Dressage saddles - Your Fav's and why Please
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The Reactor Panel saddles are expensive but worth every penny. I bought mine slightly used. It is completely adjustable, unlike the Wintecs which are only adjustable in the front of the gullet, but you are stuck with the width behind. The Reactor Panel saddle comes in different tree widths, and then the panels can be moved for a custom fit. Their customer service is unbelievably first rate. The fitter I used bent over backwards to get my saddle right, and I bought a used saddle from a private sale. The quality of the leather is excellent, as is the workmanship. They are heavy, for Dressage saddles, but so well constructed. My saddle can be adjusted as my horse's body changes, or when I put it on another horse.
I got rid of my other Dressage saddles after buying this.
Posted 20 April 2009 - 04:24 AM
I also have an older Passier (the uncomfy kind) that fits just about any horse, but I really like my Rembrandt (Classic Saddlery), with a wide tree and cutback. I just use a thicker/ extra pad on a more narrow horse.
Posted 20 April 2009 - 04:51 AM
(scroll down to the Eloquence X ---different model from the Eloquence)
scroll down for info on fitting wide-bodied horses like many Arabians:
saddle fitting info
It is important to remember that individual riders will have different preferences in saddles due to factors like pelvic structure, leg length, body shape, etc. The preferred twist, seat depth, flap alignment, etc. will vary from rider to rider.
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Posted 23 April 2009 - 08:16 PM
Kelly - Glad you like your Albion the only one I ever sat in hurt like ######. Was stiff and forced me into a weird position. I hated it! Couldn't have gave it to me for free. Could be just that particular model...seems like they are the kind of love or hate saddle, heheheh I agree about the Barnsb and Subben saddles being high quality.
Beth - Thanks for the info on Middleberg Tack exchange. I too love the Crosby.
Danielle - I'm currently " watching " a few Kieffer's on ebay. Thanks for the heads up on that .
Tam Cam - I've considered the HDR saddle. Still undecided...
Shana - Thanks for the great advice about Tack review. I refer to them a lot.
Baslet - also watching Klimke -Miller on ebay. Thanks
Mary Jo - Frank Baines more than I can afford until I sell some saddles I've been collecting hehehe
Goldlace - You are a girl after my own heart. I do prefer to buy used. It's something about getting a bargain that excites me...
Leah- Another girl after my own heart - EVERY saddle I like ends up being the Passier!!! Probably because of the sleek close contact classic design that I covet. If you ever want to sell yours let me know ASAP. Afraid to come visit, probably be tempted to steal that saddle for ya. heheh Love upper state NY even considered buying a farm there, but can't deal with snow. I'm a native Floridian, but big thanks for the offer.
mhtokay - Orthoflex I'm watching that one too. Sounds like a good saddle.Thanks
Cold Spring farm - Thanks for the great info and links. The Ansur is a hard and cold looking design. In theory it sounds likea real solution to many fitting problems. I heard a lot of endurance people are finding problems with heat build up? I have always wanted to try one though. I do like the Torsion saddle my friend has.
Dawn JL - Heya, you're on the Arab Conform group right? I've heard great raves on the Black County saddles, but again way out of my price range.
Kirsten - are you also the poster on Arab Conform? Are you happy with the construction and leather quality of the Laser? I didn't realize that adjustable saddles had a limited number of times adjustments could be made. I thought about making my own treeless saddle. I have a very unique design in mind.
Again, thanks for all the comments and I'll keep you posted on my quest. If you know of any thing that might suit my needs please email me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks Yvonne