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NCSue
Dec. 14, 2010, 12:03 PM
Browsing on Ebay and ran across this saddle line. Never heard of them. Anyone know anything about them and would they be suitable for someone who only rides once in a while (not me or my horses)?

RLF
Dec. 14, 2010, 08:56 PM
I've never heard of them either. I googled the name and not a whole lot came back- mainly just the ones listed on ebay.

My big concern was that the saddle in the photo i looked at barely looked like a dressage saddle. ???Don't know if it'd be comfy or not...

buck22
Dec. 15, 2010, 12:46 PM
it looks like a cheaply made import, http://cgi.ebay.com/CLASSIC-ESTANCIA-BLACK-DRESSAGE-ENGLISH-SADDLE-18-/220709541635#vi-desc

the problem with those is that they're mass made cheaply, the trees can be twisted or uneven, the stirrup bars hung unevenly, etc etc, all things that can cause the rider to sit improperly or hurt the horse's back. Other things like using staples and glue instead of stitching can be safety factors. Finally, they have little resale value so often just become a waste of money.

If you're on a budget or just want to play once in a while, you're better served finding a cheap well made used saddle, at least you'll stand a better chance that it won't hurt your horse (provided it fits reasonably), and if you ever tire of it you also stand a reasonable chance of selling it for close to what you paid.

Here are some reasonably priced saddles that are good name brands:
http://cgi.ebay.com/VERY-NICE-USED-DRESSAGE-SADDLE-/170578394956?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27b743bf4c
http://cgi.ebay.com/Ainsley-Dressage-Saddle-/200552801111?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb1e0e357
http://cgi.ebay.com/Beautiful-Correct-Crosby-Dressage-Saddle-/120658016375?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c17c73877
http://cgi.ebay.com/Collegiate-Dressage-Saddle-17-Black-/230562976513?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35ae9fd301
http://cgi.ebay.com/Thornhill-Vienna-II-Dressage-Saddle-/280602466115?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item415535d743
http://cgi.ebay.com/17-Markus-Krehan-Monoflap-Dressage-Saddle-/250742435829?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a6169eff5
http://cgi.ebay.com/COUNTY-ENGLISH-DEASSAGE-SADDLE-18-/170577510424?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27b7364018
http://cgi.ebay.com/ZALDI-Granada-Salamanca-Spain-Riding-Saddle-/170579227037?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27b750719d
http://cgi.ebay.com/17-M-Brown-Rembrandt-Saddle-/190479180128?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c5971a160
http://cgi.ebay.com/Lovatt-and-Ricketts-Dressage-Saddle-18-/230561959267?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35ae904d63
http://cgi.ebay.com/M-Toulouse-18-medium-Aachen-dressage-saddle-/320631189482?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aa71bafea
http://cgi.ebay.com/County-Dressage-Saddle-16-5-inches-Saddle-/330506982976?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4cf3c05640
http://cgi.ebay.com/Stubben-Romanus-Dressage-Saddle-Regular-Tree-18in-seat-/110624135107?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19c1b657c3
http://cgi.ebay.com/Frank-Baines-Elegance-Dressage-Saddle-17-5-M-/120660607296?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c17eec140
http://cgi.ebay.com/Wintec-Contour-42cm-/320628039623?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aa6eb9fc7
http://cgi.ebay.com/17-5-Medium-Wide-Collegiate-Dressage-Saddle-/170576846477?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27b72c1e8d
http://cgi.ebay.com/Bates-Dressage-Saddle-/200554524448?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb1fb2f20
http://cgi.ebay.com/COURBETTE-PIROUETTE-DR-SADDLE-17-5-Med-Tree-USED-/270519523356?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3efc38581c

NJRider
Dec. 15, 2010, 02:10 PM
100% agree with Buck22....also with a used quality saddle, you may have the option of getting it adjusted or fitted if needed,

NCSue
Dec. 16, 2010, 09:51 AM
As I said originally the saddle wouldn't be for me. It's for someone who likes to think she rides dressage but doesn't have a clue and only rides maybe once every 2-3 months. She's on a very limited budget. Saddle probably wouldn't be cared for decently so resale isn't an issue. I know most of these cheapos on ebay are junk but had never run across this one so thought I'd ask. Yup. Junk. Got it. Thanks.

Me -- I love a nice used leather saddle. Now to find one that will fit my extra, extra, extra, extra wide mare. LOL!