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    Default The NEW Isabell- who has sat in one? Reviews?

    So who has sat/ridden in the latest version of the Isabell?

    This one boasts a narrow waist...which has always been my big complaint. My horse quite likes his isabell, but I dislike it because it feels too wide for me.

    http://www.wintec-saddles.com/produc...ewIsabell.html

    Is it actually any narrower?

    Has anyone used the riser system? Is it crapola or a good asset?

    Thanks!



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    aaaannnd, apart from the different between synthetic material v leather...any notable differences between the bates and the wintec version?



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    I have ridden in the older Isabels for years and love them. After deciding to move one of my Isabels into my lesson program I was looking for a new saddle for myself, and rode in quite a few different saddles. Non of them suited me as well as the Isabel, plus I needed an adjustable saddle as I ride a lot of young horses and horses in for training. I decided if it ain't broke don't fix it, and ordered a new Bates Isabel. I think it feels pretty much like the old Isabels, which I think is good, and is a better looking saddle. I am happy to have the option of the shim system, although I haven't needed to use it yet. The leather in the Bates is really nice - textured enough to not be slick, and quite soft for a new saddle. I do think the new model runs bigger. I rode in an 18" in the old one due to a long femur,but I think I could have fit in a 17 1/2 in the new version. All in all, I love mine!!



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    I agree that the new ones ride bigger...the seat is more open, so I think that's why. I have also found that the panels on the new models are significantly flatter than the old. My horse has been going in an old Isabel for years and when I decided to get him a new saddle I ordered one...did not come remotely close to fitting. It bridged so badly I could stick my whole hand under the middle of the seat and no amount of shimming was going to make it work. Just something to be aware of...



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    Thanks for the reviews- actually for the horse in question- flatter IS better, so that might be a good thing for him - though without fitting it to him, hard to tell.

    I am kinda bummed though if the new one rides like the old. I was so hoping for a narrower twist, and room for my fatter thighs- which feel so pushed out in the isabell.

    We're a tough pair to make happy- my horse isn't extraordinarily wide- he just needs a pretty flat paneled saddle- both front to back and left to right. To find that combination with a twist that suits me...well...its been fun...NOT

    I may just have to go the more expensive route and look into higher end saddles, but I was hoping to get away with a lower end saddle for at least a couple of years while I figure out what direction we're headed.



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    OP, I think the slight change in the seat might make a difference for you. Worth trying it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Galloping Granny View Post
    OP, I think the slight change in the seat might make a difference for you. Worth trying it.
    Agreed. I bought a new Isabell, the 17.5 felt huge and very roomy, the twist much narrower. I felt cramped and stuck in the old one, and the twist was too wide (in a 17.5). I ride in a 17.5 in every other dressage saddle, yet in the new Isabell I felt like I could have gone with a 17".



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    sweet- methinks I'll give this one a try! Thanks for the reviews



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