Going to need a new saddle, or saddles... eventers I need help/opinions - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 03-10-2011, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: PA
Posts: 681
• Horses: 2
Going to need a new saddle, or saddles... eventers I need help/opinions

So my lovely, faithful, old Stubben is not going to continue working out well as my primary saddle for eventing. Though it has a nice deep secure forward seat from xc and sj, it really makes it difficult for me to sit correctly during dressage. It feels like I'm always fighting position in it when I drop my stirrups. I've taken to schooling dressage bareback. At this point we are only working BN, but I'd really like to start moving up. So schooling bareback won't always work... especially when I go to a trainers.

I'm trying to decide if I should get an all purpose or eventing saddle and trade my stubben in... or do I keep my stubben and just go for a dressage saddle. I currently have 600 tops for a dressage saddle, which leaves me with used saddles, and I need long flaps. However, I could trade my Stubben in, (been offered 400-600 at several tack shops) and combine that for a decent all purpose/eventing saddle.

No matter what I need a saddle with an adjustable tree, currently we're a MW, but I think once fully fit and using his shoulders/back correctly we will need a Wide.

So given the info.. do I trade my Stubben (which I am obviously partial to) in or just try to find used?
MudPaint is offline  
post #2 of 3 Old 03-11-2011, 02:15 PM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: West US
Posts: 589
• Horses: 0
I really recommend getting a dressage saddle and keeping your Stubben. You already love your Stubben, and it works for you. Don't fix what isn't broken on that one!

Dressage saddles are way nice to sit in, and I love them more than all purposes. I also think you could get a really decent (but used) one for $600.
petitepyromaniac is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 03-11-2011, 02:26 PM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: West US
Posts: 589
• Horses: 0
Wintec Isabel (you can find them cheaper than this too)
Wintec Isabell 17 inches Saddle - eBay (item 170612458440 end time Mar-13-11 14:22:58 PDT)

Collegiate and Bates also have adjustable trees on some of their models.

I think the standard flap length on dressage saddles is 17". I have pretty long legs, and that works for me...

Also, you could consider getting a wool flocked dressage saddle that is a medium wide, and as your horse gows you can get it adjusted to fit him. That's the nice thing about wool!
petitepyromaniac is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Opinions on mexican saddles paul333 Horse Tack and Equipment 10 02-16-2012 09:34 PM
saddle search part 3: possible saddles - opinions please! RebeccaMI Horse Tack and Equipment 5 01-05-2011 01:04 PM
saddles....opinions please on these brands SonnyWimps Horse Tack and Equipment 22 05-23-2010 12:59 PM
Opinions on Collegiate Saddles? Clementine Horse Tack and Equipment 12 02-07-2010 10:53 AM
Opinions on Abetta saddles..? ShannonSevenfold Horse Tack and Equipment 10 06-01-2009 05:54 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome