High withered horse - close contact dressage saddle recommendations
I am ready to begin looking for a new (at least to me) dressage saddle. After riding bareback in my Christ sheepskin bareback pad for the past few months I have noticed I ride a lot better and my horse feels much better underneath me than when I ride in my Passier Grand Gilbert.
Louie has high withers and a wide sprung ribcage, so something that fits those type of horses would be best. And I prefer a dressage saddle without a lot of extra fluff.
Any recommendations to what brand and model I should try are greatly appreciated!
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". - DAVE BARRY
I too rode my pony bareback for a couple months and could not find anything. Ended up buying a Stubben Genesis Special and she went so well in it. She did not have high withers, but had a very narrow topline with a wide shoulder and ribcage, so essentially similar (she needed something narrow enough on top, but wide at the points). The Genesis is uniquely shaped for this and you simply cannot get any more close contact.
I also agree with mbm, the Tristan is similar in many ways. If you have the opportunity try all the Stubbens.
I have a high-withered horse who is a medium or narrow-medium tree - I like my passier close contact saddle - an old version, but no extra people padding. I think the 'center' of the saddle's seat is a tig behind my leg, though. Passier does make some newer saddles you could look at - some of them have a higher and cut back pommel.
Trainer's website - photos of my horse Airborne under About and Francesca Edwards also in media page 1