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BEARCAT
Jul. 11, 2011, 11:28 AM
I will be trying one of these in the next couple of days and was looking to get some feedback on quality, durability, etc. It is used but said to be in great condition (haven't seen it yet) and seems to be priced fairly.
Can anyone help with some feedback?
Thanks

I have added some photos taken after today's ride and would like to hear comments as to fit as I am new to dressage saddles.

buck22
Jul. 11, 2011, 03:44 PM
I had a dominus jump saddle and I loved it to pieces. Sadly it was too small in the seat for me (marked a 17, measured 16.5). I went shopping for an 17.5 W for a long time to replace it. I found a LOT of dominus cc saddles to measure smaller than they were marked, one measured larger than it was marked, and a few true. My model also was originally made with foam panels, but I came across quite a few that were converted to wool and overstuffed badly. The leather is very nice calf, and seemed to hold up quite well as all of the models I looked at were very used and in good shape. Some cracking and some splitting at the twist, but not much given how many miles some of them may have had.

I don't know if any of this would apply to dressage models though.

I did like the saddle very much and was sad I couldn't find one to work for me. I would not hesitate to try a dominus dressage saddle if I found one that suited me and my horse.

BEARCAT
Jul. 12, 2011, 05:23 PM
Here are some pics of the saddle on my horse from today:

http://pic70.picturetrail.com/VOL1796/12924446/22998264/397667981.jpg

http://pic70.picturetrail.com/VOL1796/12924446/22998264/397667989.jpg

http://pic70.picturetrail.com/VOL1796/12924446/22998264/397667991.jpg

This one was meant to show clearance but he totally shifted his weight to the side...
http://pic70.picturetrail.com/VOL1796/12924446/22998264/397667985.jpg

I had used a clean white pad to be able to see marks/pressure spots after riding (though the pad was not perfectly centered and not a dressage pad):
http://pic70.picturetrail.com/VOL1796/12924446/22998264/397667983.jpg

Does it seem like an okay fit balance wise?

LarkspurCO
Jul. 13, 2011, 01:04 AM
Hmmm... my first impression is that the rear panels look a little too upswept.

For my horse, I like to see a more even contact through the rear, like this:
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i213/hfournier/Tanager/Saddle/saddle-bare5.jpg

What saddle is that?