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post #1 of 5 Old 05-26-2009, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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People with Arabians: What saddle do you use and like?

This is mainly for people who ride english but I'm considering western too.

I'd like to get Lacey a new saddle of her own sometime soon. Right now the saddle I use is not mine and it doesn't fit her perfectly (mild wither pinching) so I'm looking. She has a pretty typical Arabian build. Wide back, marginally longer, smallish withers, etc.

What type of saddle do you use on your Arab? Do you love it? How much was it?

I'm looking into getting one of those saddles with gullet change thingy so I can ride it on various horses but I'm not set on anything yet.

I don't have scads of money to spend but I am willing to spend as much as it takes, it just might take longer. Haha

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post #2 of 5 Old 05-26-2009, 10:24 PM
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I have a Kieffer Action dressage saddle that i imported from Germany, paid US $1500 for it (used)

Many reasons why i chose this saddle...first being that the tree was adjustable by a saddle maker if it didnt fit my horse right....which I didnt have to worry about, it fits my arabian great.

It has BIG thigh blocks and a very deep seat, which gives me a more secure feeling...as I kinda lost my mojo when i had my riding accident about 3 yrs ago...broke my ankle in at least 6 places (broke both tibia and fibia, even broke the ball off my tibia)...got 2 plates and around 19 pins in there now...dr's said it was one of the worst breaks they'd seen....and i was lucky to be walking.

anyways....love this saddle...worth every penny

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-26-2009, 11:39 PM
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Good old wintec 500.

Love it, do everythign in it, and my boy is happy in it. Changeable gullet is a big plus, and not too expensive. 600/700 new? I got my second one for 300 second hand, but as new.

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post #4 of 5 Old 05-26-2009, 11:58 PM
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My girl is a pain to fit, and will loudly voice her complaints if you put an ill fitting saddle on her (kind of a good thing).

I fell in love with Collegiates. The first Collegiate I ever tried on her was of a jumping make (it was an older one, apologies but I don't remember the name), and she rode like a dream in it. Fit her like a glove. So when I went on the hunt for a Dressage saddle, I replied to an ad for a used Collegiate Dressage. Again, I wasn't disappointed. I don't even ride Dressage anymore, but it's such a comfortable saddle and fits her so well, I use it for trail riding!

As for Western, my grandpa had a custom Arabian saddle made decades ago for when he rode in parades, so I use that now. I'll post some pics just so you can see the type of Arab she is, she's a bit "sportier" and hefty then most.


Collegiate Dressage


Western


Collegiate jumping saddle

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post #5 of 5 Old 05-27-2009, 12:05 AM
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An HDR Advantage Close-Contact saddle. I didn't fit it myself, but I bought it off someone who fitted it for me. Bought it used for $500 and it seems to fit him fine. It's actually really comfortable after a little while. :P
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