Would anyone know of any dressage saddles that are similar in horse/rider fit to the Amerigo Vega? I have a Vega jumping saddle, and now that I would like to start really getting more into dressage, competing at 3rd level in my jump saddle just isn't ideal, and it would be really nice to have a good dressage saddle handy. I am keeping my eye on Ebay for used Amerigo's, but I'm certainly open to other suggestions!
So, here are my "wants"
Horse fit similar to the Amerigo Vega (or the DJ jump saddle)
Under $1800 (new or used!)
Also, for seat size, I take a 17" in my jump saddle with a long flap, and there is still plenty of room in the seat, so should I stick to a 17" dressage saddle or move up to the 17.5"?
Ditto the Dominus suggestion, but definitely try before you buy. Dominus does ride very similarly to Amerigo/Vega--as it should since Peter Menet designed Dominus before founding Amerigo. I own an Amerigo CC and a Dominus dressage, and they ride very similarly.
On the less-fantastic side, the Dominus dressage saddle is designed for a very curvy horse, more like the horses that wear the Amerigo Close Contact jump or the Amerigo Standard Dressage. So it's not a guaranteed fit for your horse, but you could take it on trial and see what happens!
BTW, I have occasionally seen Amerigo/Vega dressage saddles for $1800 or less. If you see one that's just barely out of your budget, like within 10% or so, call and offer your $1800. The tack market is in the toilet and sometimes they'll take your offer.
For Amerigo dressage saddles, keep your eyes peeled for the Cortina, Cervia, and Close Contact Dressage. Those tend to fit the "Amerigo DJ/Vega Jump" horses. The Standard Dressage, Pinerolo Alto, and Deep Dressage tend to fit the curvy-backed "Amerigo CC" horses.
Here's some consignment saddles that might interest you. Sadly none of them are in Canada.
PS, would also add the Jaguar dressage saddles to your search. Long story short, it's basically a Peter Menet line in disguise. When Peter Menet stopped designing for Harry Dabbs, Dabbs discontinued Menet's Porsche 928 Dressage Saddle and started the Jaguar line. Let's just say it's no coincidence that the Jaguar line looks, and rides, a lot like Amerigo. Same caution applies here regarding "designed for a very curvy horse."
If you can find a Cobra dressage or Porsche 928 dressage, those are also Menet-designed saddles (similar to the Dominus). But those brands are rarer than hen's teeth. I did see a Cobra recently but I've never seen a Porsche 928: http://www.transitionsdressage.com/cobrasaddle.html
If you're willing to play with fire and forego a trial period, all four brands (Jaguar, Amerigo, Vega, Dominus) can be found used from private buyers. Have seen many of them at tacktrader.com, dressagestar.com, and all over Craigslist (searchtempest.com to search all Craigslists at once).
Yikes, sorry for the novel-length posts.
Last edited by jn4jenny; Jul. 10, 2010 at 11:13 AM.
Wow, thanks so much for all of the info! I am actually really considering that Dominus on Ebay. A barn friend has a Dominus jump saddle that she is bringing out for me to try on Wed to see if it fits the horse. I don't think his back is all that curvy, he seems to have a pretty standard, easy to fit warmblood back. Here is a picture of him from a few months ago for a general idea: http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c1...2/DSC07014.jpg
Now, as far as seat size, this is how the 17" Vega fits me, based on that, should I stick to a 17" dressage saddle, or bump up to a 17.5"? http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c1...2/DSC07146.jpg This is the only picture I could find where you could sort of see the seat size.