I am looking for suggestions for a saddle with as narrow a twist as possible & as flat a seat as possible, but that will be kind to my shark-fin OTTB's back. Is this impossible? I mostly ride hunters. Money is not important, as long as it is nice & a good fit. Any suggestions? I love the feel of a flat Butet for me, but it's not right for my horse's back
I love love love old Hermes Steinkrauses - flat, narrow twists, puts you in a perfect balanced seat with impeccable leg position. Bc otherwise you'll fall off But be aware that they're not all created equal, they vary year to year and you may have to ride in and try several to find one you love.
Good luck! I also like Butets as a slightly cushier alternative.
No idea if it would fit your horse, but I used to ride in a flat-seat Beval Natural which seems to fit what you're looking for. Very flat, very balanced, and I think it had a narrow twist (certainly much narrower than the Childeric I ride in now.)
She said she's got or had a Butet and it didn't work for this horse.
The thing I'd be concerned about with a Steinkraus, at least the older ones, is that they are so narrow- if your horse is pretty A-frame along with that big ol' wither it could work for you, but if he's got a big wither and shoulder and is less of a triangle in general, it might not fly quite so well for him.
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Northrun Ashland (not the Ashland II) is another to look into. Has a slightly cutback head, which helps accommodate the shark fin. Not as well known as many brands, but it's a well made saddle. Made in England. Flat, but padded seat. I have the calf version. I too prefer a narrow twist and flatter seat. I love this saddle!
Even the newer Hermes saddles have a super narrow twist, and one model (i'm not sure which, sorry!) does have a flat seat. My trainers own a few Hermes saddles and I LOVE riding in them because of the narrow twist. Something to think about!