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  1. #1
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    Default Please tell me about Childeric M saddles

    I'm on a hunt for a saddle for my 16'1 warmblood shaped mare. She is very sensitive mare and doesn't seem to like to much of a close contact feel with her saddle.

    I'm on a budget so I am looking for a used saddle, but would like a better name if I can find one. While searching I came across a Childeric model M saddle. It is in my price range and seems to be her size (haven't fitted it to her yet), and seems like an ok saddle.

    I have done a small search on the net about them, haven't found anything bad yet, but would like to hear some other's opinions.

    I primary will be riding her hunter/jumper with a little eventing added in.

    Thank you.



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    I LOVE my Childeric M. In fact, my Xmas present to myself was a brand new one that I got a great deal on. I also have 2 used ones, one of which I am selling, the other I am keeping as a second saddle for shows where I have both my youngsters in the same class.

    I first sat in a Childeric when I met Jill Henselwood and was lucky enough to ride one of her horses. I fell in love with that saddle and went on a hunt to find one. That was years ago, and EVERYONE who rides in my saddle loves it, asks what it is, and usually ends up buying one!

    In the past I have owned Butet, County, an older Hermes, and Prestige in the last ten or so years, plus ridden in countless others . Childeric is by far my favorite and I doubt I'll ever buy anything else. That said, it is a French saddle and has a fairly close contact IMO, so if that's not what you're after, you might look elsewhere. Good luck shopping!!
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  3. #3
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    I also have the Childeric M-- love it, best saddle I ever owned. Ironically, I also have a 16.1 warmblood mare. Definitely not a budget saddle, but I got mine used from fineusedsaddles.com. It is better balanced for me than my previous Beval saddle and I feel much more secure in it. The workmanship is beautiful-- if a saddle can be pretty, this one definitely is. As long as the saddle fits the horse I have, I doubt I will want to get anything else.

    Do you have a tack shop where you might be able to take one on trial? I'd echo buschkn's comment that it does have a close contact feel. Good luck with your search!



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    Count me as another Childeric M fan. I find my Childeric well-balanced and feel very secure in it, which has been a great help in dealing with my mare's recent antics. I moved into it from a Crosby PDN, and I was worried that I wouldn't like the pads and blocks and deeper seat, but it was REALLY easy to get used to the added comfort, which I do miss on those occasions when I ride in the Crosby. Now that's a close contact saddle.



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    I have the Childeric M and LOVE it as well, and have fit a wide range of horses I've ridden as well.

    Check out Running Fox, they sell used Childeric's



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    Thanks everyone...I'm going to check it out.

    I have been riding the mare in a Crosby, which I liked and she liked better than my Barnsby which she just hated. Ah the joys of picky horses :-)



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    Of the higher end saddles, its my least favourite. Id prefer a devoucoux, antares, amerigo, CWD or delgrange far before a childeric. However...its all what your horse and bum like.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SquishTheBunny View Post
    Of the higher end saddles, its my least favourite. Id prefer a devoucoux, antares, amerigo, CWD or delgrange far before a childeric. However...its all what your horse and bum like.
    Why? Just curious.....



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    Count me as another one who LOVES the Childeric M.

    Bought my first one in 2001 and second one in 2004. Sold the first one (due to it being a wide and not needing that size tree) and still have my 2004.

    It has the best balance (for me) of any saddle I've ever ridden in.



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