The Siegfried and Imperator APs, the older ones that have the wood+steel tree without the plastic, always seem to have the panels stuffed absolutely as full as possible and they have no give. Remove some stuffing and fluff up what's left should be tried, lol. The other thing that bothers some horses is that the width of the channel narrows down at the back and doesn't give enough spine clearance. But you can have a saddler split the panels and move them out. That's a pretty minor remodel. Stubben fixed that problem after a while. The newer ones have a good wide channel all the way back. Also, the new ones are not as wide as the old ones, in certain model years, and I don't know what those are. I have an older Swiss-made Siegfried that's marked 31.5cm and it's really wide, and a Swiss Imperator that's newer and also marked 31.5, and it is a medium tree at best. Then I just bought a late model Edelweiss CS 32cm and it's wide again. You just have to look at the tree width and the angle of the bars, I guess. The number is meaningless for determining that, though.
Last edited by Tack Collector; 01-31-2010 at 02:02 PM.