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  • Spirig Saddles

    How popular are they? Do they have resale value? Anyone ride in one?
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  • #2
    Funny you should post this. I had never heard of them and then rode in one last weekend. I liked it.
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    • #3
      My upper-level friend has one, loved it until it didn't fit her new horse. It's for sale....
      Wish I could offer more facts about Spirigs. I think they do have high resale value.

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      • #4
        Very nice saddles if they work for your horse. The panels are thin- very close contact. There isn't a ton of room to play with flocking, so the shape has to be spot on for it to work.

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        • #5
          My friend has one that I borrowed until I got my present saddle. It is not a deep seat but it was a nice saddle to ride in. You have to make sure that you have a saddle fitter who will work with Spirig in close proximity to you, there is not one close-by here so getting it fitted would have been a problem.
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          • #6
            Spirig saddles irrc tend to fit short backed horses well, they usually have short upswept panels.

            Also, iirc, there are two Spirigs, brothers (or related somehow) that both have a line of "Spirig" saddles, very similar in appearance too. When I was shopping spirig saddles a few years ago I remember I kept getting confused between the two. To my knowledge, both are very nice saddles, but one commands a higher price point for some reason. I really don't know why. The one that is in a higher price bracket also tends to be brown leather more often than black, again if I recall correctly.

            I ended up with a Kieth Bryan Santis instead of a Spirig and I was over the moon with it. One of the nicest saddles ever ever ever, and I kick myself for selling it as I found out the tree is adjustable after I sold it.
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            • #7
              I have 3-
              Dressage used on a 13.0 Cob.
              Jumping 16" to small for me and daughter not there yet but had to buy bc of price.
              An older what would be considered their all-purpose used for both flat/jumping.

              They are very nice high end saddles, unfortunately not high resale value in the USA just because of lack of being a well known brand.

              Fit most horses in barn Ok, but only 2 out of 12 Great.

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              • #8
                love my Spirig

                Originally posted by buck22 View Post
                Spirig saddles irrc tend to fit short backed horses well, they usually have short upswept panels.
                ........
                this is correct. I have a used Spirig dressage (2002) that I bought from my trainer and have used it on my 1st horse (15hh short backed Haffie, not terribly wide - my 32cm Stubben saddle fit him too) and new horse, Scout the Fab Fjord - 14.3ish, slightly more wither, short back, a bit less round than the Haffie.

                Had it fit (minor flock adjustment) each time by Colin Kimball-Davis. Any good saddle fitter can help you assess fit and adjust flocking as needed. They are less deep than many saddles, which I prefer. very well made. Mine is brown, but it is very dark. Would have prefered black, but price was right!
                Last edited by saabski; Mar. 11, 2011, 11:31 AM. Reason: add info - dreassge saddle!

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