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post #11 of 22 Old 01-26-2011, 10:42 AM
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I have to agree that the flap looks very forward for a standard dressage saddle.
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post #12 of 22 Old 01-26-2011, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I can see that.

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post #13 of 22 Old 01-26-2011, 12:40 PM
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Ahaha I thought you said better not beater!

Did you get to ride in it yet?

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Ahaha I thought you said better not beater!

Did you get to ride in it yet?
No not yet. I still have to purchase a girth, stirrups and leathers, and a pad. I'm going to go to tack store again in a bit and then I'm going to go to this antique store place that has some horse stuff in it and sometimes you can find some really nice things for wicked cheap! Like most of the time he has tall english boots in brand new condition for ten bucks! So hoping to find some deal to get it all put together. Can't wait to try it out though.

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Sounds awesome! Thats how I bought mine too, no girth or stirrupts lol. It's a nice saddle and I hope Gizmo likes it!

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Gizmo,

You can use a Navajo if you have onein themeantime . I think due to the forward flap, the pad will have to be for an AP. I think the design of the saddle is very versatile andthat you will findit very comfortable (my space bar on laptop is sticking!)
When I said MAYBE the tree is more upright than gizmo's shoulder, this would make the front sit up alittle toohigh off his Sholder. BUT, I amby no mean s certain of this. When you have it on and in correct location (no pad on), andyou put your flat hand inside, along hisshoulder and run it downthe front edgeofthe saddle, does the pressure feel even, or more pressure atthe pointofthetree?
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Hmmm. I'm not too sure. I will check it out tonight when I bring him water and see. Thanks Ray, I hope he does too!

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Yeah , I see the angle of the saddle flap now in the 3rd picture.

I really want to buy a dressage saddle but I dont have enough money just yet to get one. I am starting to take dressage lessons in the spring so I will be using my AP til the time is right.....hope I find a great saddle( that fits) at a great price. They are out there , you just have to search. I picked up my Circle Y trail saddle for 150.00 and I just love that saddle!

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Yeah, I was very surprised I found this one! It was a steal for sure. Saddles aren't cheap. Just keep looking every where and you might find a good deal. I just went and took some more pictures though. It might be off a bit because I was outside. He would go inside tonight where there is an actual light! Sometimes he just drives me nuts lol. So they aren't the best and it looks like is sweating, but I think its just the flash discoloring his color. I'm not sure. But they aren't the best quality because they are at night, lol.
tinyliny: to me it feels even on both sides of the saddle and not directly in the middle of the saddle. :)

Edit: The pics from behind I had to hold the camera up because he had is but right on the fence so I couldn't stand right behind him. The last one idk why he looks so narrow, because he is NOT for sure! Must just be camera.
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Your horse is really cute! and so tolerant.
It is really hard to say, but the reason I am even having this question is because when I look at the saddle from the side, the front of it seems a bit higher than it should be. You see, in a dressage saddle, the top of the cantle (rear) should be about an inch or so HIGHER than the top of the pommel. And, when you look at the lowest part of the saddle, I mean the kind of "flat" part of the the curve of the seat, this is where you seatbones should rest as per the design of the saddle. Positioned as it is, it looks like your seat bones will come to rest just behind that flat spot . If you were to roll a pencil down from the pommel to the "valley" of the seat, where it comes to rest is the bottom as per gravity. That gravity bottom should be in line with that flat spot that is designed for your seatbones. if the gravity bottom is farther back than where it should be, that indicates that the saddle front is tipped up. You will end up feeling that the saddle puts you in a chair seat. (this might not be the case since it is really small, what I am seeing). \\

Why a chair seat? Because if the front is too high you must compensate by leaning your upper body forward, and to keep balanced, if you put your upper body forward, you end up putting your lower leg forward too, especially when trying to find your balance posting.

I hope that I am wrong because it looks like a neat saddle.
As soon as you get a girth and leathers and stirrups, you can put it on with a folded up Navajo blanket. Just as long as the fold or edge of the blanket isn't right under the back panels of the saddle (your horse would feel the bump of the blanket edge pressing into his back) NO need for a special pad at first.
Englihs saddles have the padding built into them, so they don't need as much padding as Western saddles , that have nothing more than a thin layer of fleece under the tree.

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