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  • Hulsebos Saddles

    What are your thoughts/ experiences with them?
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  • #2
    I have one and I LOVE it! I tried what felt like a million Dressage saddles and NONE of them fit my mare. They ALL slid up on her shoulders, practically all the way to her neck. I was at my wit's end. I'd wasted TONS in shipping fees, even after sending tracings, photos, etc. of my mare, nothing worked.

    Two trainers at the barn I board at (one I ride with, one I don't) suggested I try a Hulsebos.

    Jan and Tilsa Hulsebos were coming to the barn so I brought my mare out to be fitted. The first saddle I didn't like the feel of, the second saddle was PERFECT and it didn't slide up my mares neck!

    I dismounted, Jan took the saddle, added a little flocking here and there, put it back on my mare, I rode her some more while he and my trainer watched, and it was heavenly!

    My mare loves her Hulsebos, I love my Hulsebos and the customer service is awesome. Jan and Tilsa come twice a year and check your saddle to refit as necessary.

    I give Hulsebos saddles two enthusiastic thumbs up!
    Proud Native Texan!
    owned by 3 Cardigan Corgi's + 3 wonderful horses!


    • #3
      I forgot to add, the refitting/reflocking sessions are FREE!
      Proud Native Texan!
      owned by 3 Cardigan Corgi's + 3 wonderful horses!


      • #4
        Not so much...

        I have one. In fact, I have one *for sale*.

        I bought mine years ago, because my trainer swore by them, and everyone in the barn was getting them. I didn't know any better, and didn't really shop around. Jan came out and evaluated us, then combined two different models to make one "custom" for us. Then I waited 7 months for it to arrive.

        It's a nice saddle, but in a lot of ways it wasn't doing me any favors. I ended up going with one from Custom Saddlery that I *love* like no other.

        And every time someone (from Hulsebos) came out to adjust my Hulsebos saddle, it cost me $250.


        • #5
          I rode in one briefly, at a trainer's facility...it was hard as a rock and was large all over...felt like a saddle built for a big man....of course it was an older model, but I saw one in a tacsk shop and seemed similar...only that brief experience with one.


          • Original Poster

            Wow, mine is really soft. I think they make a lot of different types of saddles.

            While we're on the topic, can anyone explain to me how to pronouce "Hulsebos?"
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            • #7
              I found it quite comfortable, but more saddle than I like (WB4 model).
              OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


              • #8
                One of my boarders has a Hulsebos which is probably 4 or 5 year old. It fits her horse beautifully and is incredibly comfortable to ride in.


                • #9
                  very happy

                  I have 3 (2 dressage, 1 jumping) Hulsebos saddles and am very happy with them. They are custom, so what fits one horse/rider may not work for another if you are buying used.

                  He comes to our area 3x a year. Flocking/fitting adjustments are $250.

                  FWIW the original one I bought after a year of trying all types of used and 2 'new' saddle fitters for my hard to fit mare also fits some 'standard' size horses nicely and other petite riders (I am 5'4").
                  Forward...go forward


                  • #10
                    I had purchased a used dressage one that I LOVED!!! But at the time I was a saddle buying newbie and didn't realize the saddle wasn't the best fit for my horse. It worked but after a while I had it reflocked for a better fit but eventually it created rubs and by then I was much more saddle savvy and decided to get a different saddle that actually suited my horse.

                    I did enjoy the quality and super suppleness of my Hulsebos. I didn't have any trouble selling it - and had I not needed the cash to purchase the replacement, I might have kept it.