsonhorse01 ||11-10-2009 09:30 AM |
Thank you everyone for the info and advice!
|Hoofprints in the Sand ||11-10-2009 12:28 PM |
Yes, I should have let everyone know...mine is a brand new Collegiate Senior Event, just in case anyone was wondering about the style/make, etc. But I'm sure most probably already figured it out when I said it had the Easy Change Gullet System ;-)
|upnover ||11-10-2009 01:57 PM |
I've been slowly replacing all of our school horse saddles. I've been the most pleased wtih Collegiates in terms of quality for price and the way they put people's legs and fit the horses. They're great!
|QHDragon ||11-11-2009 10:40 AM |
I loved my collegiate! I really want to get another. I found that it was really comfy and put me in a good position as well as fit a wide variety of horses.
|kitten_Val ||11-11-2009 11:43 AM |
I have Collegiate AP and it's comfy, but not great for jumping. I left it for trail riding (it's very deep seat).
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