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I'm trying to find info about a saddle I bought at a secondhand store. . .

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Hi Everyone,
Recently I bought an older german made Kurfurst von Bayern model dressage saddle by Courbette. I have found newer looking endurance styles online by searching google and ebay listings, which look similar, but I've not been able to find the exact same saddle I just got. I'm wondering if anyone else out there has owned/ridden one of these saddles, and if so, how did you like it?
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QHDragon,
Thanks for the link. That is pretty much the same, only mine is much more "well-loved", shall we say!
I can't wait for the rain to let up a bit so I can give it a ride.
Today is my first day as a horseforum member, and sadly, I have not figured out how to post a picture yet!
 

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So, I've now ridden in this saddlea few times, and it feels. . .weird. I've really only ridden english before in very forward cut saddles, so maybe that is why it feels strange. I feel like there is nowhere to put my leg! lol! I feel like I'm using the thigh block for a knee roll! I lengthened my stirrups, but it still feels ridiculous. . . I seem to fit in it. There is room for my hand between my backside and the cantle. It is a 17", which os my right size, as far as I know, but I feel huge perched on top of it. . . Anyone else have that problem in a dressage type saddle? Do you just get used to it as your muscles develop?
 

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How does it fit your horse? If it's sitting too high, then you will get that perched feeling. Some pictures of it on your horse and you riding in it would be helpful.

Dressage saddles are different. Your stirrup should be long and your legs back. In order to get your legs back, you need to learn to open your hip angle and pelvis, so your legs can stretch down and back.

His leg is a tad too far back (probably cuing for the piaffe), but it's a great picture showing the extremely "open" hip angle/pelvis. Women struggle with this position, but it really is key to being comfortable in a less structured Dressage saddle.

http://special.equisearch.com/blog/...hoiceSteffenPeters-WorldCupbootsLR-774755.jpg - Link, it's too big to put in the post.

Good seat and upper body, but closed hip angle causing the leg to swing forward. You want your ankle bone to line up with your hip bone for proper alignment. Her leg is also too short for the saddle flap, see how her knee is at the thigh block. Her stirrups can't go much longer.
http://www.horsemart.co.uk/upload/Image/News%20May-July/Noblesse.jpg

Great form! Good upper body, super open hips, leg straight under her, nice long stirrups.


Her coat's in the way, but here's a good picture of a lower level rider attaining a proper position. Her stirrups could be longer, but she has a nice open hip and her leg is in a decent position.
 

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Thank you! Many years ago I had an instructor "roll" my leg back while she was on the ground, and have me hold it like that as I rode, so I have a physical sense of the idea. . . but, I find myself back in the weird position everytime I turn around.
I've been riding my kids' pony in this saddle on a few short rides, so it may well be perched high. He has no withers and a short round back. I'll try it on my young mare and see if it is still odd...
 
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