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  • Saddle brands?

    For Christmas, the family and I have decided to all pitch in and get my grandmother a new dressage saddle. However, because I ride hunter/jumper/eq, and have only done dressage work in my jumping saddle (although I'd LOVE to really get into it), I'm not familiar with brands.

    What are some good, comftorable, yet affordable brands you would recommend?
    Thanks!

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    If it were me, I would have to try about 20 diffrerent saddles (currently, I am on saddle trial #8) with a saddle fitter to decide which one is best for my particular horse. For example, is someone bought me a Keiffer or Stubben, or any of the Albions we've looked at so far, I'd have to return it. It would have to go through my saddle fitter - Not only does the saddle have to be fitted to her horse, but to her pelvis and femur as well. That is what would make it comfortable to her AND her horse. This is true for a new saddle or a used saddle. Much as I hate to admit it, I don't think I am going to find an off the rack saddle which fits my horse, and will have to have one made - because of his long shoulder and pectoral muscles (or something, forget what muscles at the moment). Then, I find that having gone through menopause, my hips have changed, and I need a different twist than I did a few years ago. The variables are true whether this is a synthetic 800 saddle or a used upper range saddle for middle money (1800) or a new upper range off the rack comfy (buffalo) saddle (2500 to 3500) or a custom (2500 to 4,000 and up).

    If you really want to gift her with this, I would pool the money and give her a check - or, better yet, tell her your budget (basic good saddle about 2,500) and tell her to call the saddle fitter and start her hunt, and you folks will pay for it. Or, give her a (collective) check towards the one she ultimately finds.

    It will take many trials to find it - you pay for the saddle and shipping and return it for another one to try from the same company, or, you pay for the shipping (used) and return it if it doesn't fit. That's about 100.00 for each saddle to try, shipping both ways.

    Good luck!!
    Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.

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    • #3
      AR's advice is spot on. Buying a saddle as a Christmas gift is NOT as easy as buying a set of pajamas or a pair of earrings.

      Your Grandma will appreciate the thought behind the gift, but let HER choose the saddle that suits! It's a purchase that is MORE personal than lingerie. It has to fit not only Grandma's anatomy, but that of her horse.

      I think it's a lovely and generous gift idea. But let her do the selecting!

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      • #4
        And check out my thread about Bates/Wintec/Collegiate on the horse care sections. Customer service at it's worst.

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