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LBAndrew
Nov. 16, 2011, 03:02 PM
Is anyone familiar with this line of Luc Childeric saddles? How do they fit (horse and rider wise)?

Thanks!

luchiamae
Nov. 16, 2011, 07:47 PM
I don't know if it's the Gold but I've ridden in a Luc Childeric jump saddle and didn't find it particularly nice. My lower leg slipped back and I have a very solid leg in any saddle, because I have put a lot of work into my legs.

Luminati
Nov. 16, 2011, 07:57 PM
I ride in a Childeric, but its a few years old. I love it. Mine has knee rolls and blocks and gives me a very secure feel. It fits all the horses I have put it on. In general, I love their saddles.

alto
Nov. 16, 2011, 09:12 PM
Give Running Fox (http://www.runningfox.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_images.tpl&product_id=109&category_id=50&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=70) a call - they were very helpful last year when I was also looking at this saddle (I believe they still have the odd one at special price)
There's also 1 in a local tack shop that is a 16 1/2, that fits more like a junior saddle (read majorly discounted last I saw).
As I recall it fits most like their M tree & leather quality can vary from average (ie what you'd expect at that price point) to very nice.

Not sure if you've seen this one at Fine Used Saddles (http://www.fine-used-saddles.com/catalog.htm?Vl=26&Tp=2) - the photo series shows alot of detail; I suspect the leather on this one is very nice.

LBAndrew
Nov. 17, 2011, 11:09 AM
I was actually looking at this one on ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ATM-Gold-Saddle-Luc-Childeric-17-Regular-Tree-NICE-/290632815361?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43ab10d301

The leather looks completely different than the grain leather in the saddle on FUS. However, to me, it looks more buttery and grippy... it's hard to say what the true quality is though. It looks like a very pretty saddle, but I really can't find much of any info on the ATM's.

alto
Nov. 17, 2011, 12:33 PM
Are there any Childeric saddlea that you can sit in locally - the ATM will fit both horse & rider more like the M than their F series ie if you hate the way the M feels, you'll likely not like the ATM either.

The ebay saddle looks very nice & does have a 7 day return policy so you might give it a go, just calculate your shipping charges both ways with insurance so you know what the actual trial costs will be.

If FUS has other saddles you might be interested in, it'd be worthwhile to do the saddle fitting she offers & have several saddles shipped at once (you can usually ship 3 saddles for same basic fee, with just additional ins. charges)

Also talk to, hmmmm I want to say Debbie, at RF, she'll be able to recommend saddle size & flap to suit your own dimensions & trees that are most likely to suit your horse.

(note the M tree is an English tree so less curvy than the F tree)

ETA compare the saddle tree & panel shape between this saddle (http://www.fine-used-saddles.com/catalog.htm?Iit=986&Ict=3) & the ATM - if your horse is just starting to work, then I'd try the Verhan as the tree & panels are adjustable.