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    Default Narrow twist, flat-seat saddles?

    I know, I know, another saddle thread.

    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



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    You could look into Butet's they are known for their flat seats. I'm pretty sure Beval can make it how you need to fit you horse. Best of luck!



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    Passier Precision you may also be able to find the predecessor, the Wellington
    if you can find it, the older plain flap pessoa eq models may work.
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    If you can find an old model Beval World Cup- not the WC Gold- it may work for you with a wither cut-out pad.
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    Tad Coffin's are pretty darn flat.



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    A Tad Coffin saddle sounds like what you need. You can actually take your horse to his shop I believe, and he will fit the saddle to your horse. A Hermes might be another saddle to think about too.



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    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.



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    Butet's are really flat in the seat and like said you can order New on Beval.
    http://www.beval.com/Products/Butet-...e/4016002.aspx

    Or If you want one already broken in you could try this website:

    http://www.fine-used-saddles.com/catalog.htm?Vl=28&Tp=2



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    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.)



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    Quote Originally Posted by skittlespony View Post
    Butet's are really flat in the seat and like said you can order New on Beval.
    http://www.beval.com/Products/Butet-...e/4016002.aspx

    Or If you want one already broken in you could try this website:

    http://www.fine-used-saddles.com/catalog.htm?Vl=28&Tp=2
    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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    The Prestige Versailles fits your description.
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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!



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    The PJ Light might work for you.
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    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!

    oh, and I second using fine-used-saddles



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    I would say Hermes or Crump.



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    Default I love flat so here are my in order of love!!!

    Butet- wide
    Beval Ltd II -- wide
    Ashland original in a wide -- tree is more like a reg

    all my high wither horse I have always used a half pad with theses saddles



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    Quote Originally Posted by skittlespony View Post
    You could look into Butet's they are known for their flat seats. I'm pretty sure Beval can make it how you need to fit you horse. Best of luck!
    OP specifically mentioned that Butets do not fit her horse's back.



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    Default oops didnt see that

    Ashland original
    contact northrun directly! Tom is great



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    http://www.malvernsaddlery.com/164-F...ypage.tpl.html

    My Equipe Extreme has a narrow twist and flat seat. I didn't think I'd like it, but the more I ride in the saddle, the more I like it. Fits my high withered TB nicely.

    I've seen this saddle for much less than the price quoted at this site.



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