I officially sold my Collegiate saddle - currently I have around $550 to work with until my Rembrandt sells. I'm able to stretch up a bit, and am hoping to cap my budget at $800 until the Rembrandt sells. I listed a bunch of Clinton Anderson DVD's for sale, along with other tack I found that I no longer need, so hopefully I can get something that really works for me.
My finalized list of priorities:
1. 18" or 18.5" seat
3. Forward flap
4. Preferably wool-flocking, maybe foam-flocking (NO CAIR panels!)
I am currently looking at two saddles seriously, both M Toulouse Saddles.
1. 18” M. Toulouse Marielle Monoflap. Wide tree.
I was prepared to buy this one, pending negotiation, but the final priced we arrived at was $775. It need a patch put on where his boot zipper made a hole, but other than that it looks great - BUT, the same saddle, without damage, has been selling for below $700. Maybe I will let it sit for a bit and see if he wants to budge on his price.
2. 18" M Toulouse, I believe the Annice. Adjustable gullet system. Does anyone have experience with the Genesis system?
I've read that some love it, and some hate it, and some instances it doesn't hold it's size setting...but I just don't know how I feel about it. At $850, it's at the top of my budget, but I'm considering it.
I will say, the used saddle market is suffering
right now. I am having a terrible time finding anything with an 18" seat and a wide gullet, that fits my sub-$1,000 budget.
Has anyone had positive/negative experiences with the M Toulouse's, specifically the adjustable ones?
I sat in one at a saddle shop, though with a 17.5", and I liked it, but that certainly doesn't tell me how it will hold up!