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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozalynda View Post
    I am eyeing one for sale online. A patriot with a "panel system 3". Anyone know what a panel system 3 is and if that is good or bad?

    Cheers, Lisa
    The way that panel system 3 was explained to me is that the panels are shorter and do not extend so far in front of and behind the seat of the saddle. Last time I spoke to the company, they were trying to get me to "upgrade" to system 3. Supposedly system 3 fit more types of horses....

    But these may be the newer models that put the rider higher off the horse's back.
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    Default Panel System Info Online

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozalynda View Post
    I am eyeing one for sale online. A patriot with a "panel system 3". Anyone know what a panel system 3 is and if that is good or bad?

    Cheers, Lisa
    I found this. Scroll down to "Patented Ortho-Flex Panel Systems."

    http://www.tbark.com/Orthoflex%20Seat%20Sizing.htm

    You can also go here--

    http://www.tbark.com/Orthoflex%20Seat%20Sizing.htm

    --and scroll down to the bottom of the page, where there's a Customer Service link for e-mail. I've gotten quick response by e-mailing them.

    Hope this helps!



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    Ortho-Flex system 3 is an improved flex . The Duralon Panel have finger cuts.
    Go to Ortho Flex website choose Sizing-Horse and People to view the panel engineering. Bob



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    Default Old Ortho Flex S290

    I just bought a used Ortho FLex S290. I also just found out that this is a saddle from the old company and all the records were destroyed in 2001. Does anyone know how I can find out more about this saddle? It's a stitchdown english type and is in excellent condition. I have used it a couple of times and it is very comfortable for me and seems to fix my horse (TWH) well. I like the saddle regardless, just hoping for a little history.



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    Quote Originally Posted by tnales View Post
    I just bought a used Ortho FLex S290. I also just found out that this is a saddle from the old company and all the records were destroyed in 2001. Does anyone know how I can find out more about this saddle? It's a stitchdown english type and is in excellent condition. I have used it a couple of times and it is very comfortable for me and seems to fix my horse (TWH) well. I like the saddle regardless, just hoping for a little history.
    You might find something here--

    http://www.ortho-flex.com/

    --or try the tbark link I posted previously in this thread. I got some good feedback from Ortho-Flex when I e-mailed them.



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    Thanks for this links. I had already tried the ortho flex website. After your email I also tries the tbark one and got the same reply. Oh well, I guess it will remain a mystery. All that matters is that it is comfortable for me and the horse.



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    I'm sorry you haven't been able to get the replies you wanted.
    I'm glad you and your horse like the saddle, though!



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    Quote Originally Posted by tnales View Post
    I just bought a used Ortho FLex S290. I also just found out that this is a saddle from the old company and all the records were destroyed in 2001. Does anyone know how I can find out more about this saddle? It's a stitchdown english type and is in excellent condition. I have used it a couple of times and it is very comfortable for me and seems to fix my horse (TWH) well. I like the saddle regardless, just hoping for a little history.
    What kind of history do you want? I have a Stitchdown, bought new during the original company incarnation. Great saddle!
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    dragging this thread up from years ago because i am trying an english orthoflex next week and am very hopeful it will suit at least one my horses.
    it's older and looks sort of like a jumping or all purpose saddle, but with dressage length billets.
    no name or model number as far as i can see in the photos.
    any ideas which it could be?
    tia, i'll be sure to report back if it fits or doesn't for some reason.



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    Quote Originally Posted by suz View Post
    dragging this thread up from years ago because i am trying an english orthoflex next week and am very hopeful it will suit at least one my horses.
    it's older and looks sort of like a jumping or all purpose saddle, but with dressage length billets.
    no name or model number as far as i can see in the photos.
    any ideas which it could be?
    tia, i'll be sure to report back if it fits or doesn't for some reason.
    Hi Suz,
    It might be an Exmoor. Do you have photos of it? I have an Exmoor, which is an A/P type saddle, sort of like a Stubben VSD. It has drop billets like a dressage saddle, done in such a way that they are very easily replace.
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    That might be the Feather. I was looking at one but it turned out to have a 17" seat, and I really need an 18" seat. Fit my horse very well. lol I'm still considering it just in case I lose weight. It really is a good saddle. Hope it works for you.


    Quote Originally Posted by suz View Post
    dragging this thread up from years ago because i am trying an english orthoflex next week and am very hopeful it will suit at least one my horses.
    it's older and looks sort of like a jumping or all purpose saddle, but with dressage length billets.
    no name or model number as far as i can see in the photos.
    any ideas which it could be?
    tia, i'll be sure to report back if it fits or doesn't for some reason.



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    Several years ago, an old guy that works the trash/recycling station called me to ask if I wanted a saddle that two women had thrown away. They said they hated the saddle. I went to take a look. It was an ortho-flex ( P290 maybe?) It looked like a deep- seated dressage type saddle in great condition. So I gave him $25 for it. I loved how that saddle felt but it came no where close to fitting my belgian.

    I sold it for more than $25 but the woman who bought it seemed to feel that she got a good deal.

    She said she loved these saddles, (competetive trail on a gaited horse), but she has those panel deals removed. She has a saddle maker take them off and re-line the bottom of the saddle.



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