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good booie
Dec. 18, 2003, 03:16 PM
Should have it in a few day's. I will post picture's a.s.a.p. and give a full report on the leather http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif and fit.

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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[This message was edited by good booie on Dec. 23, 2003 at 02:15 PM.]

good booie
Dec. 18, 2003, 03:16 PM
Should have it in a few day's. I will post picture's a.s.a.p. and give a full report on the leather http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif and fit.

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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[This message was edited by good booie on Dec. 23, 2003 at 02:15 PM.]

Perfect Pony
Dec. 18, 2003, 03:18 PM
Where did you order it? Is it true there are 2 versions as I have read?

Thanks in advance for the pics, I really want to see a 'real' picture of one, not just an ad pic.

Heather Dobbs
Dec. 18, 2003, 03:40 PM
what is zaldi?

~*~it's all good...and i'm all that~*~

sonomacounty
Dec. 18, 2003, 04:41 PM
Oh, cool. I am waiting for more info from that tack shop on one right now. What size did your order? (Your height?) Do tell us about the leather & all when you get it. Are they wool or foam flocked?

Congrats !!

* lost tb *

sonomacounty
Dec. 18, 2003, 05:04 PM
Heather:

A not very expensive & loved, by some, saddle from Spain. Do a search in H/J & it will tell you more than I can.

* lost tb *

DancingPretense
Dec. 18, 2003, 05:39 PM
Oh, I am very excited for you! I just sold my saddle and I am debating between a zaldi and a bates.

How tall are you? What size did you get? How does it fit? I must know when it comes in!!

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sonomacounty
Dec. 18, 2003, 07:19 PM
Is the Zaldi wool or foam flocked? I'm not that fond of wool flocked saddles. Does anyone know how is the tree guaranteed? (I'm working with a tack shop on this right now, but am getting sketchy/unclear info.)

As a longer legged rider, would my knees be creeping off the front on this one?

And can anyone post a picture of it ON Their Horse?

Tx.

* lost tb *

good booie
Dec. 19, 2003, 05:16 AM
This is what I know about the saddle. It is wool/felt flocked???? The most amazing thing about this saddle that struck me first was how it's underside's felt. The first one I saw, was used and very broken in. The underside felt like it was stuffed with rubber. Strange I know, but my first thought was this must feel GREAT on a horsed back.

I will post pic's of it when I get it. Both on and off the horse.

ok, the leg issue. I am not tall but have a longer than normal hip to thigh. It work's for me. I currently ride in a 17.5 and though too big in the seat, my leg takes the whole side. The 17" Zaldi was fine for me.

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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Nickelodian
Dec. 19, 2003, 11:48 AM
Zaldis are foam flocked NOT wool. I'm not a fan of wool, ride to many different horses.

Let us know good booie!

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good booie
Dec. 19, 2003, 01:48 PM
How do you know?????? I talked to someone, tack shop, about this. Personally, don't care, but it would be nice to know.

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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Nickelodian
Dec. 19, 2003, 02:08 PM
I asked a tack shop when I was looking at my saddle. And they feel spongy not compressed, hard to explain.

I really hope I'm not wrong about this....I like to ride too many different horses!

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good booie
Dec. 19, 2003, 02:29 PM
ok, got more info. The original place who told me this said they were flocked with "felted wool". I just called another place and they confirmed that they are flocked with felted wool and foam. I asked how they new that and they said before the sell any product, they will take a sample saddle and cut it open to see if it is the product it has been said to be by the manufacturer. more interesting news.... http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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Heather Dobbs
Dec. 19, 2003, 02:53 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by W975:
Heather:

A not very expensive & loved, by some, saddle from Spain. Do a search in H/J & it will tell you more than I can.

* lost tb *<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

thanxhttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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DancingPretense
Dec. 22, 2003, 08:11 AM
Bump. Should be here soon, right?

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good booie
Dec. 22, 2003, 11:09 AM
Just tracked it. Tomorrow is the big day.Yippee!! It is being delivered to work and I have my digital ready to go. Pic's asap. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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Nickelodian
Dec. 22, 2003, 11:32 AM
Do a before and after oiling! Did you order a light or a dark? Where did you order from?

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Marimee
Dec. 22, 2003, 11:52 AM
My first saddle was a Zaldi, I have only ever seen one other one. I bought it for Christmas in 1985 and I've received so many comments on how comfortable it is. I feel that it's foam 'flocked' for sure. I've loaned it out to many people to use when they've been looking for a saddle and it has fit hundreds of horses. I'd say it was a worthwhile investment - I paid about $350 for it and still have it. The pommel has split and needs to be patched - other than that, it's in pretty good shape!
Good luck with yours, I can't wait to see the pix.

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DancingPretense
Dec. 22, 2003, 07:12 PM
Oh I am sooo excited. I am calling the people tomorrow to talk about the saddle and I am eagerly awaiting your photos in and out of the saddle!!!

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good booie
Dec. 23, 2003, 11:14 AM
IT'S HERE!!!! AND IT'S GORGEOUS!!!

It is the darker color. Kind of two-toned. It has lovely leather. This one is just like the used one I originally tried and thought was so pretty!!! I had tried another new one and it was the solid london color. This one is a 32cm, the other's were 31's. Stay tuned for picture's. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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Extra Ordinary
Dec. 23, 2003, 11:26 AM
Ooooh, I can't wait to see the pictures!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Where did you order yours from? Is it the Zaldi Star?? I'm looking at those also - awaiting your pics/thoughts to be for sure!!!

*Bo Frost*
*American Voodoo*

Kels
Dec. 23, 2003, 11:33 AM
Please tell me where you ordered it from so I can be sure to get the one with the "good leather" if that's the one you got http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I would definitely order from a place that I know someone has had good experience with!

Thank you!!!

-Kelsey-

good booie
Dec. 23, 2003, 01:18 PM
here is one...I think. Having camera issue's. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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good booie
Dec. 23, 2003, 01:18 PM
My picture's are too big. help?

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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Kels
Dec. 23, 2003, 01:26 PM
Where did you get the saddle, good booie? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

-Kelsey-

good booie
Dec. 23, 2003, 01:28 PM
Did you get the pic's I emailed YOu??

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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Perfect Pony
Dec. 23, 2003, 01:37 PM
I want pics! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Can you post them on a free photo site? Like webshots or ofoto or fototime?

good booie
Dec. 23, 2003, 01:39 PM
I will email to anyone who want's pic's. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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Nickelodian
Dec. 23, 2003, 01:39 PM
email them to me and i'll post them http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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good booie
Dec. 23, 2003, 01:40 PM
I already did http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif. post away please.

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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Kels
Dec. 23, 2003, 01:43 PM
I guess I have to ask my questions elsewhere...ANyone ELSE buy a Zaldi and is willing to tell me where?

-Kelsey-

Perfect Pony
Dec. 23, 2003, 01:48 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Kels:
I guess I have to ask my questions elsewhere...ANyone ELSE buy a Zaldi and is willing to tell me where?

-Kelsey-<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

LOL, I want to know WHERE too! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif If I spend the $$ I want to make sure I get the right one. And still waiting on pics, you can email them to me at kalitude@yahoo.com btw!

Nickelodian
Dec. 23, 2003, 01:54 PM
Posting pictures......and a question. Deb, when you scratch your nail lightly on the knee roll or seat...does it make a mark, or act as if you've done nothing? Edited to add...you could try scratching the knee or thigh block as well, the knee roll, seat, blocks, and underneath part of my saddle are all treated leather that repels oil.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b3cc02b3127cce84c72c90e3350000001610

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b3cc02b3127cce84c72c9362060000001610

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b3cc02b3127cce84c72c86e3230000001610

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b3cc02b3127cce84c72d60a35d0000001610

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good booie
Dec. 23, 2003, 01:56 PM
Yes, it does make a slight mark. The leather is sooooft.

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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sonomacounty
Dec. 23, 2003, 03:15 PM
Good Booie:

Can you e-mail me your pics? Which saddlery did you get it from? What size & how does it fit you.

Thanks.

* lost tb *

DancingPretense
Dec. 23, 2003, 04:08 PM
These are two places to get them. If I am not mistaken she got the saddle from the first link.

http://www.stuff4horsesonline.com/sys-catalog_single_details.asp?catid=44966&seq=2&categoryID=16653&category=Y&PageID=208568&SiteID=44700

http://www.bufordsaddle.com/eaton_saddlery/english_saddles/zaldi.htm

http://community.webshots.com/user/ridenyc

Nickelodian
Dec. 23, 2003, 04:21 PM
The second place on that list is out of business...but here are some more places:

http://www.wildhorsesaddlery.com/closecontactsaddles.htm

http://www.thetackguide.com/Engsaddles.html

http://www.culturedcowboy.com/horseequipment/btcrump/pages/saddles.htm

http://www.goldenroyal.com/english-crump.htm

http://www.nightwindstack.com/saddles.htm

I believe the saddle pictured in the ones I just posted is the "dark" color (called different names), and the one on red dot (dancing's link) is the light. Which would make good booie's the "dark". That said, my saddle looks exactly like this one:

http://www.charlottes-saddlery.com/images/1630.jpg

And came brand new with that color. Which is much darker than the above saddles. Crump did finally call me back and said the sales manager would be back next monday. I will call him then.



Also W975, if you just right click on the pictures I posted you can save them to your computer. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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sonomacounty
Dec. 23, 2003, 07:02 PM
Thanks Nick.

Yes, I heard the Crump man is out on vacation, too.

Although one of the other site's had a better price, I think I'd want to order from who Good Booie did, as she said got the softer leather. (We need to ask Mr. Crump what that is all about.)

I am really excited about the under the flap photo. Padding, but not too much.

Thanks for your help. Happy Holidays!

* lost tb *

Kels
Dec. 23, 2003, 07:18 PM
I know I sound SO dumb, but I am seriously SO confused!

Okay Good Booie- where did you get your saddle? Red Dot?

Nickelodian- where did you get YOUR saddle? Is your saddle the "softer" leather that Good Booie says her's is?

I like how Nickelodian's is all the one dark brown, but I want the saddle good booie got... http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

-Kelsey-

Perfect Pony
Dec. 23, 2003, 07:19 PM
Any chance any of you owners have pics of the saddle on your horses? Pics with you on it?

I'd love to know where they might have one in stock.

good booie
Dec. 23, 2003, 07:24 PM
Got it on him tonight and just trotted and walked the breeze-way in the barn.(raining) Sit's great! One of my barn mate's just stood and stared and commented on how pretty it was and another girl said she would buy it if it does not fit my horse. This saddle is so nice. For the price...UNbelievable.

Out of town til Saturday. Will have saddle on the horse shot's then.

Merry Christmall All!!!!

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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[This message was edited by good booie on Dec. 23, 2003 at 10:40 PM.]

Nickelodian
Dec. 23, 2003, 07:38 PM
My saddle saga....

I got a Butet for graduation 3 years ago. Every horse I put it on hated it, so I traded it for a used PJ. It didnt' fit me well, so I tried every expensive saddle on the market. Antares, PJ Lite, Stackhouse, County, Tad Coffin...I could go on and on. I went down to this tack shop in Seguin TX to look at some Myler bits..its mainly a western place. A girl in my barn had a zaldi and although I had never sat in it, my trainer said it was very comfterable. There was a Zaldi Star at this random tackshop in Seguin, so I sat in it there and fell in love. It was as close to my beloved Butet as I could find (at least in feel). And for $695 I figured I couldn't go wrong.

I took it home, had a saddle fitter come out and look at it on Orion..she said..."wow beautiful saddle, and fits him extremely well!" About 6 months later I was at a horse show and a trainer approached me about the saddle wondering where I had gotten it from. It turned out she was a Zaldi dealer, so I took a look at her saddles. My saddle and her saddles were identical except the leather on the seat, knee rolls, and underpart of the saddle. On those parts of my saddle, the leather seems to be "treated" with something...so as to repel oil (water, anything liquid). Those parts on my saddle simply do not darken up at all, and for a while I was convinced it wasn't even leather (I have since taken it to a leather specialist who says it is leather, just treated).

So I still love my saddle, and love the way it fits..but am considering trading it for a "nicer leather" one. Which is why I've tried to contact Crump to see if mine is just a fluke, a defect, or if they actually made it that way on purpose.

Here is a picture of me in the Zaldi (please excuse the eq...BLEH)

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b3db34b3127cce8865a236c9670000001610

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Perfect Pony
Dec. 23, 2003, 07:52 PM
Thanks Nickelodian, that's the kind of picture I am looking for.

Now for a personal question, mind if I ask how tall/big you are and what size you have?

good booie
Dec. 23, 2003, 07:52 PM
Anna, I think you have the "other" leather, which IMO is fine. The new one I tried before I bought this one was like that, and would have bought it if it were the 32cm. Just thicker, less penetrable I guess. Basically, harder to break in but will have a longer shelf life. Mine has a satin-ee like softness with a little bit of roughness. sheesh, that does not make a bunch of sense but it will probably break in great!!! You can just tell.

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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[This message was edited by good booie on Dec. 23, 2003 at 11:00 PM.]

Nickelodian
Dec. 24, 2003, 04:16 AM
Kali-- I am SHORT, but have a very very long thigh bone. Only 5'2, about 115 lbs, and ride in a 16.5. The butet I had was a 16 1.5 (16 inch, regular forward flap) if that gives you any comparison.

booie - Yeah I think so too..i just don't understand the "real" difference b/w the two types. If that makes sense. I do think I won't have any of the cracking problems on the seat or underside a few years down the road which is nice, but man I do miss the leather on my butet http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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Kels
Dec. 24, 2003, 05:27 AM
I really want to ask for one of these for my birthday, but I am petrified to buy it w/o trying it, because if it doesn't fit my TB mare I am screwed.

Nickelodian which tree width do you have? And it fits a lot of horses? TBs or what are you riding? Thank you for your patience, I am having a brain fart when it comes to this thread.

-Kelsey-

Kels
Dec. 24, 2003, 05:55 AM
Here is the information I have gathered:

There are 3 colors, Chestnut (http://www.culturedcowboy.com/horseequipment/btcrump/images/saddles/145.jpg) Newmarket (http://www.stuff4horsesonline.com/get_image.asp?object_id=1426469)& Dark London (http://www.goldenroyal.com/images/crumps_star.jpg)

Now, if you order a chestnutRed Dot (http://www.stuff4horsesonline.com/sys-catalog_single_details.asp?catid=44966&seq=2&categoryID=16653&category=Y&PageID=208568&SiteID=44700) your saddle will look like Good Booie's (http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b3cc02b3127cce84c72c90e3350000001610)

So why is it that the chestnut from Red Dot doesn't look like the chestnut from Cultered Cowboy? Does that have anything to do with the leather? Will the two-toned leathers on good booie's saddle eventually match?

Which color do you all like best? I think I would get the dark london from golden royal, but I am not sure about ordering from them because of the leather issue. So confused, and I'm just trying to put all of this information together because I don't want to put a lot of money into something that isn't going to end up like I thought it would.

-Kelsey-

Nickelodian
Dec. 24, 2003, 01:00 PM
I think your "chestnutt" and "dark london" are the same picture of saddle, look at the gloves and whip, in the same place in both pictures. I couldn't get the newmarket to open. The one that I have is darker than either saddle listed above.

I have a 31 cm tree, and has fit pretty much all TBs and QHs I have put it on, but my TB is an oversized one, and could pass for a Hanno any day.

I can understand your confusion, as I too am confused. I promise as soon as I talk to crump directly I will post the information I get here. I do know that red dot has the "good leather" for sure. to be continued...

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Kels
Dec. 24, 2003, 01:34 PM
Thank you http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I would go ahead and order from Red Dot, but I don't want the two-toned kind of color that Good Booie got! grrr http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

-Kelsey-

sonomacounty
Dec. 25, 2003, 06:45 AM
I decided that I want the Dark London, too, which Red Dot does not have. Red tack (the chestnut color) does not work for me.

This is scary, however, as now I am dealing with is it the softer or harder leather?

Oy, not an easy saddle to order.

* lost tb *

good booie
Dec. 25, 2003, 06:59 AM
Kels I emailed you. And W975, I PT'd you. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif I got mine from a private dealer and wanted to make sure I could post her email. She said fine, no problem.

If anyone else is interested. email me.

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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Kels
Dec. 25, 2003, 08:54 AM
Thank you!

-Kelsey-

DancingPretense
Dec. 26, 2003, 12:17 PM
Just want to bump this up in anticipation of the pictures tomorrow.

http://community.webshots.com/user/ridenyc

Perfect Pony
Dec. 26, 2003, 04:17 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by DancingPretense:
Just want to bump this up in anticipation of the pictures tomorrow.

http://community.webshots.com/user/ridenyc
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for bumping this, I am waiting for more pics too!

BTW, how is Rocky? You got him right when I joined, I have wondered about him. He is gorgeous.

Kali

DancingPretense
Dec. 27, 2003, 07:55 AM
Kali, Thanks for asking he is doing wonderfully. Has a great work ethic though we have many many baby moments. His personality just cracks me up, he is really very funny but more than anything sweet. We have a lot of training to go before we make our first outing but I do look forward to that day!

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ExRacer
Dec. 27, 2003, 07:55 PM
if you don't mind my asking... how much did you pay for this saddle? those who have it - do you like it?

~Shanon~
"Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do--do it and let it speak for itself." --Martin Vanbee

texana07
Dec. 27, 2003, 11:24 PM
Hi there everyone, I'm just now getting in on this topic b/c I avoid the computer during the holidays but I to am a Zaldi fanatic who is always eager to share information on them b/c they are so nice and little known.

ExRacer - Zaldis (at this point) vary in price depending on where you buy them, currently between $700 and $1300, but as they've gained popularity their price has gone up. Their quality is comprable to the finest, most expensive saddles on the market so I doubt they will stay this cheap forever. Everyone I know that has one, and plenty of people on this board, love theirs. The only complaint I know of relates to the extreme softness of the leather, and its subsequent propencity to scratch or rip away from the seams. On the other hand, that makes them that much nicer to sit in and if well taken care of should last. We've discussed them at length here, run a seatch on Zaldi and I'm sure you'll find lots of old topics on them.

Kels - I agree with whoever said that there are actually only two colors, a light and a dark, whatever you want to call them. Whatever Zaldi actually names them I'm sure gets lost in the translation so I think it's pretty much up to the distributer or tack shop.

I don't think Zaldi has enough demand from English speaking countries yet to get it all spelled out perfectly for us and that's really what makes this all so confusing. Everyone I've spoken to has a different answer for everything so I've decided it's pretty much trail and error as far as figuring out which saddle is which. We know that they come in different leather qualities, and different colors, but there seems to be no sure fire way to know WHICH you're looking at all the time (unless it's in person). I can say that the one Red Dot carries is the fine leather b/c that's where I bought mine and that the leather (which they called "dark" but came out of the box really close to Newmarket) darkened ALOT (much to my delight). Then again, I don't remember it looking just like Good Booie's so I don't know, maybe I'm imagening things. I'd say to anyone who'd like to buy one, check your resources and try to get the first hand account of someone who's bought one from the source you're considering or be prepared to pay for return shipping.

I have a high withered TB and it does not fit him great, but is near perfect with a Cashel riser pad and tends to fit a pretty wide range of horses.

If anyone wants to see pictures I'd be more than glad to post some but won't go back to school until the end of January and don't have access to web-space here so would need to e-mail them to someone. I could even take some of his back and the saddle on w/o a pad to give you an idea of fit when I go out to the barn tomorrow it y'all would like that.

Good luck to everyone!

DancingPretense
Dec. 28, 2003, 06:03 AM
Texana07- How tall are you? Do you have a long hip to knee measurement? I would love to see you sitting in the saddle after knowing this information.

Thank you!

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Nickelodian
Dec. 28, 2003, 06:10 AM
texana..you can email me any pictures.

Dancing - I don't know if you caught this before, but I am extremly short with looong hip to knee measurement (thigh bone).

Looking forward to talking to crump tomorrow!

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good booie
Dec. 28, 2003, 07:03 AM
Hello fellow Zaldi lover's. Well, it's official. I LOVE THIS SADDLE!!!! I had my third ride in it yesterday and as I am still getting used to it, I have to say it is awesome!!! The 32cm is actually a tad wide for my horse but with just a small bumper pad, it is fine. I measured my thigh to give an idea of my leg to those asking. I measured from hip bone to knee and came up with 17.5". I took oodles of pic's and will have them for you guy's Monday.

hehe, I can't wait to ride in it again today!! To those who do own one, when did you first oil it?

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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sonomacounty
Dec. 28, 2003, 07:52 AM
Hello G.B.:

So glad you are this excited about your new tack!

&lt;I measured from hip bone to knee and came up with 17.5".&gt;

Specifically, where did you measure on your hip & knee, as this can affect the stats a lot. (I work in medicine & have seen people call a hip anywhere from their illiac crest to lower butt.)

I have been e-mailing her & we are working on things. I was looking at the Dover Equitation, as I've heard good things about Dovers & it comes w. a lifetime tree guarantee, but I want the deeper seat of the Zaldi.

Btw, do you consider it a deeper seat? (Or deeper than the regular eq. saddle?)

Thanks for the photos. The one of under the flap made me decide. Can you post a photo of it on your horse.

Again, thanks for all your great help. Congrats.

JMI, stay away, a little, from the stitches on the seat when you oil. I've found that if I avoid them some, the stitches don't wear out there as much.

* lost tb *

Jo
Dec. 28, 2003, 09:04 AM
Do they make a version in the nice leather with a flatter seat? Deep seats + Jo = icky.

TODAY'S BLESSING: May the fleas of a thousand camels infest the crotch of the person who screws up your day and may their arms be too short to scratch. AMEN

good booie
Dec. 28, 2003, 09:16 AM
I measured from my hip bone to my knee.
The point of the knee where it would make contact on the saddle.

As far as the seat goes I would say it is not deep. My other saddle is a Stubben Camelot and that seat is flat, very flat. The Zaldi is deeper but I would not consider it deep. I once sat in a Bates Caprilli and that I would consider a deep seat.

Love my Quarter Horse!

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ExRacer
Dec. 28, 2003, 10:17 AM
Texana07 - thanks!

~Shanon~
"Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do--do it and let it speak for itself." --Martin Vanbee

Perfect Pony
Dec. 28, 2003, 06:25 PM
OK, am I wrong thinking the DOVERS CIRCUIT ELITE looks a lot like the Zaldi Star? Anyone know anything about this saddle? The price is even cheaper, and it looks nice.

AnnabelleQF
Dec. 28, 2003, 07:18 PM
I think the Dover Circuit Elites are pretty um plasticy and slippery...the one's I've been in contact with have been described as "ice cube saddles" (hard, cold, and slippery!) lol but for the money...

"I wanna make a mess/I wanna blow off stress/I wanna stoke a fire/Just creatures for awhile...-311

ChampionMercedes
Dec. 28, 2003, 08:00 PM
I agree that the Dover Circuit Elite looks similar to the Zaldi Star. I have a Circuit Elite and I love it to pieces! I don't find it hard, cold or slippery. I've ridden in the Zaldi Star and I think they are very comfy, certainly not a rip off for the price you pay.

-Tami-

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Perfect Pony
Dec. 29, 2003, 09:09 AM
2 Zaldi Stars on EBAY in my size, but they are WIDE!! Crap! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Anyone who needs a wide tree, this could be a deal.

good booie
Dec. 29, 2003, 09:13 AM
What is your email Kali? I can send pic's of the saddle on the horse to you if you like. My picture's are too big for the BB.

Love my Quarter Horse!

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DancingPretense
Dec. 29, 2003, 09:18 AM
e-mail them to me!

http://community.webshots.com/user/ridenyc

SquishTheBunny
Dec. 29, 2003, 09:24 AM
Okay guys, Im going to join your club (I think). Im considering buying a zaldi, but need to know what size to get.

How does the regular tree fit? I have a 17hh wb but hes not huge. Right now he's in a medium-wide tree.

how does the 17' compare to other 17'?

Whats the best place to order them from?

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- Douglas Adams

Saddith
Dec. 29, 2003, 10:14 AM
I've been eyeing them on ebay for a while too!

That seller seems to be offering quite a few of them lately - perhaps a dealer? Are the ones that she is offering now (which are the stars) the same as the one you got Good Booie?

She had a bentley II model that looked really nice - but it was a 17.5!! I will keep trolling ebay for them I guess...

Nickelodian
Dec. 29, 2003, 10:15 AM
I have a regular tree, on a 16.3 hh WIDE tb. It has fit all of the horses i've put it on, but I haven't ridden any WBs in it. You have to keep in mind that most regular trees are 28-29 cm, and the zaldi regular is 31...so "wider" than most regulars.

I ride in a 16.5, and rode in a 16 butet, if that gives you an idea of fit.

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SquishTheBunny
Dec. 29, 2003, 10:37 AM
Okay so ive been looking around and each picture of the same saddle looks different...?!

"There was a point to this story, but it has temporarily escaped the chronicler's mind."
- Douglas Adams

good booie
Dec. 29, 2003, 10:44 AM
I am sending Nickelodian some pic's of the saddle on my horse I took this weekend. I know some folk's were interested. I did get mine from the lady on ebay. She is a dealer. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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SK
Dec. 29, 2003, 11:52 AM
Hi, I've been a lurker on this board since September and all the talk about Zaldis inspired me to bid on one on Ebay. Unfortunately, I was outbid, but I ordered a Bentley II from the dealer and couldn't be happier!
I know most of the questions have revolved around the Star model, but I just wanted to add my two-cents worth.
I have only ridden in it twice so far but I couldn't be happier with it. Comfort, leather quality, fit, etc. In the past, I have stuck with Pessoas but count me in as a new member of the Zaldi clique!
As a side note, the fit has been a major selling point for me. I'm 5'10" (all leg), weigh 117 and have pretty much no butt to speak of so most saddles that give me enough room for my leg leave me swimming in the seat and vice versa.
I ordered the 17.5 model (and again, perhaps Bentley II and the Star model are different, I'm certainly not an expert) and it has worked very well.
For comaprison, my Pessoa had a 17" which fit very well in the seat, but didn't leave me with all that much leg room.
Anyway, just my experience- hope it helps! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif)
I edited this because I don't know why that red face appeared- I typed a smiley face!???

Kels
Dec. 29, 2003, 12:15 PM
That face is very weird, lol...

I wonder if I should go with the star or the bentley?!

-Kelsey-
It is so easy, in the presence of horses, to appear foolish or incompetent.

SK
Dec. 29, 2003, 12:18 PM
I am not exactly sure what the differences between the two are. I know the Bentley is a little more expensive than the Star but I have no idea why.

Kels
Dec. 29, 2003, 12:19 PM
The Bentley appears, to me, if I remember correctly, to be a little more forward.

-Kelsey-
It is so easy, in the presence of horses, to appear foolish or incompetent.

good booie
Dec. 29, 2003, 01:58 PM
I developed a webshot's page. It's kinda screwed up, but there is a Zaldi category for you guy's to see it on an actual horse. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Love my Quarter Horse!

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Extra Ordinary
Dec. 29, 2003, 01:59 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by good booie:
I am sending Nickelodian some pic's of the saddle on my horse I took this weekend. I know some folk's were interested. I did get mine from the lady on ebay. She is a dealer. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ooooh, can't wait to see the lastest pics!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I'm so excited - I just ordered one although it may be awhile before it ships http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

*Bo Frost*
*American Voodoo*

Nickelodian
Dec. 29, 2003, 06:53 PM
Here are the latest zaldi pictures pulled out of her webshots album...

http://community.webshots.com/s/image5/6/66/74/107466674MJJfJv_ph.jpg

http://community.webshots.com/s/image4/6/67/72/107466772xlWihg_ph.jpg

Avery makes the PERFECT model! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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Jo
Dec. 30, 2003, 05:49 AM
I can't see the Webshots pics - wazzup with that? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

TODAY'S BLESSING: May the fleas of a thousand camels infest the crotch of the person who screws up your day and may their arms be too short to scratch. AMEN

Kels
Dec. 30, 2003, 06:12 AM
Good Booie- that saddle looks 100% different on the horse than in the earlier pictures. What did you use on it to darken the light parts up so it looks more like one color?

-Kelsey-
It is so easy, in the presence of horses, to appear foolish or incompetent.

good booie
Dec. 30, 2003, 06:14 AM
I have not used anything on it yet. I think that when I took the original shot's in my office they were brighter. The saddle is a very rich color and not as obviously two toned. I like the two tone, it look's gorgeous in person.

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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Kels
Dec. 30, 2003, 06:26 AM
I like two tones but to me it looks opposite what I am used to http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-Kelsey-
It is so easy, in the presence of horses, to appear foolish or incompetent.

Extra Ordinary
Dec. 30, 2003, 07:27 AM
why can't I open the album???? Help!!! I wanna see!!!!

Madie

*Bo Frost*
*American Voodoo*

Velvet
Dec. 30, 2003, 07:44 AM
I get the "forbidden" message, too.

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

good booie
Dec. 30, 2003, 07:44 AM
Go to my album. You can see the picture's there.

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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DancingPretense
Dec. 30, 2003, 08:13 AM
The links posted are not her public album thats why we can't see. I am in the process of ordering mine!

http://community.webshots.com/user/ridenyc

Nickelodian
Dec. 30, 2003, 05:10 PM
I can see them! wierd!

try going to good booie's original album instead.

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DancingPretense
Dec. 31, 2003, 06:24 AM
Anyone have paictures of their Havana Zaldi?

Thank you!

http://community.webshots.com/user/ridenyc

Perfect Pony
Dec. 31, 2003, 03:12 PM
Any Zaldi ride reports or riding pics? I am about to order one in January!

texana07
Dec. 31, 2003, 06:51 PM
I think with time and oil any two-tonedness should even out, assuming you get the soft leather. Mine certainally did! Does not look two toned at all. I'll take some pictures and post a link in a bit.

Mine is the "dark" from Red Dot (called chestnut some places) but I would describe its oiled color as dark havanna.

Quinn
Jan. 5, 2004, 07:55 AM
Has anyone tried the "wide" Zaldi at 32 cm?

http://community.webshots.com/user/ballyduff

"If you are going through hell, keep going." ~Churchill~

Perfect Pony
Jan. 5, 2004, 09:38 AM
OK, I know I am sounding like a broken record with all my questions, but can anyone explain to me why this saddle looks so different than good booie's?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3651319544&category=3170

Dan the Man
http://community.webshots.com/user/kalitude

sonomacounty
Jan. 5, 2004, 10:16 AM
Quinn: I believe some said that the 32 is a touch wide on their non TB horses, but remedy that with an extra pad underneath.

I'm not sure why the 32 seems to be the one that is easier to find/get etc. (Ideas on this, anyone ?)

Kali: I think that is the same saddle as Good Booie's but a bit darker as it is broken in some. It sounds like a good thing, over there, actually. You might consider the starting bid & see how it goes from there, JMO.

. . . still trying to zaldi . . .

* lost tb *

good booie
Jan. 5, 2004, 10:43 AM
That saddle look's just like mine but broken in. I did get the 32cm for my horse and needed a raised wither pad(Roma ProTek)which did the trick. Since putting him in 24/7 board in September and not riding much he has lost quite a bit of muscle. I suspect that he will fill it out quite nicely when he get's his body back. For now he is ghetto winter boy and needs the wither pad. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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Perfect Pony
Jan. 5, 2004, 11:21 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by W975:
Kali: I think that is the same saddle as Good Booie's but a bit darker as it is broken in some. It sounds like a good thing, over there, actually. You might consider the starting bid & see how it goes from there, JMO<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I have been thinking of it, but I really don't think my butt is a 16.5 anymore! LOL! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Dan the Man
http://community.webshots.com/user/kalitude

Nickelodian
Jan. 5, 2004, 11:36 AM
That one looks like a spitting image of my saddle.

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Perfect Pony
Jan. 5, 2004, 12:18 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Nickelodian:
That one looks like a spitting image of my saddle.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
THANK YOU! I could swear that the saddle is a different color on the seat and flaps thank the one good booie has. Is that the "weird" leather you are referring to?

Dan the Man
http://community.webshots.com/user/kalitude

Nickelodian
Jan. 5, 2004, 12:22 PM
My saddle is the waxy oil repelant leather on the seat and knee rolls. So yes I would think they would have the same type of leather on them. Which reminds me I need to call crump! Off to call them!

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Perfect Pony
Jan. 23, 2004, 07:16 AM
Any Zaldi ride updates??

I found one and can have it right now! Do I dare? I really need a deeper/more secure schooling saddle for my greenie, and the price is right!

Thanks!

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"Dan the Man" (http://community.webshots.com/user/kalitude)
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LBlue
Jan. 23, 2004, 07:20 AM
Do you guys know of a place that will take a trade-in on a new Zaldi? I have a couple dressage saddles laying around that i dont need, and would be interested in using one of them towards a trade.

Thanks

Nickelodian
Jan. 23, 2004, 07:24 AM
Apparently the sales guy who knows info about zaldi will be at markets until the end of jan. I'm going to call in feb.

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Perfect Pony
Jan. 23, 2004, 07:55 AM
Thanks Nikelodian,
I think this saddle is more like yours, it'd definitely lighter than good booies, but hell, it's cheap and I can have it now and I just need a saddle to at least school in. I know how much you like yours...I guess I'll just go for it and hope for the best.

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"Dan the Man" (http://community.webshots.com/user/kalitude)
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good booie
Jan. 23, 2004, 08:25 AM
Zaldi Update

I love this saddle more and more!!! It is such a rich nut color. I have rolled it twice with Effax Lederbalsam and it looks fantastic. For those of you on the fence, Go For It!!! Heck, if you don't like it, I have a feeling it won't be hard to unload. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif EVERY time someone sees it they say the same thing "Wow, WHAT a beautiful saddle"!! oh, and since I have had it, my very fussy horse has stopped his tail swishing.

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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sonomacounty
Jan. 23, 2004, 09:01 AM
Hi G.B.:

I might have access to a 31 (reg. tree) but am afraid it might still be a bit wide, as I believe a 29 cm tree is the norm.

The horses I ride are variable, so really want a normal tree.

Confused.

* lost tb *

DancingPretense
Jan. 23, 2004, 09:19 AM
Well I bought mine and it is in the mail. I will post an update and pictures when it comes in!

http://community.webshots.com/user/ridenyc

nycjumper
Jan. 23, 2004, 09:21 AM
What is the difference btwn Zaldi & Andean Exports? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif Is one better than the other?
I see them both on ebay...

good booie
Jan. 23, 2004, 09:28 AM
They are made in two different countries http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif I am confused..

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nycjumper
Jan. 23, 2004, 09:36 AM
Just wondering as they're both so insanely cheap if one is better quality than the other?

Perfect Pony
Jan. 23, 2004, 10:06 AM
Well, this whole saddle confuses me too! I have uploaded pictures of the saddle coming to me, it doesn't really look like the pictures I have seen on any site, or in any other pictures to date! Hopefully I will love it as much as everyone else does.

fyi, it might take a few minutes for the pics to show up, they are in a Zaldi folder in my webshots.

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good booie
Jan. 23, 2004, 10:10 AM
Hey Kali, did you check my webshot folder??? I have two pics of my Star on there.

Love my Quarter Horse!

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Nickelodian
Jan. 23, 2004, 10:15 AM
Zaldi is a Saddle made in spain with french leather by the Zaldi company. Just b/c you can find them inexpensive doesn't make it the same saddle as an andean export. Andeans are made in argentina with agentinian leather.

As far as quality comparison I can't say b/c I've never seen an Andean saddle, but I know I've seen Zaldis that are as nice as Butets. And I know I've seen some really crappy Argentine saddles.

Zaldis can be found for b/w 700-1200 depending on where you buy, or on ebay for cheaper (as goes everything on ebay).

Kali -- According to the Zaldi website the saddle comes in four colors: Negro, marrón, tostada, habana

I just bet that yours is one of the browns listed. Although it looks nothing like my saddle (mine is very dark reddish) or like good booies (whose was lighter in the beginning). I think it will probably oil to a beautiful color.

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RioTex
Jan. 23, 2004, 12:22 PM
I will be happy to report on my new, used Zaldi if it ever arrives. It has been making its way back and forth between South Carolina and Texas twice already and is about to begin it's third journey.

I was looking forward to trying it out last Monday, anyone want to hear my UPS #^%&*(()(* story?

Trinity Hill Farm (http://www.trinityhillfarm.com)

Perfect Pony
Jan. 23, 2004, 12:25 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RioTex:
I will be happy to report on my new, used Zaldi if it ever arrives. It has been making its way back and forth between South Carolina and Texas twice already and is about to begin it's third journey.

I was looking forward to trying it out last Monday, anyone want to hear my UPS #^%&*(()(* story?

http://www.trinityhillfarm.com<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Oh my! Did you buy that one off ebay? That saddle looed really nice, I just don't think my butt is a 16.5! I am told it's better to go a bit bigger with a deeper seat also, so I ordered the 17, so you missed a bidding war, lol! Congrats on the new saddle!

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RioTex
Jan. 23, 2004, 01:13 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Oh my! Did you buy that one off ebay? That saddle looed really nice, I just don't think my butt is a 16.5! I am told it's better to go a bit bigger with a deeper seat also, so I ordered the 17, so you missed a bidding war, lol! Congrats on the new saddle!~~~~~~~~~<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Oh, mine is not either, but it used to be, maybe that one way to get there again. Buy a saddle I love and have to fit into it. My rationale, it is a second saddle for me and the price was right. The headache from UPS on the other hand...

It should be here (again) on Tuesday.

Trinity Hill Farm (http://www.trinityhillfarm.com)

sonomacounty
Jan. 24, 2004, 10:33 AM
I ordered one !! I ordered one !! I ordered one !! I ordered one !! I ordered one !!

I ordered one !! Happy Present to me. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

* lost tb *

[This message was edited by W975 on Jan. 25, 2004 at 12:14 AM.]

good booie
Jan. 25, 2004, 05:38 AM
WhooHoo!!!! Congratulations to you http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

Who did you get it from??? Deb?? Last time spoke to her she had four people on a wait list for Zaldi's. I can't wait to see pictures of it.

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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dressager
Jan. 25, 2004, 05:46 AM
I know a few people who have them- all love them (dressage saddle)... I rode in it once, personally didn't like it and didn't like the leather. However, it has been a very affordable option (they get them directly from Spain) that they like for my friends.

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You don't throw a whole life away just because its a little banged up - Tom Smith

sonomacounty
Jan. 25, 2004, 07:39 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by good booie:
WhooHoo!!!! Congratulations to you http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

Who did you get it from??? Deb?? I can't wait to see pictures of it.&gt;&gt;


Thanks G.B. And thanks so very much for your help with everything !

Yes, it's from Deb. It was a situation that COULD NOT be beat. Pics - she sent me some of it - it is Exactly like yours. It's in Chestnut, although I wanted the Dark London (dark brown w. no red in it) but it's the sizes I wanted (17/31),so figured I'd better go with it.

I've had a flat, flat, no knee rolls Harry Dabbs for the past 10 years & it is quite dear to my heart, but wanted to update a little.

Now I'll have two red saddles, as my Harry Dabbs is chestnut but I had found it on sale, so got it.

* lost tb *

Perfect Pony
Jan. 25, 2004, 07:44 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by W975:
Yes, it's from Deb. It was a situation that COULD NOT be beat. Pics - she sent me some of it - it is Exactly like yours. It's in Chestnut, although I wanted the Dark London (dark brown w. no red in it) but it's the sizes I wanted (17/31),so figured I'd better go with it.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Oh wow, I think we are getting the exact same saddle. Does it look like the pictures in my webshots album?? I have been waiting for a saddle from her, and she said she was sent 2 17/31s this past week. Small world.

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sonomacounty
Jan. 25, 2004, 07:48 AM
Kali:

Oh, yes. It is.

She said the other one is for a girl in Calif.

* lost tb *

wanderlust
Jan. 25, 2004, 09:27 AM
Who is Deb and how can I contact her?

~formerly Master Tally~

Perfect Pony
Jan. 25, 2004, 09:37 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by wanderlust:
Who is Deb and how can I contact her?

~_formerly Master Tally_~<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
check your PTs http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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"Dan the Man" (http://community.webshots.com/user/kalitude)
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wanderlust
Jan. 25, 2004, 12:50 PM
thanks Kali. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

~formerly Master Tally~

DancingPretense
Jan. 25, 2004, 01:27 PM
Got mine yesterday. It is beautiful. Now just have to see if it fits horse and me well enough. THe color is beautiful not to light at all and with some oil it will be stunning. The leather is buttry soft. Will try and get some pictures.

http://community.webshots.com/user/ridenyc

RioTex
Jan. 31, 2004, 04:47 PM
OK, so I've ridden in the new used saddle twice now and love it. It is a little small for me, but not something I can't deal with for now.

I have had a lot of trouble with my lower leg swinging back and this saddle put me in a much better place to prevent that. It is comfortable and the lether is nice.

I would consider purchasing one in my real size if I continue to enjoy this one like I think I will.

Good luck to those who are considering them.

Trinity Hill Farm (http://www.trinityhillfarm.com)

Perfect Pony
Jan. 31, 2004, 05:18 PM
Thanks for the reports. I just got my tracking # today so mine is on the way! Hopefully mine fits me and my horse. I'm so excited, a new saddle!!

"Dan the Man" (http://community.webshots.com/user/kalitude)

Nickelodian
Jan. 31, 2004, 08:37 PM
So, Rio what kind of leather is it...when you scratch your nail on the seat does it leave a mark? Just wondering if mine is the only bizarre saddle out there that does this.

I'm telling you out of all the saddles I've ridden in this is the one that MOST feels like a Butet.

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RioTex
Feb. 1, 2004, 05:39 AM
Yep, you can scratch the leather and leave a mark. I am guessing it was chestnut to begin with, but someone took good care of it and it has properly darkened.

I can't recall what the Butet feels like, back when I was shopping for the last one, I refused to sit in them as there was no way I could afford one. Kenny sold me the Warin Fils and I would say it was a close match in comfort. Holly (then Crozier) had a customer that was bringing them over from France and they ended up with one that no one wanted.

Last year a catch rider used a Butet on one of mine and his back was so, so sore, I never bothered to look at them again. I ride too many different horses to risk having a saddle that seems to be known for not fitting everyone.

Trinity Hill Farm (http://www.trinityhillfarm.com)

sonomacounty
Feb. 4, 2004, 03:43 PM
Well, it's here.

Fortunately the chestnut color is not as red as it appeared in some pics. It's a med. brown w. a little red in it. The quality on the leather is Beautiful. The seat is soft squishy & so are the knee rolls. As for the leather on the saddle being the "soft" type some spoke of, I don't know if it is. But, it doesn't appear to have a coating (you know how sometimes some of them have a somewhat plasticy sort of top coat). The stitching is nice. I adore the small knee & thigh blocks under the flaps - just the right size. Twist appears a bit wider than my cc Harry Dabbs. Altogether, for the money - quite nice.

So, IS this what you call the softer leather?

Will try it on Sweetie tommorow & report further.

Q: Did yours come with a blank name plate already on the cantle? I'm not psyched about that as it's not a really nice nameplate & I don't do nameplates. But, there it is.

* lost tb *

Perfect Pony
Feb. 4, 2004, 04:25 PM
I just tracked mine, it wont be here until Monday http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif I was hoping to have it by the weekend. At this point (and price) I'm not too worried about the leather, all I care is that it fits me and my horse!

"Dan the Man" (http://community.webshots.com/user/kalitude)

jump_it29
Feb. 4, 2004, 07:22 PM
I'm looking at saddles to get sometime in April, for my birthday, and I really wanna try a Zaldi!

For a recap please, can someone tell me:
1. the best place to order online
2. colors available (not a big deal to me tho)
3. how it is with positioning. I dont want anything to pitch me forward!


Thanx so much!!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

~JuMp iT29~
(i love blu)

sonomacounty
Feb. 5, 2004, 09:19 AM
Kali: Well, it's travelling to you from the East coast to the beautiful West coast, so that's why it's going to take longer, right? (How I LOVE where you live.)

Jump It 29: Colors are chestnut (as I described above), Dark London (a darkish brown - the color I really wanted) & Newmarket (light-ish - yick).

Just took it for a spin ! It certainly will work for longer legged riders !! I am quite long & my knee is quite well positioned & flap goes down far enough. A little bit of a deeper seat, which is lovely. (This is just what I wanted as I tend to tip forwards sometimes.) Fit the horse well (medium width Quarter Horse) with decent pommel clearance.

I do think, perhaps, I should have gone with the 16 1/2. The 17 is not too big, but I like a snug-ish sort of seat. Trouble is I have a 16 butt & at least 17 legs (in length). It's a bit slippery, but no kidding - it's new.

Good Boy & Nick (& all): Did yours come with a funny little name plate that they tacked on too low? Also, what is with the too snug of stirrup leather keepers?

* lost tb *

sonomacounty
Feb. 5, 2004, 09:23 AM
To those of you who have them & say the leather is buttery soft - do you mean the flap leather too ???

My seat & outer knee rolls are buttery soft, but the skirt & flap are the normal consistency.

* lost tb *

SillyHorse
Feb. 5, 2004, 10:08 AM
There are a few for sale on eBay right now.

SillyHorse
~ You can do anything if you want it bad enough. That is why we see so many people who can fly. ~

texana07
Feb. 5, 2004, 10:21 AM
W975 - yeah, my whole saddle is the really really buttery french leather, even the flaps. I can scratch it w/ my jeans button dismounting or easily with a nail. I've even scratched it with the rein buckle before too. What you're describing maybe sounds more like Nickelodians(?).

I'm hopeful that once Zaldi gets more popular in the US, to the point where the demand for them here justifies the company investing a little more in American marketing/translation, this whole leather question will be resolved. I always end up at a dead end when I try to get the story straight, but either way I think we've established that there are multiple leather types being presented by dealers in exactly the same way. Knowing what you're buying therfore is completely dependent on first hand experience w/ the saddle from a given dealer, or buying it sight on scene, which would make me wary of buying one on ebay. Even still, it's a really nice saddle either way and if you're really looking for a deal ebay might be worth the chance.

I'll try to get some pics up of it but my camera isn't working correctly so we'll see.

texana07
Feb. 5, 2004, 10:31 AM
jump_it29 - I bought mine from Red Dot Horse Equipment, at www.stuff4horsesonline.com (http://www.stuff4horsesonline.com) and had a really nice experience with them. They've raised their prices on Zaldis, so they're not the cheapest available online, but mine IS the fine french leather and I didn't have to worry about getting it or not (I also considered buying direct from Spain form a dealer I found at www.thetackguide.com (http://www.thetackguide.com) but International shipping brought the price to within $100 of the Red Dot price and I was afraid something would go amiss in translation.) I bought the Chestnut (dark) and was shocked to see how light is came out of the box; I believe it to be the saddle Red Dot has pictured in their Star Ad (I had bought Dark Havanna everything to go w/ it). However, it darkened immensly w/ oiling and is now the most gorgeous Dark Havanna, with a little red in it. I'd almost describe it as Dr. Pepper in color. Like I said, I'm going to try and get pictures up but I'm having trouble with my camera. If you don't want a really dark saddle DEFINATELY buy the light.

Perfect Pony
Feb. 5, 2004, 10:33 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by W975:
Just took it for a spin ! It certainly will work for longer legged riders !! I am quite long & my knee is quite well positioned & flap goes down far enough.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
That's exactly what I don't want to hear, but I've heard it before http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif How tall are you? I am 5'6" but have the legs of someone 5'3", a short legged 5'3" at that! (well short from hip to knee). I just couldn't resist the price since my horse isn't even 3 yet. I would hate to buy a nice custom saddle to only have it not fit him a year from now.

The suspense is kiling me - I wish I would have paid her extra for 2 day shipping!

"Dan the Man" (http://community.webshots.com/user/kalitude)

RioTex
Feb. 5, 2004, 11:47 AM
Kali, I'm 5'6" and have never had long legs. They are especially short right now as they are much larger around than normal. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Anyway, I thought the flap was much shorter than I am used to and took a bit of getting used to, but the saddle put me in such a great place, I will live with the flap length for now.

Trinity Hill Farm (http://www.trinityhillfarm.com)

Nickelodian
Feb. 5, 2004, 01:50 PM
Actually mine is not buttery soft anywhere...the knees and seat are coated "plasticy" and the rest is a normal feeling leather...somewhat like the butet, but smooth.

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sonomacounty
Feb. 5, 2004, 03:15 PM
Kali: [QUOTE] That's exactly what I don't want to hear, but I've heard it before http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif&gt;

No, hang on. It may work out quite well for you, too. I suspect it will. It's not necessarily a long flap.

&lt;How tall are you?&gt;

5 ' 7" but with the legs of a 5 ' 11" person. Most instructors I've had, at one point, have all said, "Geez, those are long." Also, Kali, for what the price was - I don't think you'll regret it. The quality is quite nice & I bet it will fit you fine. I think the company just has designed it to accomodate many types, perhaps (?)

Texana: Was yours a bit slippery when new ?? Mine does not have any of the plasticy coating that Nicks does (in certain areas). I wish I had the leather yours does. Maybe you could get us a photo or two http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif of it & we could try to figure out the leather issue a bit more from that.

I don't know what Butet leather is like. (No one I ride with or know has that much $$.) Is it something at all like car seat leather? (hope I didn't make a fool out of myself with that one). I know the leather on the Crosby California, which is fairly soft. Is it like that?

Who knows what the deal with the leather is. Maybe they are experimenting or maybe they go with the kind of leather that they can get?

Anyway, I'm still happy.

But, can you all PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE answer this - Did yours come with a name plate on the cantle? I'm trying to fit that answer in with their uniformity of making these.

Thanks so much.

* lost tb *

[This message was edited by W975 on Feb. 05, 2004 at 07:04 PM.]

Nickelodian
Feb. 5, 2004, 04:16 PM
Mine came with a name plate....threw it away when I got my "real" one.

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sonomacounty
Feb. 5, 2004, 04:19 PM
Thanks Nick.

* lost tb *

good booie
Feb. 5, 2004, 04:29 PM
I also have the plate on the back of my saddle. I will eventually get a *real* one put on. Glad to hear everyone likes there saddles so far. I am in the process of breaking mine in and might be able to do so if the stupid weather starts to act nice http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif. As far as the twist, I LOVE a narrow twist but unfortunately I have a wide horse and a wide tree.

Love my Quarter Horse!

Proud member of Team Barefoot!
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http://community.webshots.com/user/huntjumpga

texana07
Feb. 5, 2004, 04:29 PM
Mine came w/ a nameplate too, as did the 15+ other Zaldis I know like mine.

Perfect Pony
Feb. 9, 2004, 11:13 AM
OK, I just have to bump this thread and say that I am sitting here at home surfing COTH madly while waiting for my saddle to be delivered, I even took the day off wor so I could take it to the barn! It's warm and sunny and just a fantastic day here in Nor Cal and where oh where is that damn UPS man?!?!

"Dan the Man" (http://community.webshots.com/user/kalitude)

Perfect Pony
Feb. 9, 2004, 12:45 PM
OK it's here and I am off to the barn! These saddles are a trip, I don't think any of them are alike!

Mine isn't buttery soft anywhere except the seat and knee rolls, and the leather is all 'bridle leather' (smooth leather, which I typically do not like, very slippery!). The saddle is good looking though, I will post pics and a report afetr I see if this thing fits my horse, it's a lot narrower than I thought it would be given the 31 cm tree size.

"Dan the Man" (http://community.webshots.com/user/kalitude)

sonomacounty
Feb. 9, 2004, 05:22 PM
Kali:

[QUOTE]Mine isn't buttery soft anywhere except the seat and knee rolls, and the leather is all 'bridle leather'&gt;

Same here !

&lt;&lt;(smooth leather, which I typically do not like, very slippery!).&gt;&gt;

I think smooth is prettier, but agree on the slippery.

&lt;it's a lot narrower than I thought it would be given the 31 cm tree size.&gt;

Agreed. It looks & behaves as a very normal width.

Congrats. Tell us more when you can.

* lost tb *

Perfect Pony
Feb. 9, 2004, 05:46 PM
OK, I rode in it today, unfortunately I didn't have time for pics as I had a million things to do at the barn.

1. HATE the leather on the skirts, I tried to wash it and the water beaded, I don't even know if I will even be able to oil it. I almost want to find something to strip it with, then oil it. The leather on the seat and knee rolls is really soft and nice, although the seat stitching doesn't look as if it will hold up that well with the leather being so soft.

2. The 31 cm regular tree is too narrow for my coming 3 year old fairly normal TB? The verdict is out on whether it will work, but I really wish now that I bought a 32 cm http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif But..looking at the pics of good booies, her tree looks so WIDE! Also, her saddle looks nothing like mine as far as the leather is conserned.

3. Riding in it I absolutely LOVE the feel of the saddle, I just really wish the flaps weren't so slippery. I raised my stirrups fairly short so my knee was well on the padded flap, and I was wearing full chaps, so that helped.

The verdict is still out, but what I wouldn't give right now for a wide tree model in the mysterious buttery soft fine french leather http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

"Dan the Man" (http://community.webshots.com/user/kalitude)

Nickelodian
Feb. 9, 2004, 05:58 PM
Kali -- They are all "bridle" leather (smooth). Try giving the saddle a heafty layer of oil and really working the flaps back and forth. My horse is a very WIDE tb..and the regular tree fits him fine.

Where did you get yours from?

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Perfect Pony
Feb. 9, 2004, 06:41 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Nickelodian:
Kali -- They are all "bridle" leather (smooth). Try giving the saddle a heafty layer of oil and really working the flaps back and forth. My horse is a very WIDE tb..and the regular tree fits him fine.

Where did you get yours from?

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Well that is good to know, I could have sworn good booies wasn't bridle leather? Oh well. I am really going to give it a work out with some leather products when I go to the barn on Thursday. I did LOVE the feel of the saddle, how nice to have a comfortable deep seat (for me this is deep, my 20th century is flat as a pancake). I could imagine taking a 100 mile trail ride in the saddle and being in ultra comfort.

I hope it's just the newness that makes it seem narrow, it didn't really seem to pinch, just seemed to sit a bit high over his whithers. I have also never had foam panels before, they are kinda weird.

I promise to take detailed pics and a post oil update.
BTW I got mine from Deb the Zaldi woman.

"Dan the Man" (http://community.webshots.com/user/kalitude)

good booie
Feb. 10, 2004, 09:08 AM
Hello All !!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I agree with Nick, roll the leather. I am having good progress with the Effax Lederbalsam. I have used it three times so far and the saddle looks better every time. I can't wait til this saddle breaks in, it will be a dream. I do have the 32cm and it is pretty wide, but that is what I needed. And yes, mine is the bridle leather. I will take some more pic's this weekend to show you all the progression of the breaking in process and the color changes.

Kali, Deb might exchange it for a 32cm. You never know.

Love my Quarter Horse!!!
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Perfect Pony
Feb. 12, 2004, 07:54 AM
Any of you mind [posting your measurement of the gullet opening from the front? How wide is the wide? Is mine narrower than normal? Maybe measure in between the two puffs (you know what I am talking about right? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Mine just seems really really narrow.

I oiled it some last night, I have to say I am really disspointed in some of the workmanship, the underneath flap isn't even sewn completely across. Did I get a crap Zaldi, or are they just kinda cheap in some ways? I am going to take pictures out at the barn today, and ride in it again.

"Dan the Man" (http://community.webshots.com/user/kalitude)

good booie
Feb. 12, 2004, 09:38 AM
Kali,

Try to keep in perspective what you paid for the saddle http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Love my Quarter Horse!!!
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Nickelodian
Feb. 12, 2004, 09:44 AM
Mine has the best of workmanship on it....no bad stitching and very comfy.

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good booie
Feb. 12, 2004, 09:48 AM
Agreed with Nickelodian!!! Kali, why don't you post some pics when you can so we can all analize it http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Love my Quarter Horse!!!
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Perfect Pony
Feb. 12, 2004, 01:37 PM
OK OK! I know it was cheap, I was just suprised to see that the underflap wasn't completely sewn across. The stiching on the saddle and flaps are nice. I guess I was just expecting a miracle saddle, but you can see where the cheaped out a little.

I rode in it again today, and again I really like riding in it a lot, it is serving it's purpose. Dan was really really good today, so the saddle isn't bothering him at all. It is much better to ride in with a couple coats of oil on it, no squeeks today http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I also felt more secure. If wanderlust comes out to check it out I will try to get some riding pics, I just don't have anyone to take the pictures.

Anyway, I took some more pictures of it, just click below on Dan the Man!

"Dan the Man" (http://community.webshots.com/user/kalitude)

[This message was edited by Kali on Feb. 12, 2004 at 05:03 PM.]

Dapple Grey
Feb. 12, 2004, 01:56 PM
Kali - Nice weather, that makes me jealous. I definitely live in the wrong country (Canada). The Zaldis look really nice. I'ven ever seen one that wasn't 20 years old.

wanderlust
Feb. 12, 2004, 02:55 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Dapple Grey:
Kali - Nice weather, that makes me jealous. I definitely live in the wrong country (Canada).<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Its 69 degrees out right now. Great riding weather!

Kali, check your PTs in a few minutes.

~formerly Master Tally~

Nickelodian
Feb. 13, 2004, 07:54 AM
Kali, I looked at your pictures, and your leather does look different than good booie's..slicker if thats a word. I didnt' see any problems with the stitching though...did you take pictures of that?

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wanderlust
Feb. 23, 2004, 09:44 AM
Okay kids, I ordered one... a 17.5 31cm to fit my very long leg. Should be here end of week or early next week, yay! If I like it, I plan on using it until my new guy muscles up enough for me to feel comfortable ordering a custom. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

~formerly Master Tally~

Perfect Pony
Feb. 23, 2004, 01:02 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by wanderlust:
Okay kids, I ordered one... a 17.5 31cm to fit my very long leg. Should be here end of week or early next week, yay! If I like it, I plan on using it until my new guy muscles up enough for me to feel comfortable ordering a custom. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

~_formerly Master Tally_~<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Wow you did!? Cool. I was about to tell you that you better come see mine soon, Dan is heading back up to Petaluma soon! No real problems with the Man, I just can't find another place I trust to put him in a pasture, he'll be staying next door to Shirley's for a few months this spring/summer.

I really do love riding in my Zaldi. It is rally shiney, but I think as I keep scrubbing and oiling that will change, the leather is already breaking in. I still haven't gotten a pic of the underside where it isn't sewn completely - this looks on purpose though.

As for riding in it, boy is it the ultimate in comfort, I wish I had someone to take a pic of me in it. I don't have the feeling of a bunch of flap in front of my leg like I usually do, it feels really balanced and secure with my green bean. It still might be a little narrow (?) not sure, as it doesn't pinch and doesn't seem to bother him at all. First chance I get I'll take some riding pics. All in all, a super deal for the price!

"Dan the Man" (http://community.webshots.com/user/kalitude)

wanderlust
Feb. 23, 2004, 01:19 PM
Oh, glad you are going to turn him out. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif Are you going to go play with him on weekends? Behr will be up there for a few weeks in mid-April for jumping boot-camp.

I think your Zaldi may seem narrow because he doesn't have any withers to fill it in yet. Had the same problem with the mare- everything looked to narrow, but really wasn't, she just hadn't popped withers yet.

Looking forward to trying it and having something I won't worry about getting wet. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

~formerly Master Tally~

Mountaineer
Nov. 15, 2004, 01:05 PM
Instead of starting a brand new thread, I thought I would try to revive this one...since I am looking to buy a Zaldi saddle.

Basically, i'm wondering how they fit long legged riders?I'm 5'10" with a long inseam...do you think the flaps will fit? Is it possible to get them in long flap lengths? Also, What is the difference between the Bentley and the Star?

Also, I don't have my own horse but ride various different horses. Is there a particular tree width that fits a greater variety of horses (ie 31 or 32?).

Thanks in advance for the help http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Slightly Dangerous
Dec. 4, 2004, 05:59 PM
I just bought a NEW Zaldi Kent dressage saddle on ebay for $625! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif Couldn't believe the deal. I will update you on how it is, I'm very excited to get it. I did quite a bit of research and found that this is a lot of saddle for the money. I know it's not a jump saddle, but thought you might like to know how the dresage version is as well.

jump_it29
Dec. 4, 2004, 06:48 PM
Mountaineer--

There is a "newer" Zaldi Star saddle out right now, which I have. From what I've heard and seen, the newer ones have a slightly longer flap (someone pointed that out before, saying she switched her newer Zaldi for an older b/c of the flap difference or something). I think the flap should fit you just fine.

The only difference that I know of between the Star and Bentley is that the star has a calf block.

As for tree width, I have a 32cm which fits my half-draft mare wonderfully (she has a warmblood build, not too wide), and also fits fat and thinner ponies, and shark-fin Thoroughbreds. Sometimes I need a pad, but generally my saddle fits all the horses I've tried it on well.

Where do you plan on buying yours from?

lacybars
Oct. 1, 2005, 12:34 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The only difference that I know of between the Star and Bentley is that the star has a calf block. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sorry, but Jo is right, no advertising is allowed here. SoEasy

Jo
Oct. 2, 2005, 06:05 AM
Hi Lacybars,

You look new to COTH so I wanted to give you the head's up that advertising is not allowed on the COTH boards. If you want to place an ad for your saddle, we do have several classifieds forums. You might want to edit your post before it is removed. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Welcome to COTH! Good luck with your saddle.