Just got back from the barn, the chiropractor said I need a pommel with a good amount of clearance, like a Vega or Prestige (and Pessoa's are too low)....he did say Smith-Worthington saddles are worth looking into though! So maybe I won't go completely broke. I did just buy a brand new horse trailer so my bank account is hurting a tad at the moment
I had a Vega and while it was a comfortable saddle with a good balance point the flap was just a smidge too straight for me and I'm 5'6" so you may want to keep that in mind. Mine was a 17" which is more like a 17.5.
I am 5'10 with a 36" inseam and they are made for a long-legged rider and have a semi-cutback head, perfect for wither/pommel clearance. I adore mine -- have had one for 18 years now and the other I bought when they went on superclearance. The balance of this model is superb. (The only difference between "Eq" and "Jumping" is that the jumping one has a knee roll.)
This is from the top line of Smith Worthingtons, deeply discounted. They also let you have a month trial, I believe, then will custom fit it to your horse for free. Made in England from wonderful leather. They do take some break-in as they are sturdy leather, not the soft calf-type so popular these days (but I don't like because it wears out). If they have your size I'd snap one up ASAP.
Last edited by fordtraktor; Dec. 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM.
I have a MW tree Stubben Edelweiss with a long/forward flap. I'm located in RI - I see that you're in MA so if you'd like to try it to see if something similar would work for you, we could probably figure something out. Mine isn't for sale but I've seen them online for reasonable money.
Are you still looking for a saddle? I'm 5'9" and I have a Barnsby Cirrus II in 18" wide and a Stubben VSSG 18" 31.5cm tree that fit me and my paint well but don't fit my new TB. If you're interested the Barnsby is currently for sale but is out on trial and the Stubben will be for sale as soon as I find a reasonable replacement which shouldn't be too long now.