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Dressage saddles you avoid

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  • Dressage saddles you avoid

    Are there any brands or models of dressage saddles that you try to avoid because of personal experiences or by word of mouth?

    I have been thinking for quite some time about purchasing a dressage saddle, but finding a quality one to fit a variety of horses may be a challenge.

    Im new to dressage. So any comments would be appreaciated.

  • #2
    I personally avoid Stubbens, I find them bulky under my leg. They may have changed since last I sat in one. I found their all purpose saddles the same.
    Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

    Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


    • #3
      second that. i would also avoid a stubben.


      • #4
        Wintec. I think they are very uncomfortable.


        • #5
          It's pretty naive to imagine that you can find one saddle to FIT a variety of horses.

          To find a saddle that fits the rider and one horse is a triumph.
          ... _. ._ .._. .._


          • #6
            Ditto Wintec or anything not made of quality leather. I'd probably avoid any saddle that did not have good resell value; i.e. an odd brand.


            • #7
              I'm not a fan of Countys, Stubbens or Passiers.
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              • #8
                I love my wintec, it fits my horse and was in my price range. I even show in it. Don't care that it isn't leather.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by ToN Farm View Post
                  Ditto Wintec or anything not made of quality leather. I'd probably avoid any saddle that did not have good resell value; i.e. an odd brand.
                  Thirded Wintec.
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                  • #10
                    Shleese, Wintec, & County WB 2000s. Anything else I'll look at in various lines but I do like Passiers and their ability to be adjusted easily by saddlefitters/makers.
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                    • #11
                      I avoid anything with big thigh blocks and wide twists. I use an old passier (it has four billets so fits all developments of horses) from 84 and it fits everything. Certainly the Shultheis saddles have no knee rolls either.
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                      • #12
                        For me, I like Wintecs because they put me so close to the back of the horse and I like that feeling.

                        I'm not fond of Niedersuss, which makes me feel a mile off the back of my horse, or schleese, which often makes me feel like I'm sitting on a 2x4 and actually hurts my seatbones and upper thighs where I can feel the "drop off" of the seat (although they put me in a nice position). Older Passiers also hurt my butt but they make me feel close to the horse.

                        I think that for every person who tells you to avoid saddle X, you'll find someone who loves saddle X. I think your only solution is to sit in a bunch of saddles. It's a bummer, I tell you!!!!!!

                        Last edited by J-Lu; Dec. 23, 2007, 05:43 PM.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by J-Lu View Post
                          I think that for every person who tells you to avoid saddle X, you'll find someone who loves saddle X. I think your only solution is to sit in a bunch of saddles. It's a bummer, I tell you!!!!!!

                          I agree. That being said, I did love my Wintec before I finally had a lovely Kieffer get literally dropped into my lap. I also would love a Stubben Maestoso Deluxe... look absolutely divine. It's all personal preference and what will work for your and your horse. I have another Stubben (Woton) that's an all-purpose that puts you in a great seat for lower level jumping or when we're just hacking around. I think you'll have to just try lots out.
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                          • #14
                            I'd avoid anything with a big thigh block, or especially an external thigh block, i.e. visible on the outside of the flap of the saddle. I tried a couple at DAD last year and I had to have a friend pull me out of a couple they hurt so badly AND pinned me in a position that wasn't anatomically possible for me. Ouch!!
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                            • #15
                              I don't mind Wintecs, but anything with CAIR is bad news. I ride in Albions - I like the feel for me, as well as the big panels for my horses.

                              Go to your biggest local tack shop and sit in lots of brands. Figure out what's comfortable for you, in your price range, and then see if the tack shop or manufacturer directly will give you demo saddles. I know Dover Saddlery has a Demo saddle program.
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                              • #16
                                ANY wide twist Albion. OMG! I never knew I could hurt that bad.
                                "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
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                                • #17
                                  LOVE my wintec. Admittedly no saddle fits all horses, but it's one of the few you can adjust. Also love that it's not leather: no mold, no maintenance, and I ride in it regularly with very little wear showing.

                                  Hate: too many of the older saddles due to the horribly narrow trees and/or no spine clearance. I don't care how fancy or exclusive the brand name, the saddle must fit the horse.

                                  In your situation I'd suggest making a trek to a larger saddle shop. You'll have more selection and you may find what you need used. Used = cheaper; cheaper = able to buy 2 or more so you can fit all your horses. In my region, the place I buy saddles from is Rick's Heritage Saddlery.
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                                    • #19
                                      Avoid Schleese. Can't get good service.


                                      • #20
                                        Avoid DK (terrible service), Passier (puts me in a chair seat, might work well for others.) I have a Wintec that I use for breaking babies, and it's suitable for that purpose but I wouldn't want to do high level work in it. I would love to have a Stubben. I'm surprised that people here complain that they are bulky. They are one of the more stripped down saddles on the market. Right now I also have a custom Regal which I love.