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Crown Royal
Feb. 23, 2012, 06:14 PM
And need advice on some good brands as well as the value of my current one and where to advertise it.

I currently have a 17" wide tree Crosby PDN Lynn Palm with a front block, no padding. I think the flap is short. (this is the exact saddle actually, except in a different size (http://www.saddlesource.com/crosby-lynn-palm-004.html)). I realize they are NOT popular, and everyone hates riding in my saddle because they complain there's "nothing there". :lol: It was a chestnut-ish color, but has darked some with oil. It is in good condition, billets are fine, billet protectors (is that what they're called?) are there, no stitching is loose, but it has a couple scratches and nicks on it. I'm wondering what an appropriate asking price would be and where I should advertise it. I'd prefer to attempt to sell it myself first...has anyone had good success on ebay?

Next, what are some saddle brands/models you would recommend for me? I am hoping to find a nice used saddle for preferably $1000 or under, possibly $1250. I am used to a very flat seat with hardly any padding and am more comfortable with a flatter seat but want knee padding. I am long from hip to knee so would probably need either a forward flap or a long flap. My old trainer had a 17.5" County Stablilizer XTR which I believe has a more forward flap, and that fit my leg better and I really liked that saddle in general, so something similar to that would be great. My horses' go in a medium tree.

Any suggestions?

Wants:
-$1250 & under, used
-Flatter seat
-Knee roll
-At least knee block
-17" or 17.5"
-Medium tree
-Wither clearance for TB's


Here are the options I've narrowed it down to:

Nelson Pessoa- $595 (http://equestrianimports.com/shop/used-saddles/used-nelson-pessoa-ao-jump-saddle/1063.html)

Pessoa Rodrigo- $795 (http://shop.olsonstack.com/16_Pessoa_Rodrigo_Medium_Tree_p/8874.htm)

Pessoa A/O- $850 (http://www.saddlesource.com/cons00001068.html)

Prestige Golden Star- $995 (http://www.equinenow.com/english_saddle-ad-6694)

Prestige Elite- $1000 (http://www.saddlesource.com/1038.html)

Albion Legend- $1095 (http://www.mdtackexchange.com/HJ11.html)

Pessoa Legacy XL- $1095 (http://www.equinenow.com/english_saddle-ad-6400)

Arc de Triomphe Gazelle- $1250 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Arc-de-Triomphe-Gazelle-Hunter-Jumper-saddle-17-1-2-3M-/160741068871?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item256cea1047)

County Stabilizer- $1395 (http://www.equinenow.com/english_saddle-ad-4342)

Stackhouse DGS- $1500 (http://www.saddlesource.com/cons00001001.html)

Jamie2337
Feb. 23, 2012, 10:37 PM
I love the old Nelson Pessoas. Amazing quality and balance. I vote for either 3 of 5!

candysgirl
Feb. 24, 2012, 12:27 AM
Try a different Stubben model. Not all of them have a deep seat like the Roxannes. The Siegfrieds are much flatter and have much less padding to them. I really like them a lot. The Edelweiss is billed as a close contact jumping saddle. I like those as well.

Dewey
Feb. 24, 2012, 12:48 AM
The Siegfried has a deep seat and a big thigh block and knee roll. I don't think the OP would like it. I agree that she might like the Edelweiss, though.

BAC
Feb. 24, 2012, 12:22 PM
I agree with Dewey about the Siegfrieds, don't think it is what the OP is looking for but the Edelweiss is a good option.

Have you considered an Ashland? They are flat and unpadded, lovely quality leather and reasonably priced, you should be able to find a used one in your price range easily.

Pessoa makes a very decent saddle that would fit your budget too. And just noticed you have the Beval LTD on your list, that meets your requirements and I find them comfortable and well balanced.

Have you considered working with Trumbull Mtn.? Everyone seems to find their perfect saddle through them.

ponymom64
Feb. 24, 2012, 01:09 PM
Beval has a Gold Cup, as well as some Pessoa A/O's on their used saddle website right now

http://www.allthebestusedsaddles.com/17usedsaddles.aspx

EdgeBrook
Feb. 24, 2012, 01:17 PM
I have the GenX, I've had it for 7 years, still looks grand new. Fairly comfortable & well made. Didn't oil quite as dark as I would have liked but people think it's a lot more expensive than it was (had someone who had a nona garson prestige want to trade, but honesty got the best of me ;))

Crown Royal
Feb. 24, 2012, 01:49 PM
Thanks guys...every little bit helps! Do you guys like blocks on your saddles? Does it make a huge difference if there is no knee block (my plain flapped saddle has a knee block)?

TheHorseProblem
Feb. 24, 2012, 01:51 PM
Here's another consignment source:

http://www.yoursaddles.com/#/


You have to click on the menu for the type of saddle you are looking for and then there's a drop-down menu for sizes.

Crown Royal
Feb. 24, 2012, 01:59 PM
Here's another consignment source:

http://www.yoursaddles.com/#/


You have to click on the menu for the type of saddle you are looking for and then there's a drop-down menu for sizes.


They have a County Stabilizer! :eek: For around $1400 though...I think my budget might have just gone up. :winkgrin:

Crown Royal
Feb. 24, 2012, 02:03 PM
What about a Stackhouse Merit Jumper...for $850 in VERY good condition?

Second to last saddle (http://www.yoursaddles.com/#/175-i-z/4549802829)

joiedevie99
Feb. 24, 2012, 02:39 PM
Since you asked, Prestiges do not fit like the seat size marked.

16 fits like 16 1/2 or 16 3/4
17 fits like 17 1/2
18 fits like 18 or 18 1/4

Albion, ADT, and Prestiges tend towards more wither clearance.

In my experience, many of the Bevals do not have much wither clearance.

Spud&Saf
Feb. 24, 2012, 02:40 PM
Try taking a look at the Exselle brand of saddles, especially if you're a fan of Crosby and don't like too much saddle.

I sold my Childeric after finally admitting to myself it was too small, and picked up an Exselle for a song. I've had 3 Crosby saddles prior to this one, all of which I liked - and the Exselle is basically the same idea.

You can definitely find one - even new, in your price range.

Edited to add - these saddles generally work for the high-withered crowd.

Crown Royal
Feb. 24, 2012, 02:48 PM
Since you asked, Prestiges do not fit like the seat size marked.

16 fits like 16 1/2 or 16 3/4
17 fits like 17 1/2
18 fits like 18 or 18 1/4

Albion, ADT, and Prestiges tend towards more wither clearance.

In my experience, many of the Bevals do not have much wither clearance.


Thank you! I will delete the Bevals from my list...wither clearance is VERY important to me as pretty much all I ride are OTTB's with high withers. That's one of the other problems with my current saddle, in combination with it being a wide (definitely not suitable for my guys).

TheHorseProblem
Feb. 24, 2012, 02:55 PM
What about a Stackhouse Merit Jumper...for $850 in VERY good condition?

Second to last saddle (http://www.yoursaddles.com/#/175-i-z/4549802829)

That's the one I am looking at because my horse is narrow.:)

There's a yummy-looking Prestige 32cm 17 inch Golden Star.

Hinderella
Feb. 24, 2012, 03:56 PM
If you like your Crosby, perhaps you can find a used Crosby Equilibrium. Some of those have a padded flap, often with a small knee block.

The Stubben Siegfried CS is entirely different from the traditional Siegfried, more in line with your requirements. The seat is fairly flat, there's a padded flap and a small, forward knee block.
Here's one I saw on ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stubben-Siegfried-CS-Jumping-Saddle-17-5-MW-eventer-close-contact-xc-NICE-/110827733832?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19cdd90348

I have the Pessoa Rodrigo XCH (exchangeable gullet plate) and I love it. I had been a collector of various saddles, but since I got the Pessoa, I've sold most of them and bought no more, because I like the Pessoa so well. The seat's not as flat as what you have now, but flat enough for jumping. I've had it on a couple of horses at our barn that have fairly sharp withers, and it's fit them well.

Countys are lovely, but it may be hard to find one, even used, in your price range.

Good luck with your search.

wntrwhte
Feb. 24, 2012, 04:51 PM
Yup...you will pry my Equilibrium from my cold, dead hands.

Plain Jane
Feb. 24, 2012, 05:00 PM
Killington!!! Love the make of the saddle and SUPER comfortable.