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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar. 1, 2009
    East Coast

    Default New Stubben Saddle, How do I break it in?

    OK, this may be a silly question, but here goes.

    I purchased a brand new Stubben Roxane with Delux leather (not from a tack shop) so im not sure who else to ask, but....When I ride in it, should I use a saddle pad or not? I have seen some saddle makers tell first time buyers to use no saddle pad for the first 20+ rides.

    Any input is appreciated, thanks!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct. 3, 2002
    it's not the edge of the earth, but you can see it from here


    Stubben recommends the first 20 or 50 hrs sans pad. It almost killed me to do so, but I followed their recommendation when I got a new (light honey coloured) Stubben jumping saddle...

    I suspect you could accomplish the same with a very thin, cheap baby pad, but am not *entirely* sure.

    They've been doing it SO long I figured I'd just dropped a rather mighty chunk o'change on my beloved dream saddle... I might as well follow their suggestion.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul. 11, 2004


    Yep, no pad (Passier recommends the same technique to break in the saddle).

    In case you're worried, back in the dark ages, when we showed hunters, you didn't use a pad at all, pads were meant to keep saddles clean and not to make up for an ill-fitting piece of tack.
    "Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc"

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug. 25, 2007


    Call Stubben on Monday and ask them. They are nice folks and will give you the information you need.


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul. 20, 2003
    Back in the 9A


    When I bought my Stubben, my tack store owner (extremely knowledgeable) advised conditioning thoroughly with Hammanol and bending and tying the flaps with pantyhose to help the flaps soften and accept curvature. It worked a treat.
    Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck; some nights I call it a draw. -- fun.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan. 12, 2007


    Sigh I am jealous! I want a Roxane! Congrats!!!
    "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar. 1, 2009
    East Coast


    Thank you everyone for your input. I did call Stubben and they did say, if im riding just one horse, then it is advised to ride in this saddle, no pad, for atleast 20 hrs, for the sweat to help mold the saddle to him.

    And thanks Woodland...the only reason I purchased it was, I found it brand new on craigslist, never been on a horse, and it was in my seat size, and correct tree size. Trust me, if I purchased it new, I would still be saving my pennies for it, probably for the next year or so!!

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