I have fallen in love with one of our young horses and have decided to take her off the market and keep her for myself and hopefully one day our daughter. Since she is definitely a hunter prospect I would like suggestions for CC saddle that will make the transition an easier one for me. I like a deeper seat and not an overly forward flap. I would love to hear suggestion to help narrow my search. TIA.
And just for fun, here is the converter herself LOL
Etch-A-Sketch 2009 filly by Escapade
I'd suggest looking at Antares. They seem to be a lot deeper, and feel like there is a lot more saddle there than all the other saddles that are currently popular. Flaps come in multiple configurations, but I'm currently borrowing one that has a very straight flap.
I was making the same switch recently and borrowed my friend's Antares. It was really comfy, after I got over feeling naked.
However, for a two year old saddle, it looked pretty beat up. That leather they use is soft, but I don't think it holds up very well.
When I was shopping for a saddle, I sat in a Prestige, and if I had had the coin, that's what I would have bought. It had the sturdier leather, comfy somewhat deeper seat, and it was grippier. Plus the trees are adjustable. It was just more in my comfort zone coming from a wool-flocked buffalo leather deep seat dressage saddle.
Thanks everyone for the suggestion and nice comments on my little converter. LOL We had sold her as a weanling and had a chance to buy her back when her owner circumstances changed earlier this year. I am so glad I did. I am very excited about our future together and learning something new along the way Now to keep my eye out for a saddle Thanks again.
Another question. Do they run true to size in the seat and gullet?
Just for fun. Here is her not so little brother. Same dam and both by Escapade. Here is Ed Venture at his Old. Inspection last week. He has sold to a hunter rider in Wellington, FL. I am very excited to watch him develop with his new mommy
I'm a new Antares convert! I've ridden in Beval's the last 10 years or so and needed a new saddle for my filly. I ended up buying two since I found them for such great deals. Of course I'm not allowed to keep both, so one has to get sold. The one that I'm keeping is the grain leather which I prefer for the sole fact that I'm not that nice to my stuff! I try, I swear! I have felt like the last few saddles I have had I have had to fight with to be in the correct position. I don't have that feeling at all with either of the Antares. I will never ride in anything else! (my poor husband doesn't want to hear that.) I was lucky in that I found the one I'm keeping for an absolute steal. ('07 barely used) I actually paid less for it than the one I'm selling! ('04 calfskin)
I switched to an Antares this spring and love it. I got a great deal on one that was a few years old and it's held up great!. I have the half deep seat which I really like. It immediately improved my leg position and I don't have to work so hard against myself. BTW, your filly is lovely!!! Your DD is very lucky to have such a generous mother.
Last edited by carasmom; Sep. 27, 2011 at 08:19 PM.
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The newer tad coffin saddles have a more deeper seat. i bought one recently and it makes me feel alot more secure than the older models did. The flap you can also have custom done to how you would like it.
Some advice on going custom - I'd recommend working with a sales rep, rather than buying off the internet unless you are very familiar with the particular design of the saddle.
Most of the people in my barn have Antares and they are ALL different! You can customize how deep the seat is, forward flap or not, flap length, is the pommel cut back or not, etc. Also, the calf-skin is not as sturdy as the grain leather (which may explain people's differing experiences with how well the saddles have held up).
Oh, and gorgeous horses!!!!!
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Try a Prestige Jumper R (mine is the Michel Robert, but it's the same thing, just the JR is the name it is marketed under in the US, the MR in Europe). Mine is awesome for jumping larger fences and has quite a deep seat. I LOVE it. It's also great for jumping babies who may jump 5' over a crossrail, keeps you in place really well even when surprised.
I have a Barnsby Espirit. This saddle appears to come in two different trees (the mfg rep told me, hard to believe) and the one i have is almost like an all-purpose saddle. It is not that forward, and i love it! Fabulous balance.
I actually prefer a flatter seat and a deep leg (knee roll, calf roll).
I would recommend all the Barnsby saddles. This is the second one that i have had.