Does anyone ride in a Sommer Savoie Flextra saddle? I rode in one yesterday and my horse moved better than ever. I also liked the way I felt in it. Has anyone had good or bad experiences with this saddle? Does anyone know other saddles similar to this one? Thanks!
I haven't tried any of the newer Sommer saddles, but I bought a Sommer monoflap back in 1980 and have never found a saddle that rides so well.
I could actually get my leg all the way back under my hip and the balance of the tree was exceptional. It has a very narrow twist and is a very light saddle, so all of the action through my back was immediately felt by my horse and the responsiveness I could get made the whole activity like becoming a Centaur.
I recently tried one and really liked it. It helped to keep my leg in the correct position, and I found it easier to use my seat effectively. I'm considering buying one....I'm interested to hear other's opinions too!
I ride a lot of my horses in Sommer saddles and love them. Many of my clients have bought them, and my trainer rides in them as well. I've never been a proponent of a "this is the only saddle that will work for your horse" mentality, but I have to say, I'm thrilled with the way that my Sommers allow many of my horses much more freedom in their backs and shoulders, and for some horses who always felt a little tight in the ribcage and wither and were a little backed off/behind the leg, these saddles were absolutely life changing for them. They also happen to fit my body conformation really, really well, so I feel that I'm a more effective rider and trainer in them because it's where I'm most comfortable. Beth and Marty (at The Horse of Course) are great people to work with, too. If anyone is thinking of trying them and wants more info about my own experiences, feel free to pm me about it--they are definitely worth checking out! Sorry if I sound like an infomercial, but I do love my saddle, and I've never felt so strongly about any other saddle I've owned/ridden in.
My Sommer isn't the Flextra (I don't have that kind of cash to throw around, either), but I love, love, love my Magnus and so does my mare. I think they're really nice, quality saddles, and if you shop around a little, you don't have to break the bank buying one, either.
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Just wanted to chime in again...I have now ridden in the Flextra and the Espirit (Espirt is a dual flap/cheaper..but still has the flex tree)..and I preferred the Espirit hands down. I hated the knee block on the Flextra and just couldn't find my balance...whereas the Espirit just put me in place.
My mom is petite and she was trying to ride in a Wintec Pro and finding it hard. She just bought a Neirdersuss Symphonie, and it is built overall much smaller- shorter flaps, etc. It's going to be really fun for me to ride in it (NOT!) but it's a great set-up for smaller people!
Plus the leather is like fluffy marshmallows- easily as nice in leather quality as my Schleese.
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I've been riding in a Flextra for two years and I love it just as much now as when I bought it. Being able to adjust it as the horse develops is really a plus (the advantage of a flexible tree). I remember when my (now retired) GP horse was in a County Connection and was told by the saddle fitter that I had to buy a new one because the tree no longer fit him. He was only in the County for four years.
Back in the late 1970s I had a Somer von neindorf and I loved that saddle then (the mono flap, close to the horse feeling). So I guess I am a Somer fan :-)
I have a Sommer Esprit for my TB gelding. I bought it about 5 years ago and love it. The first day I rode him in it, I got several super positive comments about the improvement in his movement. The saddle really freed up his large shoulders and allowed him to bring his back up and float across the arena like a superstar!!! The saddle made him easier to ride because it made him more comfortable, thus happier and more willing.
For myself, I find the Esprit very comfy. I got it on clearance and I think I got the deal of a lifetime.
Ive been riding in my Sommer Savoie Flextra for 2 years now, and absolutley love it!! I went through hell finding a saddle to fit me and my horse, i owned an Albion, Bates, Hennig and tried just about every brand on the market, before sattled with my Sommer I love it, and so does my horse. If you have a chance to try one you definatley should!