The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct. 30, 2004
    Location
    Pine Top side of Atlanta, GA
    Posts
    4,961

    Default Albion SLK Ultima - plusses and minuses

    I rode in one yesterday, on my VERY difficult to fit OTTB and he was very happy...for me AND FEI rider/trainer. I was surprised at how level the saddle sat on his very not level back (rises out of his wither toward the croup - not drastic, but does rise...).

    Have been thinking that a custom would be the only way I could get a dressage saddle for this horse...retired horse ALWAYS went in Albions for both XC and dressage, but he isn't TB (DWB/appendix QH).

    Thoughts on Albions...thanks!
    ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun. 4, 2008
    Location
    Greenwood, IN
    Posts
    24

    Default Albions Are Awesome

    I bought an Albion SLK Ultima back at the beginning of June. I absolutely love it. It really helps me stick with my horses movement and allows my leg to drape beautifully. I highly recommend it!!



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul. 19, 2001
    Posts
    8,542

    Default

    If it works for you and the horse, whatever the brand, it is excellent,

    Haven't tried the Ultima but I have an older Albion SLK that works very well for one horse and for me. They are nice saddles (provided they fit-as with any saddle)



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb. 13, 2009
    Posts
    776

    Default

    I've tried a to nof saddles. I have an albion slk ultium for my gelding. I think its a great saddle. I really think they fit the horses really well. I think it puts the rider in the correct position. I have heard it is best for long legs.

    I ride my mare in a schlesse link. the schlesse is better padded in the seat



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul. 19, 2001
    Posts
    8,542

    Default

    the schlesse is better padded in the seat
    I rode in a Stubben Schultheis for years so the Albion seems like ultra cushy luxury to me by comparison!



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun. 7, 2006
    Posts
    8,581

    Default

    I got one used this summer and I absolutely love it.
    It sits like a dream.


    I am trying to think of a minus but can't.

    I have the standard lowrise tree.
    The horses I use it on all have relatively flat backs and not a big difference between shoulder-size and behind the shoulder (though Albion also has trees that accomodate that if a horse has a deeper 'pocket' or higher wither).
    One of my three is narrower than the others so he goes with a pro-lite pad as well.

    Btw, I find the level of padding quite comfortable but you can order extra if you so desire.



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar. 20, 2007
    Posts
    242

    Default

    Minuses: No fitter in my area

    I've been eyeing this saddle for a while too. Where did you get one to try? The only Albions I've ridden in are jump saddles (both I've loved). The comment you made regarding fit makes me think the saddle may not work for my horse...my horse's back is pretty much flat, after his long sloping withers (slightly uphill build).

    Does it allow freedom of movement on large movers? The dressage saddles I've tried all tend to restrict shoulder movement more than the jumping saddles. I don't think it's a tree width issues per se...maybe the points on the tree are longer on dressage saddles? Though my horse hasn't outright complained, I can feel the edge of his shoulder muscle nudge the saddle ever so slightly...especially when he's really opening up his stride.

    Also, do you have the "high head" or "low head" version? My guy has fairly prominent withers, but not really what i'd call "shark-finned". Are there any negatives to using the 'high head' version on horses that may not necessarily need it? I guess I'm wondering what other aspect of fit is different between high/low head versions...besides the pomel being higher on the high head.



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul. 1, 2009
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Posts
    1,146

    Default

    I have an Albion Ultima GP. It has the same tree and leather as the SLK Ulitma dressage - just more forward/shorter flap. I purchased it new from my local Albion dealer about 1.5 years ago. I love it! It's extremely comfortable - even on 4 hour trail rides. The leather is grippy and really wears well too. It also fits my mutton withered/flat backed QH/Paint mare perfectly. I have the low head option.



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec. 31, 2008
    Location
    Lilburn, GA
    Posts
    91

    Default

    I bought an Albion SLK Ultima for my mare last year after a long saddle search.
    She is very finichy about what you put on her back and she LOVED the saddle. I also love it alot too and feel very secure and comfy riding in it.
    I have even taken it out on the trails for 2+ hour hacks and found it very rideable for such a long time.

    I would say if it fits you and your horse go for it!



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun. 4, 2008
    Location
    Greenwood, IN
    Posts
    24

    Default Albion SLK Ultima

    I bought the Medium tree Low head. I ride a TB with shark fin withers so I use a mattes pad with 1 shim in the front pockets. This saddle allows plenty of freedom in the shoulder. I used Ann Forrest as a saddle fitter. She is not specific to one brand of saddles. She is out of Florida and travels all over to do saddle fitting clinics. She will find out your price range and find a saddle to fit you and your horse. Can't say enough good things about her.



  11. #11
    Join Date
    Oct. 11, 2007
    Location
    Andover, MA
    Posts
    5,523

    Default

    If you like it, go for it!

    I ride in an Albion Style, which I think was the predecessor of the SLK. It's a super-comfortable saddle, and I have a very hard time finding that as I have old injuries that are aggravated by most saddles. I trail ride in it and have even done a few low jumps in it.

    The saddle fitter who was out yesterday recommended that I stick with the Albions when/if I go looking for a jump saddle. She does not work with any particular brand, but she just likes Albions.



Similar Threads

  1. Albion SLK ultima Brentina dressage saddle
    By cowgurl1985 in forum Dressage
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: Jan. 7, 2012, 03:52 PM
  2. Replies: 12
    Last Post: Jan. 30, 2010, 06:45 PM
  3. I want...NEED, and Albion SLK Ultima or Plat!!!
    By BKDressage in forum Dressage
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: Aug. 30, 2009, 01:37 PM
  4. Cleaning Albion Ultima Leather
    By paintlady in forum Horse Care
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: Aug. 12, 2009, 09:53 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •