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GoForAGallop
Oct. 1, 2011, 08:02 AM
I've done tons of searching and reading of threads all over the internet. I've googled for the best prices and finally found the A8 for a measly $450. Most importantly, I'm finally in a position where I feel okay spending that measly $450, as a sorta-no-longer-broke college student. :lol:

So what I need from the COTH community: Who has one of these? Do you like it? What sort of horse are you using it on, in terms of back shape/wither height?

I have a big QH gelding who has some big, well-set back shoulders on him...most dressage saddles seem to avoid thunking into them, although almost all CCs do, so I'm not tooooo worried about the A8. At the same time, he does have a pretty well defined wither, he's not mutton-withered at all. (At least in my opinion.) I am thinking I am going to do the Medium-Wide tree for him, after being advised on Horse and Hound that the wide tree is quite wide, and may sit down on horses who have a bit of a wither/are not wide enough.

Of course, I can return the saddle if it doesn't fit, but I would like at least a good chance of thinking it will!

Petstorejunkie
Oct. 1, 2011, 09:09 AM
I don't have any experience with Tekna, but was wondering if you are looking at them for their price, or the way they fit?

... if it's price, your $500 can be MUCH better spent on high end used... but I probably sound like a broken record.

GoForAGallop
Oct. 1, 2011, 09:27 AM
I don't have any experience with Tekna, but was wondering if you are looking at them for their price, or the way they fit?

... if it's price, your $500 can be MUCH better spent on high end used... but I probably sound like a broken record.

Price is always a consideration (otherwise we'd all have full customs!) but I have heard that they are built on the Prestige tree or something very similar, which does seem to be a shape that works well for my guy.

So you say, in terms of high end used, but I am a perpetual Ebay stalker (like I check out new saddle listings daily) and I am NOT seeing anything worthwhile for around $500. You can find plenty of ancient County's for that price, which I'm pretty sure would fit my guy, but I have no interest in spending $500 on a 20 year old County Competitor that needed to be reflocked about five years ago, with leather wear all over the flaps. Once you get up more around the $1000 mark there is PLENTY of options, but I'm not sure I want to spend that much at this point in my life.

The Teknas have the heat-adjustable tree of the Prestige, as well as wool-flocking, so are pretty easy to "customize" to a specific horse. Every review I've read has been positive (and got the same feedback from my butt when I sat in one in the tack shop! :lol:) but I'm having trouble finding any info on exactly what sort of horse shape they're being used on, or how to take a best guess on the tree size, hence my post here. :)

FlashGordon
Oct. 1, 2011, 09:32 AM
You cannot find a "high end used" saddle for $500. If anyone knows where to find them, let me know, cause I'm definitely not seeing them out there...

flashwhitelock
Oct. 1, 2011, 09:34 AM
gee, i sold my 20 year old county with new flocking, new billets and fabulous condition for 500. There are good saddles out there. Most importantly, go second hand where you can make sure it doesn't "sort of" fit but really fit both your horse and you.

alto
Oct. 1, 2011, 11:01 AM
You can find plenty of ancient County's for that price, which I'm pretty sure would fit my guy, but I have no interest in spending $500 on a 20 year old County Competitor that needed to be reflocked about five years ago, with leather wear all over the flaps.
The Teknas have the heat-adjustable tree of the Prestige, as well as wool-flocking, so are pretty easy to "customize" to a specific horse. Every review I've read has been positive (and got the same feedback from my butt when I sat in one in the tack shop! :lol:) but I'm having trouble finding any info on exactly what sort of horse shape they're being used on, or how to take a best guess on the tree size, hence my post here. :)

I bought one of those $500 pre-1990 County Competitors - flocking & saddle were in like new condition - several people have ridden in the saddle & declared it very comfortable, the kid even finds it lovely for the 3-4 hour trail rides :yes: (high praise for a saddle that does not fit the kid but does fit FP perfectly)
The leather on this old saddle is much more durable than some of more recent vintage, but is still very soft & pliable.

The Tekna's I looked at were relatively heavy (the shop owner was less impressed with them than she'd expected), the tree is adjustable but not by anyone in my area, the flocking is a foam-synthetic wool combination (again not adjustable by the saddle fitters in my area) - BUT the Tekna's I examined were the first generation produced. Do contact the nice folks at Tekna, I don't recall who I spoke with but she was very knowledgeable.

OTOH how could one resist this vision in white (http://www.teknasaddlery.com/newdetails.asp?pid=142) :eek:

Sabovee
Oct. 1, 2011, 11:06 AM
I have a Tekna dressage saddle - bought it for my large, hard to fit growing horse and SHOCKER, it actually fits (... for now... ). I actually really like it, it puts you in a nice position, has moveable knee blocks and is easy to clean/care for. I ended up getting a brown one with the smooth seat - it's a good grippy saddle even without the suede.

I went through about 15 used saddles in an attempt to find a saddle that fit him before settling on getting a new Tekna. I bought mine through the Cheshire Horse - as they have a demo saddle program, so you can try it before you buy it.

I'm generally a saddle snob, I love Prestiges, Schleeses and my Ryders, this is a fabulous saddle for the price.

GoForAGallop
Oct. 1, 2011, 11:53 AM
I have a Tekna dressage saddle - bought it for my large, hard to fit growing horse and SHOCKER, it actually fits (... for now... ). I actually really like it, it puts you in a nice position, has moveable knee blocks and is easy to clean/care for. I ended up getting a brown one with the smooth seat - it's a good grippy saddle even without the suede.

I went through about 15 used saddles in an attempt to find a saddle that fit him before settling on getting a new Tekna. I bought mine through the Cheshire Horse - as they have a demo saddle program, so you can try it before you buy it.

I'm generally a saddle snob, I love Prestiges, Schleeses and my Ryders, this is a fabulous saddle for the price.

Thanks for the helpful post! Do you have any pictures of your guy in the Tekna, or with no saddle on? I'm just trying to get an idea if the saddle will come close to fitting my guy's shape, before I bother with shipping it back and forth.

Sabovee
Oct. 1, 2011, 12:33 PM
I don't have any pics of him in the new saddle, but here he is naked...

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/12642_324759285045_818070045_9543840_5605354_n.jpg

I bought him a wide and it fits him wonderfully. :)

Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

enjoytheride
Oct. 1, 2011, 12:38 PM
I bought a new HDR with french leather off of Ebay for $255. It lists for $900. I got a good deal because the economy sucks, it was a 16.5, and it ended on a weekend.

I have not seen the tekna saddles in person but I own a pair of the reins and I have seen the bridles, girths, and halters in person and they are very nice.

GoForAGallop
Oct. 1, 2011, 12:43 PM
I don't have any pics of him in the new saddle, but here he is naked...

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/12642_324759285045_818070045_9543840_5605354_n.jpg

I bought him a wide and it fits him wonderfully. :)

Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

Oh, thanks! He looks very similar to my guy in shape, although my guy is probably a smaller version so I think my medium-wide leaning is probably correct. :)


I bought a new HDR with french leather off of Ebay for $255. It lists for $900. I got a good deal because the economy sucks, it was a 16.5, and it ended on a weekend.

I have not seen the tekna saddles in person but I own a pair of the reins and I have seen the bridles, girths, and halters in person and they are very nice.

HDR's don't fit my guy without a little tweaking, but I do keep an eye on them. Although I have NOT been impressed with the way that mine wore (now used as a spare saddle). It scuffed up pretty dramatically in the first year, although the plane leveled off after that and it hasn't gotten any worse.

alto
Oct. 1, 2011, 01:10 PM
I'm just trying to get an idea if the saddle will come close to fitting my guy's shape, before I bother with shipping it back and forth.

Really do talk to the saddle specialists at Tekna!


Trumbull Mtn offers the Thorowgood (http://www.trumbullmtn.com/store/new-saddles/dressage/thorowgood/t-6-broadback/) & would be able to help with fit assessment (& might even suggest the tekna would be a better fit once they see the photos & back tracing ;) )

Charlotte's (http://www.charlottes-saddlery.com/Tekna-Saddles.htm) carry the Tekna & also have a good reputation for service & saddle fit.

duecavalle
Oct. 6, 2011, 03:58 PM
Hey GFAG, I think you are in New England? In my daily peruse of the NH Craigslist farm and garden section, I noticed this ad for a brand new Tekna. http://nh.craigslist.org/grd/2601971378.html :)

BetterOffRed
Oct. 10, 2011, 09:56 AM
My local tack shop sells the Tekna. When I went in and saw it, the tack shop owner told me about it and I sat in it for quite a while and really liked it. The tack shop owner explained why, it is made on the Prestige tree and I am a died in the wool Prestige saddle fan. I love how it fits me and my horse. I know that any 33 tree is going to fit him. I have a 17h warmblood that has large shoulders and a substantial wither- he is what my saddle fitter calls an A frame. If I had a second horse, or needed another saddle option I would definately consider the Tekna.

pryme_thyme
Oct. 11, 2011, 02:19 PM
I bought a Kieffer Dressage saddle for $650 (floor model but new) and shipped, off ebay. Wait for the deals and get a higher end leather saddle.

My sister looked at the Tekna. Decent saddle for the price but not long lasting from the looks of the wear.

Good Luck.

buck22
Oct. 11, 2011, 09:21 PM
You cannot find a "high end used" saddle for $500. If anyone knows where to find them, let me know, cause I'm definitely not seeing them out there...

sure you can, I've found at least a dozen, or more, including hulsebos, black country, stackhouse, albion, and a couple of lauriche, all under $600, all in great shape, all on ebay. :cool: I even watched a passier GG in very good condition sell for $88 on ebay last year. I was going to snatch it up but I really had no need, no desire to flip it, so just hoped that the person who won it really really appreciated it and that it made them and their horse very happy.

fjording
Oct. 11, 2011, 09:38 PM
Ergh I really dislike the Tekna products. The bridles are just so ugly! Sorry to anyone who likes them but they are just gross!
I think your $500 would be better spent on something older, good quality and made of leather.
The synthetics don't give you the lifetime of use that you get from a leather saddle! I'd like to see a Tekna in 20+ years! Probably would have disintegrated!