Saint Lourdes saddle reviews, or other A/P saddle
Specifically looking at the Modena. I've been scouring used saddle sites for a 17.5 or 18 Wide, and coming up empty. Does anyone own a St. Lourdes, or has anyone at least seen/laid hands on one in person? I've found one on clearance in my size but I haven't ever seen one in person and leather quality is something that can't be determined via photo.
I'm actually looking for a saddle to show an arabian in HUS classes, but I prefer an all purpose because CCs are cut with a more forward flap for jumping, and I like to ride with a longer stirrup on the flat, so an A/P accomodates that better. It's harder for me not to perch in a CC saddle. I had been riding mostly in my dressage saddle over the winter and I found going back to the CC uncomfortable. (Nobody told me that once you go to the dark side, it's hard to go back! :lol: ) I know they don't have the traditional square cantle but my jacket will likely cover that.
So, if you don't like the St. Lourdes or if you don't know anything about that brand, is there another brand you would recommend? I prefer a more minimalist type of saddle. I had an old Crosby Mark VII that I wish I had never parted with. I've also been considering the HDR pro event saddle, and of course I keep checking for used crosby's and collegiates in my size and on my modest budget.