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  1. #1
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    Default Help Finding a Used Dressage Saddle for a Shorty

    I'm hoping that you guys might have some ideas as to where I can find a used dressage saddle with a short flap, preferably a medium tree as it will mostly be used on TBs. I'd really love a Devoucoux in a 17" with a 1A but they are hard to find.
    Suggestions would be great for websites or specific models that might work.
    I normally ride in a 16.5 but I have a Devoucoux Chiberta and it's a 17. I understand Devoucoux runs a bit small though.

    I'm just under 5ft though so the short flap is very important.
    Thanks for your help!



  2. #2
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    You could check into a Stubben Juventus. It's marketed as a "youth saddle" however I found it very comfortable for me (adult with stumpy legs!) It only comes in one seat size (17, I think?) but does come in different tree widths.

    Most dressage saddles offer a "short flap" option. If you are looking for used, you just have to keep an eye open for those. My old Passier Grand Gilbert is a short flap and i bought it from a private owner, used. I still have that saddle and love it. There is a Trilogy dressage saddle called the "Debbie McDonald" and it is specifically designed for vertically challenged riders. However, you can get any of their line of saddles made with a short flap.



  3. #3
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    Depending on your budget -- my first dressage saddle was a neiddersus symphony you can pick up a used one for about $800. I'm 5'3(on a good day) an have short legs and I didn't need a short flap. They come in 16 3/4 and 17 3/4. The saddle isn't deep so you can get away with a smaller seat size. If you can find one give it a try and see if you like it and what tree size you need. For my Thoroughbred that had high withers I had (actually have) a regular tree. My current saddle is a Trilogy Debbie special and I had it make with short flaps and because it's a deeper seat it is a 17 1/2. Those saddles used though are 2K or so. Those are the only 2 I have personal knowledge of though I tried may saddles in search for a new one - new horse needed wider tree. I tried abion, country and every other saddle I could find to sit in and the Debbie was the only one that I didn't have to fight. Good luck - if you were closer I'd let you try my neiddersus to see if you liked the type and what tree you needed.



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    Mostly any saddle can be ordered with a shorter flap, so you may just have to search around. Most of the used-saddle sites will specify if the saddle has a shorter flap. But one saddle that I found good for petite riders on the Tb-type horses was the Passier Relevant. The Trilogy Debbie MacDonald is another saddle that came through stock with a shorter flap.

    Also, the flap on most saddles can be shortened to some degree; some moreso than others, depending on the type of flap and the block and the length of the sweat flap.



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    why don't you check at your local tack store or consignment tack store? there's a lot of them in my area and they always have great deals. i've always gotten my saddles through word of mouth - either at the barn i rode at or through pony club. someone out there would probably have what you're looking for.
    AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012



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    Hey Hony
    Sandra bought the exact saddle you want from Patricia at fine used saddles .com for a pretty good price.
    I would get in touch with her as she may be willing to keep an eye out for you
    xo g
    http://www.fine-used-saddles.com/



  7. #7
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    Hey Clivers! Can you text me Sandra's number. I want to see if she'll let me try hers since I have only gotten to sit in a few that are too big. I was wondering who around here might have that one. I'm glad you saw this!



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    I am 5'3", and based on advise from someone of COTH, tried a Crosby Tad Coffin. I LOVE it. Flaps are short enough for me. There is one on Pelham now:

    http://www.pelham-saddlery.com/saddles/Used15327.html

    If I were you, I would try it. Price is certainly right.



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    If you can find a saddle you like that fits your horse you might be able to have the flap cut.

    My old coach bought a DK and took it to have the flap cut. It didn't look like it had been doctored, it was a beautiful and comfy!!



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