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post #1 of 9 Old 07-26-2009, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Saddle Help.

I'm going to try to make this as short as possible! I am looking for a new saddle that will fit a wide variety of horses. I want it to last me at least 6 years, if not more. I don't have a horse and probably won't have a horse for another 6+ years. I will be riding a handful of school horses for the next two years and then will be going to college and riding a handful of warmbloods/thoroughbreds. I am looking to buy used. I am not looking at ebay because you can't try the saddle before you buy it. I have been looking at online consignment shops. I have a $1000 budget.

Here are some saddles I have found:

Beval Natural, reg. tree, 17", $695


Collegiate Finalist, reg. tree, 17", $595


Courbette Alpina, reg. tree, 17", $595


Circuit Close Contact, reg. tree, 16.5", $550


Pessoa (not sure of model), reg. tree, 17", $650


Dominus, reg. tree, 17", $895


Dover International, reg. tree, 17", $595


Thornhill Pro-Trainer, reg. tree, 17", $650


Tell me what you think!
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-26-2009, 11:26 AM
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I have a Collegiate, and it is so comfortable. I have only had it a few weeks(I bought it used) so I can't really say how long they last, but they are very good quality, so they should last a while. I would say go with either the Collegiate or the Pessoa.

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I don't know if there are 'flex trees' in english saddles, but please do not get one. They stretch out funny and sit on the horse wrong. Tey sound 'Oh so wonderful' but they are just another 'money grabber'. I personally like the Collegiate best.
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post #4 of 9 Old 07-26-2009, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Haha, I probably don't have the money for a flex tree if they are "money grabbers"!

Okay, that's two votes for the collegiate, one for the pessoa. Anyone else?
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-26-2009, 06:38 PM
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Finding a saddle to fit ONE horse you already do have is hard enough...finding one to fit a variety that you haven't seen? Oh my! I can only imagine! lol (and warmbloods and thoroughbreds can have really different bodies)

I dunno how far away school is, but you might try hanging around the college barn and asking them what saddle(s) they use.

Another thought would be that since you have a $1000 budget, instead of buying one brand new saddle, go for the used saddle and see if you can divide it up 3 ways?...or 2. Like get a used narrow tree, a used regular tree, and a used wide tree. That way you're bound to have a saddle that fits good, whatever kind of horse you happen to ride.

You might also check into a treeless saddle. All of the english riders I know have them and they LOVE them. One guy rides a huge warmblood something-or-other (can't remember what it's called, but he's registered...it's a Belgian x Thoroughbred) and another friend rides both a tall slinky Danish Warmblood and a fatty of a Quarter Horse with hers. They actually make them now that look like real saddles...they have ones with classic western shapes, close contact english saddle shapes, and even dressage.
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-26-2009, 06:45 PM
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Courbette has a line of Saddles made in Switzerland that have a very good Flex Tree and it really works, it will not break your bank either.

The Courbette Magic lists at 899.00 and come in all Disciplines





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post #7 of 9 Old 07-26-2009, 07:10 PM
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Courbette. Hands down. I have a Courbette Vision and it is the best saddle I have ever owned (had a Prestige Red Fox before that, and this one is better!). If you have an opportunity to have a Courbette, go for it!

My Courbette fits my 17hh 3/4 TB 1/4 Shire AND my 15hh Tb mares. Unbelieveable, right?

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Finding a saddle to fit ONE horse you already do have is hard enough...finding one to fit a variety that you haven't seen? Oh my! I can only imagine! lol (and warmbloods and thoroughbreds can have really different bodies)

I dunno how far away school is, but you might try hanging around the college barn and asking them what saddle(s) they use.

Another thought would be that since you have a $1000 budget, instead of buying one brand new saddle, go for the used saddle and see if you can divide it up 3 ways?...or 2. Like get a used narrow tree, a used regular tree, and a used wide tree. That way you're bound to have a saddle that fits good, whatever kind of horse you happen to ride.

You might also check into a treeless saddle. All of the english riders I know have them and they LOVE them. One guy rides a huge warmblood something-or-other (can't remember what it's called, but he's registered...it's a Belgian x Thoroughbred) and another friend rides both a tall slinky Danish Warmblood and a fatty of a Quarter Horse with hers. They actually make them now that look like real saddles...they have ones with classic western shapes, close contact english saddle shapes, and even dressage.
The school is in Ohio, and I'm in Louisiana. Dang. LOL!
All of these saddles are used. I'm really trying to stick with one saddle for many reasons. Buying 3 saddles really isn't practical for me. I don't think the school would accept a treeless saddle and I, personally, don't like the look of them. The students at the school have one saddle that fits all of the horses, so it's possible! I have seen pictures of the TBs. They're not racehorse TBs, but more like sporthorse TBs.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-29-2009, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Any other opinions? I really just want info on quality. Not on sizing, etc. I'm just wondering which has the best bang for it's buck! I want to get my money's worth off of it.

PS. I'm big on comfort...lol. And security over fences.
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