View Full Version : Okay everyone - what kind of saddle do you ride in?

Dapple Grey
Jan. 29, 2004, 01:09 PM
I'm trying to find out what's popular these days, so what kind of saddle do you ride in?

Dapple Grey
Jan. 29, 2004, 01:09 PM
I'm trying to find out what's popular these days, so what kind of saddle do you ride in?

Jan. 29, 2004, 01:12 PM
I've had two saddles that I love-- Pessoa A/O and Close Contact Pesso. Great Saddles. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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Jan. 29, 2004, 01:12 PM
I've had two saddles that I love-- Pessoa A/O and Close Contact Pessoa. Great Saddles. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

**Kelsey, Milo +Shady**
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Jan. 29, 2004, 01:16 PM
Dover Circuit Elite. Sooo comfy http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Enigma "Kid"

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Jan. 29, 2004, 01:16 PM
Antares as soon as they finish making mine!


Jan. 29, 2004, 01:19 PM
Hermes Steinkraus

Jan. 29, 2004, 01:21 PM
PJ Lite

Jan. 29, 2004, 01:22 PM
County Stablizer. I love it!

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Jan. 29, 2004, 01:25 PM
Courbette Alpina http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Jan. 29, 2004, 01:29 PM
my trainers Jaguar by Harry Dabbs = AMAZING! wish i could afford to by it off her.

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Jan. 29, 2004, 01:29 PM
Sellerie Forestier Atlanta model.

Jan. 29, 2004, 01:34 PM
Pessoa A/O

Proud Member of the BLONDE Clique!

Jan. 29, 2004, 01:38 PM
County Stabilizer here as well - absolutely love it!


Extra Ordinary
Jan. 29, 2004, 01:44 PM
Luc Childric and a Beval Stanford


Jan. 29, 2004, 01:45 PM
Antares!! It is the best saddle! comfy!

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Jan. 29, 2004, 01:47 PM
Bates http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Jan. 29, 2004, 01:47 PM
A third vote for the County Stablizer XLT!

I was in a lesson situation this past weekend, where the saddle (literally) saved my rear.http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

My schoolmaster was reacting to the greenie of the group by rearing - something he's never done with me, even when we saw that bear in the woods. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif Hootie wanted nothing to do with the greenie who was acting up, & told me as much. But he settled down as soon as the greenie was pulled to the "inner circle" of the indoor. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

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Jan. 29, 2004, 01:48 PM
David Stackhouse

Room 31
Jan. 29, 2004, 01:48 PM
Henri de Rivel..and really like it! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Jan. 29, 2004, 01:50 PM
Had a butet, loved it, horse hated it. Now I ride in a Zaldi.

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Jan. 29, 2004, 01:51 PM
crosby california PDN
i love it, but i might have to sell it http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/no.gif

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Jan. 29, 2004, 01:51 PM
I have an older model Pessoa A/O. I love it!

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Jan. 29, 2004, 02:08 PM
Ashland, Selle Franciase, and the extra saddle is pdn. Love the first to, but not the pdn it hurts my back.

Just another day!!!

Jan. 29, 2004, 02:10 PM
PJ Pro - and I love it!

Does anyone else who has a PJ feel that the billets are short? I had to buy a new girth just for that saddle.

Jan. 29, 2004, 02:18 PM
Beval Natural

Jan. 29, 2004, 02:20 PM
I've got an ancient, but still beautiful Crosby Mark VI.
I'm thinking I might be ready for a little more padding in my old age and am supposed to try a Bates next week.

Jan. 29, 2004, 02:25 PM
Depending on the horse, either a County Pro-Fit, or a Beval Gladstone. And, if I need to switch around for whatever reason, I have a PDN, a Whippy, a Hartley, and a big squooshy English saddle.

Everything but the big squooshy saddle is hard and flat, with no rolls or pads or anything. Amazingly, no one ever asks to borrow my saddle.. hmm..

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Jan. 29, 2004, 02:39 PM
I love my Butet http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif The most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden in was the Luc Childeric. I wish I could afford one!

Jan. 29, 2004, 02:40 PM
Pessoa A/O for years... then my mom's (now mine) 30+ year old Avanti... flat flat flat, no frills. LOVED IT. Just got a Pessoa Classic. Only ridden in it once so far, but used to covet this saddle... my old trainer's daughter had one that I'd ride in sometimes. I loffed it. So I'm psyched to have my own now. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

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Jan. 29, 2004, 03:13 PM
Love love love my butet.

But you have to watch the fit for the horses, they can be a little screwy.

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Jan. 29, 2004, 03:15 PM
Beval Natural...love it!!

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Jan. 29, 2004, 03:15 PM
Moritz Elite CC, which was the budget version of the PDN back in the 80's when I bought it.

My trainer said yesterday that I was the only one allowed to have such a flat saddle...not because I'm a great rider, mind you...but because she doesn't want to ride in anyone else's flat saddle. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Jan. 29, 2004, 03:17 PM
I have three.. a Tad Coffin that I love, a Butet I used to love but it doesnt fit me anymore, and a circle y western saddle. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Jan. 29, 2004, 03:19 PM
Crosby Ian Miller Version

Jan. 29, 2004, 03:21 PM
I have a butet which i love and it seems to fit the horses well.
I also have a really old hermes which is perfect for high withered horses.

Jan. 29, 2004, 03:22 PM
Hey Rumours. How does the Tad Coffin compare in comfort to the Butet? How different is it? I'd love to hear a comparison. thanks.

Jan. 29, 2004, 03:33 PM
Antares (wonderful) and a PJ for a practice saddle

Jan. 29, 2004, 03:33 PM
I have a Tad Coffin - it's my most prized possession http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

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Jan. 29, 2004, 03:40 PM
Devoucoux here! With thigh and knee blocks, it is like glue for the gluteus--if that is your problem (obviously it is mine--I am a flinger-offer at stops).

Jan. 29, 2004, 03:57 PM
Nelson Pessoa 25 ann. saddle that is for sale now that it doesnt fit my new horse. Hopefully I will get a new one this year...



Jan. 29, 2004, 04:01 PM
Childeric ..... and love it http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Barn Dirt
Jan. 29, 2004, 04:12 PM
Crosby XL, but would still kill for a Childeric or PJ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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Jan. 29, 2004, 04:14 PM
a twenty year old Crump.
Its older than I am if that says anything. But I love it. It was my moms, and now its mine. the barn also has a Grand Prix, and Whippy that are good. I rode in a Collegate at camp and loved it when it was broken in, hated the non broken in ones...

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Riders of Rohan

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Jan. 29, 2004, 04:15 PM
Henri De Rivel, and i love it! its really comfortable! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Jan. 29, 2004, 04:18 PM
Love the County Saddles.
Waiting to order a Pro Fit with the XTR Buffalo Hide.

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Jan. 29, 2004, 04:23 PM
Camille- there is a lot MORE saddle to a Butet than a Tad Coffin. My Butet is like a couch. I could sit in it all day and never get sore... the TC is flatter in the seat (less padding!) and has less "fluff" on the flaps. I have knee and thigh blocks on mine, but they are optional. You feel closer to the horse in a TC because of the way the saddle is built.. theres just plain less there.

My Butet also was made so that it sat more up on the horses' shoulders.. especially in the flaps. I'm 5'9 and long from hip to thigh so my saddles always have forward flaps. On the Butet, the flap extended over the horses shoulder, probably restricting the movement. My TC is more balanced, and while it still fits my long leg, it doesnt inhibit the shoulders on any of my horses.

That said, I have 4 very different horses... a 15.2h "western" paint gelding who has no withers to speak of, a 17.1h TB gelding with very high withers, a 16.1h TB gelding built like a warmblood with a wide back and wideish withers, and a 16h TB mare thats just a pretty average backed horse. My butet slid back terribly on my paint, sat on the withers of the big horse, fit the smaller TB gelding and the mare. No amount of padding could fix the horses that it didnt fit. I tried just about everything. My TC, on the other hand, fits all 4 realitively easily. When you buy the saddle, it comes with two leather pads. One pad has a cutout in the withers (think thinner leather version of a Wilkers wither half pad thing) and the other just has a thick area in the wither region. Of course just the saddle sitting there doesnt fit every horse. I have found though, that the pads make the saddle adequately fit every one of mine, and anything else I ride. I ride with the wither cutout pad on my big TB, the thick pad with my Paint (and the saddle doesnt MOVE! its amazing!!) and the other two can go with just the plain saddle and a thin fleece fitted pad. Its great!

I'm not a saddle expert, and there have been a billion threads started by people who know more than I do. But I reccomend the TC saddles, especially to anyone with a mini-herd like me, or people who ride lots of different horses. Its a very expensive saddle.. but shoot- I went to Tads farm, sat on a bunch of different saddles in front of him, and he custom made a saddle that fits me better than anything else I'll probably ever sit in. I'd pay the money over and over again for that!

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Jan. 29, 2004, 04:23 PM
prix-de saute flat as as pancake and love it abour 15years old

Jan. 29, 2004, 04:25 PM
I just got a Beval Butet (flat seat) and it is the best thing i have ever ridden in! It also fits my horse very well! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Jan. 29, 2004, 04:26 PM
Antares....almost a year old now.
It's wonderful!

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Jan. 29, 2004, 05:13 PM
I ride in a Crosby Hunterdon. I love my flat as a board saddle. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


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Jan. 29, 2004, 05:16 PM
Crosby Centennial....I would not trade it for anything in the world including the top brand saddles like Antares, Beval or PJ. It isn't off the wall expensive, fits every horse I've had it on and I love it to death.

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Jan. 29, 2004, 05:39 PM
I usually Ride in the used Stuben i was given as a gift a few years ago.. works great!

Jan. 29, 2004, 05:50 PM
Stackhouse!... http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gifIt's a beauty. Mm mm, I love it.

Peace Out!
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Jan. 29, 2004, 05:54 PM
I second the Stackhouse! I love mine!

Jan. 29, 2004, 06:24 PM
unbelievable--elitetrainer and i are the only stubbenites here?????

i have a stubben sigfreid II that i loff loff LOFF!!!!!!!

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Jan. 29, 2004, 07:04 PM
Tad Coffin and a Butet. I much prefer the TC http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Jan. 29, 2004, 07:07 PM
Thornhill Pro-Am Close Contact, good saddle for the money. But I LOVE the Bates Close Contact.

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Little Indian
Jan. 29, 2004, 07:15 PM
i have a crosby centenielle international and am getting a new saddle hopfully within the next two months, but i'm stuck between a Tad Coffin (which i have recieved the pamphlet on) and a Butet.

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Jan. 29, 2004, 07:16 PM

We've had two, and the leather has been incredible in both. Really well made, even though we bought both used. We bought the second one, though, because truly it was the ONLY saddle that fit our horse. Its not a perfect fit for my daughter, but in a contest between her comfort and the horse, guess who wins...

Jan. 29, 2004, 07:21 PM
Crosby Centennial all the way!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

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Due's Mom
Jan. 29, 2004, 07:33 PM
Prix de Saute but have never been that happy with it. It is barely broken in and as soon as I am able, I plan to get something else.

Years ago I had a Sovereign that felt as if it were made for me..sigh..I loved that saddle

Jan. 29, 2004, 07:47 PM
Bates Caprilli CC...horsey loves it, but I wish it were WAAAAY flatter. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif My other saddle is a 10 y/o Collegiate, a flat PDN knockoff. I have ALWAYS loved that saddle, and it is still my favorite. I have yet to find anything that comes close to duplicating the comfort and balance of that saddle, which cost all of $325 brand new. You'd think that for $1500 I could come close, but no. Got a Centennial, which pitched me forward. Got a Beval Devon with a special flap configuration, which was hard as a rock to sit in and bridged on my horse's back. Got the Bates, which my horse thinks is great (I swear it must feel like a pillow to him), but it's still too much saddle for my taste. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif I guess you can't have it all. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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Jan. 29, 2004, 08:17 PM
I ride in my BELOVED Crosby Prix Des Nations.

Occasionally I ride in Leftysmom's Crosby Excel, when I ride her Lefty.

Rebecca and Merritt's Crew (Cruiser)

Jan. 29, 2004, 08:38 PM
A Butet, which I looooooove (and it fits my horse sooo nicely)

"I'm looking for a dare to be great situation"- John Cusack

Jan. 29, 2004, 08:40 PM
Prestige and love it!

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Jan. 29, 2004, 10:09 PM
I LOVE my Zaldi. It's super comfy (work 4+ horses and not get sore comfy), secure, well balanced, not to mention drop dead gorgeous, made with superior craftsmanship and the finest french leather available. And it all comes w/ an unbelievably low price tag!

I will say that it does not fit particularily high withered horses well, but a standard riser pad seems to do the trick. Hopefully as they gain popularity in the US they will start to offer something more suited to the high withered thoroughbred type.

Butets are definately the most sought after right now in the hunter ring, and a must have for every HP, but I think if I was going to drop 3 grand (though I don't see why I'd want to when I can have a Zaldi for less than half that) on a saddle I'd buy an Antares.

Jan. 29, 2004, 10:22 PM
Jeffries "Flyover". Single flap design with long billets. Can't get any closer to your horse unless you're bareback. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Jan. 29, 2004, 11:14 PM
Beval Natural http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Jan. 29, 2004, 11:51 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by texana07:
Butets are definately the most sought after right now in the hunter ring, and a must have for every HP, but I think if I was going to drop 3 grand (though I don't see why I'd want to when I can have a Zaldi for less than half that) on a saddle I'd buy an Antares.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Actually I would lean more towards the Tad Coffin being the most sought after saddle in the ring these days. 5-6 or so years ago, I'd have gone with the butet, but TCs get more and more popular (and loudly in favor of butets due to fit) by the day.

Of course, you should buy what fits your horse though. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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Jan. 30, 2004, 01:11 AM
Buy what fits your horse, and you, not what is suppose to be in style.

JMHO but I find that Butet's do ride too much on a horses shoulder and wither, and does not fit very many horses.
You can pad them all you want, but that does not correct the problem.

Trainer's who insist on owner's having a certain brand of saddle, or riding all the horses with one saddle. are in my opinion, not thinking about the horse.
But on the other hand those trainer's are not going to be getting the very best from the horse's they ride. haha http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Native Funk
Jan. 30, 2004, 05:40 AM
i have a Bullion i think im the only person i know with one.

Me and My Pony


closer to fine
Jan. 30, 2004, 06:27 AM
I just got the Beval Natural and I loooove it!!! I have been riding in a Phase Four for to many years.I Did not realize I was torturing myself.

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Jan. 30, 2004, 06:38 AM
I have an older Beval Devon that I love! If you are looking for popular saddles though, I'm not a good example. The guy at the tack store said he never gets young people (I'm 18) who want to buy flat saddles.


Jan. 30, 2004, 06:40 AM
Well i have sat on few saddles the first one was pessoa A/O i didn't feel great in then. So i went out and got a JAGUARXJC Equitation saddle i have had it now for 2 years almost and love it. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
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Jan. 30, 2004, 06:52 AM
A butet - I love it!

Jan. 30, 2004, 07:22 AM
Cliff Barnsby Schokemohol (my butt loves me for it!!) http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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Jan. 30, 2004, 07:35 AM
CC Crosby Prix De Nations (17" long forward flap) and my very used GenX (17" extra long and foward). Only saddles that fit my leg lol.

Jan. 30, 2004, 08:01 AM
Not that it's popular nowadays..I think it used to be moreso about 15 years ago:

Crosby Prix de Nations

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Jan. 30, 2004, 08:27 AM
Hey Rumours. thanks for the comparison. just wondering if the TC has a wider seat/panels? I think Tad Coffin designed the old Crosby Equilibrium saddles, and they had wide panels under the seat, and I'm wondering if the TC saddle is similar at all.

Jan. 30, 2004, 08:29 AM
Zaldi Bentley II- absolutely wonderful!

Jan. 30, 2004, 09:18 AM
I have a PDN that I still use the most and a Beval Natural which I love but does not fit the horses that I am riding right now.

"In riding a horse, we borrow freedom." Helen Thompson

Jan. 30, 2004, 09:21 AM
I have a Warin Fils. Anyone ever heard of it. I would give my right arm for another.

Just bought a Zaldi (as a second saddle), jury's still out, not on the saddle which seems quite nice, but whether or not I can live with the size. The flaps seemed short for me when when I started out last night, but I felt quite secure over fences and snarky trainer did not comment on it being too small, so maybe it was not so noticeable.

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Jan. 30, 2004, 09:27 AM
Hey Riotex.. go look at www.applesaddlery.com (http://www.applesaddlery.com) they have a used warin fils saddle...

Jan. 30, 2004, 09:47 AM
I should call them, they don't seem to have an email addres. I would surely want pictures as I don't know if there are multiple models.

Mine is a confirmed sofa and even the pros will ride in it.

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Perfect Pony
Jan. 30, 2004, 10:05 AM
I have an old 20th century. It fits most horses and is well made and well balanced, but the flaps are WAY too long for my stubby legs.

I have a Zaldi Star on the way.

RioTex, what size Zaldi did you get, and how large are the flaps? I had heard they fit long legged riders, so I have been worried about mine. I have a new 17/31 coming.

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Jan. 30, 2004, 10:10 AM
interesting topic. how about what you do with your saddle? eq, hunter, jumper, training horses. . .

Devoucoux _ jumpers

good booie
Jan. 30, 2004, 10:17 AM
I usually find topics like this tedious, but today I must chime in to support the small but ever growing *Zaldi Clique* http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif I have a Zaldi Star which I adore. Balanced, beautiful and my horse LOVES it.

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Jan. 30, 2004, 10:18 AM
ashland - love it! used to have a good pessoa too!

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Jan. 30, 2004, 10:37 AM
Currently I have a Crosby PDN that is probably older then I am and there is no stuffing left and no knee rolls (Which I am STILL a fan of!) - so I am saddle shopping. I am really intereted in the Antares - the guy called me to do a fitting and I COULD NOT understand a word he said... ha ha.. we will see!

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Jan. 30, 2004, 12:13 PM
I have a very broken in Devocoux Barritz love it! It's like a couch. I recently got the seat replaced and it's still soooo comfy!

Jan. 30, 2004, 12:18 PM
I have an Antares which I love and an older County pro-fit that I really like as well. I am also big fan of the PJs!

Jan. 30, 2004, 12:29 PM
Nice and Collegiate-Both very nice and comfy. I also LOVe my Barnsby-although it is ancient-older than me even!

Proud servant and pet of an OTTB!

Jan. 30, 2004, 12:38 PM
Well, seeing as I ride on of my coach's horses, I use one of her saddles too!! It's a 40+ year old Stubben that is flat, hard, and there is virtually NOTHING there...there is only a pencil knee roll, and it has dressage billets, and its a single flap. I love it! It let's me get so much closer to the horse! And it has VERY nice overall balance. Here is a pic of it on my coach's mare: (oh and it is flatter than the pic makes it look..i have a riser pad under it...also, it's from last year (and I just got the hunt coat and I KNOW it doesn't fit properly lol) the saddle (http://community.webshots.com/scripts/editPhotos.fcgi?action=showMyPhoto&albumID=108769154&photoID=114942387&security=oSOAGl)

Lazy Palomino Hunter
Jan. 30, 2004, 12:44 PM
I ride in a Beval LTD. I looovvveee it http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

(but I would REALLY REALLY like a PJ. Or a Luc Childeric *sp)


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Jan. 30, 2004, 12:53 PM
I used to have a Prix de Saute, and an Ashland which I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED. But then I quit.

I now ride in an older PDN- I like it, but it doesn't fit my mare very well. I am saving for something better and then I'll work toward a TC.

Tomorrow's another day, and I'm thirsty anyway; so bring on the rain.

Jan. 30, 2004, 01:21 PM
I ride in a Prestige Nona Garson. I tried about 10 saddles before I bought it and it has been amazingly comfortable since day one. I ride lots of different horses and it fits them all. I absolutely love it.

Jan. 30, 2004, 01:31 PM
I have PJ Pro for my saddle, but I also love my trainer and sister's Devoucouxs, and my trainer's and mom's Butets.

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Jan. 30, 2004, 01:34 PM
I also have a Devoucoux Biarritz (very comfy!), and before that I had a Daaleman (http://www.daaleman.nl/) saddle.

Jan. 30, 2004, 02:00 PM
My horse and I loff our Devoucoux-Biarritz! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Chsnt Mare
Jan. 30, 2004, 02:17 PM
I have a Tad Coffin that I absolutely worship!!

Jan. 30, 2004, 02:25 PM
8 yr old Butet that still looks new -- I love it!!

Silver Bells
Jan. 30, 2004, 02:26 PM
I too have a TAD COFFIN that is GREAT!

Jan. 30, 2004, 02:27 PM
None that work perfectly, yet!! Argh. Hey, those with a Beval Natural that you say doesn't fit your horse, can you tell me why? I noticed the tree is very different and should accomodate many types of backs. Where's the problem?

I can only conclude that I'm paying off karma at a vastly accelerated rate.
-Ivanova, B5

Jan. 30, 2004, 02:29 PM
6 y/o BUTET all the way. It looks practically new!

Page and Callie

Jan. 30, 2004, 02:41 PM
$300 16" Lancer Close-Contact! Gotta love the cheap saddles! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif But I DO have the double-jointed stirrups, so I'm not completely poor! ;-)

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Jan. 30, 2004, 03:08 PM
A very old, 30+year, very flat PDN. I've had this saddle since it was new. Still like being able to feel the horse under me.

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Jan. 30, 2004, 03:09 PM
selle francais..love it

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Sorry theres not more of my horsiehttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif ..more to come!

Jan. 31, 2004, 06:47 AM
Well - it depends on the horse... I have a 40+ yr old Hermes (two, actually - used primarily now for Irish Hunter classes), a 35+ yr old Jimmy's, a ??? Butet (that I use most of the time on the Irish horses), a 10 yr old Scleese (That I use on the narrower horses), and a 5yr old Devocoux Dressage saddle (for dressage/flarwork/Irish Hunter classes).

Maybe I should sell one or two.... http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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Jan. 31, 2004, 08:29 AM
Right now I am riding in a Dominus Show Jumper as that was the saddle that was fitted for my horse. I wasn't sure about it in the beginning, but I absolutly love it now. It's very comfortable when it fits a horse properly, although I could do with a little less knee rolls (I hate knee rolls!!!)

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Jan. 31, 2004, 09:44 AM
County D'espre--flaps are adjustable from saddle, three positions.

Libertyville's Gold Medal (english made) all purpose.

Had an argentine copy of a steuben tristan that I rode in for ten years and loved. Doesn't fit the newer horses.

Also had a Gold Medal close contact but sold it when old horse was retired and didn't work on new ones. Nice saddle, though.

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Jan. 31, 2004, 11:04 AM
Ok, this might be just me being slow, but could anyone tell me what PDN stands for? That's one I have never heard before...anyone care to enlighten me? lol


Jan. 31, 2004, 11:19 AM
Crosby Prix de Nations... probably the most popular saddle to own if you bought 20 years ago (like me!). It's a classic!

Jan. 31, 2004, 01:10 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Velvet:
None that work perfectly, yet!! Argh. Hey, those with a Beval Natural that you say doesn't fit your horse, can you tell me why? I noticed the tree is very different and should accomodate many types of backs. Where's the problem?

_I can only conclude that I'm paying off karma at a vastly accelerated rate.
-Ivanova, B5_<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Mallory's Natural did not fit Elliot because he loves a W gullet on his saddle.
You really should take a look at the County Saddles Velvet.
They have every combination known to mankind, for both the horse and rider.

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Jan. 31, 2004, 01:51 PM
ohhhh ok I see..thank you very much! I recently saw a new one in the State Line Tack catalogue, and it is a very nice lookin saddle!!


On A Whim
Jan. 31, 2004, 02:14 PM
County Stabilizer! It's wonderful....my horse and I have been really happy with it!

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Jan. 31, 2004, 02:18 PM
Crosby Sovreign (don't know how to spell it) but I couldn't live without it. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Jan. 31, 2004, 02:54 PM
I probably have one of the only one of these around- a Silver Trophy close contact. We got it in 1984 or so, when I got my baby greenie and was 13! It was from a limited run of saddles done by a saddle designer who used to work for Crosby, I think. At any rate, it is a lovely, broken in, totally flat saddle- a lot like a PDN. With a sheepskin wither relief pad, I can ride on virtually any horse and not have troubles. I'm serious- I use it on horses from a 15.1 QH cross to a 17.2 Oldenberg, and no one ever gets unhappy back from this saddle. Because it is a 16.5", I feel like I might want something a little bigger, since I no longer have the same body I did when I was 13 (thank god), although it still fits (heh). But if I go for comfort and chairness, I am afraid I'll give up the really close feel I get of the horse with my old one...That is something I really value, so maybe I'll stick with it!

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Jan. 31, 2004, 03:10 PM
I love my Pessoa A/O! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Jan. 31, 2004, 03:43 PM
stuuben seigfreid, LS

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Jan. 31, 2004, 03:43 PM
Here's one you probably haven't heard of... I have a BR Roma and love it.

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Jan. 31, 2004, 04:19 PM
I ride in a Santa Cruz close contact, and i love it!! its sooo comfy!!


Jan. 31, 2004, 04:36 PM
Antares! I'm taking it to the grave!

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Jan. 31, 2004, 04:52 PM
My current CC is a Bates, which I really like. I have had several others in the past that I have loved (Albion, Barnsby, Prestige), but didn't fit a respective horse.

I finally set up a photo album...take a look!

Jan. 31, 2004, 05:12 PM
butet http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif looove it!


J. Turner
Jan. 31, 2004, 06:02 PM
I've had an old Crosby CC as a kid in the 70s, a PDN - hated it on most horses, a CC made in Penn somewhere bought used from one of Louise Serio's clients who had moved on to a Butet, a Pessoa (okay), a Butet (loved it) but recently sold it, and moved on to a TC which I loff!

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Jan. 31, 2004, 06:22 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by horse_poor:
unbelievable--elitetrainer and i are the only stubbenites here?????

i have a stubben sigfreid II that i loff loff LOFF!!!!!!!

No, I have a Stubben Camelot that I really like. I don't use it that much anymore, though. I usually use my daughter's Bates Caprilli CC.

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Jan. 31, 2004, 06:58 PM
An AINCIENT Crosby Prix de Nations, literally falling apart, but I love it http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I want either a Nona Garson Prestige, or a PJ.

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Jan. 31, 2004, 07:02 PM
Cliff Barnsby Esprit

member of the standardbred clique!!

Jan. 31, 2004, 07:04 PM
wintec 500,but im seriously getting something else.

nickels and dimes
Jan. 31, 2004, 07:38 PM
theres only one other person with a collegiate. i have the ian millar one. i am getting a chideric though.


Jan. 31, 2004, 08:16 PM
Devoucoux Socoa and a Pessoa A/O. Used to ride in a Hermes Steinkraus.

Slew Son
Feb. 1, 2004, 01:40 AM
I have had a Natural, and I don't recomend them. I have also had a Ashland, and they are cumfy.

Feb. 1, 2004, 04:24 AM
Smith Worthington Mystic! One of the most comfie saddles I have ever ridden in!

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Feb. 1, 2004, 12:22 PM
I ride in a Beval Devon 2000. I love it. It is so comfortable.

Feb. 1, 2004, 12:53 PM
I have a Beval Natural. I LOFF it! Comfy and fits most horses well. It's been a great saddle and hasn't shown any signs of wear and I'm tough on my saddle. When it finally dies though, if I don't get another I'm getting a Tad Coffin.

*A fool and his money are soon partying!*

Feb. 1, 2004, 05:01 PM
Attended the Saddlery Expo this weeekend, after looking at ALL and I mean ALL the saddles (sat in Bevals too) I liked the Frank Baines Reflex (the offer totally custom at a good price too) and Black Country Maelstrom in Antique leather with Doe Skin seat from England have to see these saddles...drool drool drool.

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wowee zowee
Feb. 1, 2004, 05:13 PM
I have a Beval LTD2 and an Ashland. I'm currently only riding in the Beval... the Ashland sits at home collecting dust. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif I am convinced I'll use it again someday... but I probably won't.

Feb. 1, 2004, 05:18 PM
A Stubben Cavaleria I that is older than most of the people replying here, and a venerable and experienced Crosby PDN. Between the two I don't need anything else. Although I have been yearning for a used Kieffer I saw on consignment...

Feb. 2, 2004, 09:15 AM
http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gifStubben, Stubben, Stubben!!!!

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Feb. 2, 2004, 09:47 AM

I tried a bunch of the County saddles. They didn't fit me at all. Large or small seats, I still sat in the wrong place or didn't have enough leg room.

I'm still not seeing why the Beval Natural wouldn't fit. They come in a wide that is actually very wide. It looks narrower at the top, but the weight is not at the top and over the withers. It's more flexible than that. The padding is just up higher.

It's a bizarre saddle, but if you put your hands under the pressure points, you'll find there really aren't any. That's why I was wondering why it was rejected by some as not fitting.

I can only conclude that I'm paying off karma at a vastly accelerated rate.
-Ivanova, B5

Feb. 2, 2004, 12:47 PM
Courbette Alpina...very comfy saddle!

Feb. 2, 2004, 04:02 PM
pessoa a/o http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Feb. 2, 2004, 04:23 PM
Beval Natural.

Feb. 2, 2004, 11:00 PM
I have a County Stabilizer. The balance felt awkward for me at first, but after I increased the seat size to a 17.5 instead of a 17 it felt perfect. It is a tad bit big, but somehow it just feels right. It is cushier than my old saddle, but the seat is pretty flat. I don't really like the super deep seats.

My horse LOVES it. She is very sensitive and it is the only saddle I have tried where she doesn't pin her ears and act all pissy.

She is such a diva...

Feb. 2, 2004, 11:07 PM
Crosby Equilibrium

Feb. 2, 2004, 11:08 PM
Ridden in several over the years, but most recently in an older model Crosby Hampton Classic with the knee blocks stripped out (adored it!), and when that finally wore out, I started in a Pessoa Gen-X, again without any knee or thigh blocks. Both saddles are really alot alike. The Gen-X fits lots of different horses, and is really comfortable. To me, it feels alot like a Butet.

Feb. 3, 2004, 05:27 AM
Tad Coffin and County Stabilizer XTR. I have found the XTR to be very different from the regular Stabilizer.

Feb. 3, 2004, 11:56 AM
Frank Baines

Sandy M
Feb. 3, 2004, 04:26 PM
TraIl/ hunter/jumper Greenies: Steubben Imperator
Dressage: Smith-Worthington Maxx
Hunter/Jumper Showing: Crosby Mark VI (a Verrrrrry old "flat" saddle. I think I've had it about 20 years or more).

Feb. 3, 2004, 07:54 PM
Thornhill Pro Trainer Grand Prix. Seven years running and it still looks just broken in and is as padded as ever. It is a couch. Picture! (http://www.adamspetsupplies.com/images/store/item_913.jpg)


Feb. 3, 2004, 10:01 PM
Beck! I thought I was the only person in the world that rode in a Stubben Cavalleria! I had one for a long time and loved it...once I got used to it! I traded it in for my current Crosby XL E - The only stock saddle I've ever found to fit my leg. I did have to take out the knee rolls though.

I also like the Crosby Grand Prix (rode it that for years), Stubben Siegfried, I rode in a student's Crump EXL and was very impressed in how well balanced it put me on her little QH.

Feb. 3, 2004, 10:31 PM
I have a Stubben Siegfried CS. I love love love it, but have sadly outgrown it.

So now I am on the hunt for a new saddle, so this thread is interesting, although I am not having much luck since I am going to need a larger (18-19") on a budget.


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Feb. 9, 2004, 08:02 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Tallyrand:
Tad Coffin and County Stabilizer XTR. I have found the XTR to be very different from the regular Stabilizer.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

The XTR is really a great Jumper saddle, it has a bit more of a foreward flap.
The Pro Fit, fits Elliot better than the XTR or the Stabilizer.

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Feb. 9, 2004, 08:10 AM
I have a Dover Circuit Elite. Very nice comfy saddle for the price!

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