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  • flat-seat Dressage Saddles?

    I order a saddle back in July that has been back-ordered now until mid-November at the earliest, and so I have been without a saddle since July. The saddle is not of high-quality and hedging bets that it still may not be available even by mid November (I was originally told mid-September) so I am cancelling my order.

    I would very much like to ride my horse, however, finding a saddle is tricky and I don't have a ton of dough (would prefer less than $2500) but I am quite tall (inseam is 36") and having spent 20 years with h/j, I really prefer a flatter seat.

    Dressage saddle guru's, what say you? Thanks in advance!
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    Look into Kent & Masters.
    The Noodlehttp://tiny.cc/NGKmT&http://tiny.cc/gioSA
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      #3
      I saw those actually and thought they looked quite lovely, but they only go up to an 18" seat...not sure if that will be an issue for the length of the flap. They certainly look lovely though!
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      • #4
        I have 36" legs (19" femurs), prefer an open shallow seat, and have never paid more than $1200 for a saddle.
        Go get yourself a Passier. My favorite model is the grand gilbert, which can be found used online from $800-1400 in excellent condition all day long.
        I also like the Albion Style, and a few of the Customs that aren't too deep
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Luna View Post
          I saw those actually and thought they looked quite lovely, but they only go up to an 18" seat...not sure if that will be an issue for the length of the flap. They certainly look lovely though!
          I am 6' tall and love mine, if it helps.
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          Jinxyhttp://tiny.cc/PIC798&http://tiny.cc/jinx364
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          The Hana is nuts! NUTS!!http://tinyurl.com/SOCRAZY

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            #6
            That does help actually...I am 5'11, so that is good to know. Price is certainly right, too!
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            • #7
              I have absolutely nothing to offer, just to say that I love your name.


              My beautiful 15 yo ottb is named Luna.
              Originally posted by dizzywriter
              My saddle fits perfectly well. It might be a little tight around the waist, but I take care of that with those spandex things.

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                #8
                Thank you!
                Luna was my first horse... I had her for 13 years until she unfortunately passed but I still use her name for everything...even my website! I also have a soft spot for the OTTB's, so we must be great minds with all our alike thinking
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                • #9
                  Advanced Saddlery carries several Kent & Masters saddles, well under your max price: https://advancedsaddlefit.com/store/dressage-saddles/
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                  • #10
                    I love my Stubben Aramis. It's 20yo, but still awesome. $300 on eBay. The current similar model is the Genesis Special D. Shallow seat, minimal blocks.

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                    • #11
                      Here are some photos of the Genesis Special D from Stubben. It has a much more sizeable cantle than the old(er) models and IMO does not qualify as a 'flat seat' any longer. A Tristan (older model) yes, but the GSD - no way. I picked up 2 Tristans about a year and a half ago - 1 was $150, the other $500 - virtually no cantle on either one.
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                      • #12
                        Another vote for the Passier Grand Gilbert. 6' tall here and I love how this saddle fits.

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                        • #13
                          Another vote for the older Tristan from Stubben, and I know they can custom make a saddle with a flatter seat as a friend had one made this spring.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by not again View Post
                            Another vote for the older Tristan from Stubben, and I know they can custom make a saddle with a flatter seat as a friend had one made this spring.
                            That's RIGHT! I'd forgotten that saddle! Here are some photos -

                            And from having ridden in it (31cm tree), the twist was a-OK for me and it was much flatter than a standard Genesis Special or the standard Genesis D. Since it was so flat in the cantle and no knee rolls, it would have been fine to jump a decent sized fence with shorter leathers.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Petstorejunkie View Post
                              I have 36" legs (19" femurs), prefer an open shallow seat, and have never paid more than $1200 for a saddle.
                              Go get yourself a Passier. My favorite model is the grand gilbert, which can be found used online from $800-1400 in excellent condition all day long.
                              I also like the Albion Style, and a few of the Customs that aren't too deep
                              Yes, best flat seat dressage saddle I ever sat in. Loved it.
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                              • #16
                                LOVE my Frank Baines Capriole! I also come from a h/j background so like a more open seat. Mine also has removable knee blocks.
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                                • #17
                                  Passier Grand Gilbert

                                  I also vote for the Passier Grand Gilbert ... super comfortable and excellent for people with long femurs. There is a ton of them on ebay since they are sort of out of style now. I love mine.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Tasker View Post
                                    That's RIGHT! I'd forgotten that saddle! Here are some photos -

                                    And from having ridden in it (31cm tree), the twist was a-OK for me and it was much flatter than a standard Genesis Special or the standard Genesis D. Since it was so flat in the cantle and no knee rolls, it would have been fine to jump a decent sized fence with shorter leathers.
                                    Hey, you have my saddle! Luckily, with oiling they darken down from that bright tan/orange color.

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                                    • #19
                                      Another vote for the Tristan - I loved mine but sadly it did not fit my last horse, so I sold it.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Tasker View Post
                                        That's RIGHT! I'd forgotten that saddle! Here are some photos -

                                        And from having ridden in it (31cm tree), the twist was a-OK for me and it was much flatter than a standard Genesis Special or the standard Genesis D. Since it was so flat in the cantle and no knee rolls, it would have been fine to jump a decent sized fence with shorter leathers.
                                        WANT that WANT WANT WANT

                                        Hate the deep seat, hate the rolls/blocks. I also <3 brown.

                                        The saddle I have is $$$ & came with my mare, got it for half its worth & it has been fitted for her, but not me. If at any point I get a chance to replace it, I want one like this. Flat.

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