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    I need a jumping saddle.... Any suggestions? I've been using a Wintec AP and it's just not cutting it. I event through training level and would like something somewhat inexpensive (used is fine) but I don't even know where to start. My boy is narrow.
    There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse-Robert Smith Surtees
    Breeding TBs, Connemaras and TB/Conn crosses for eventing
    www.twistoffateeventing.com
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    I was thinking $1000 or less. Less being preferable.
    There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse-Robert Smith Surtees
    Breeding TBs, Connemaras and TB/Conn crosses for eventing
    www.twistoffateeventing.com

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    • #3
      Look around at used saddles. Sounds like you will need a narrow tree? I just got a very nice, used, Prestige Dover Jump saddle for $1050, excellent condition. They are out there, you just gotta look around.

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      • #4
        i have a used stubben that i absolutly love.. it was only 600.. its the scandica close contact. they dont make them anymore. but the siegfred(sp) are great too. Good luck.. ebay was my best freind when i was looking for a new saddle

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        • #5
          I have to put a vote in for the mono-flap Toulouse. My daughter outgrew her Antares and is a leasing a horse until our coming three year old Hano is going, so we didn't want to buy a custom made saddle. We are very surprised with this saddle, for $999 new through Smart Pak you get a great saddle. I think you'd be very happy with it and appreciate the closeness to your horse.

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          • #6
            Look at www.classicsaddlery.com for some really well priced new saddles and definitely consider used
            OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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            • #7
              I've got a bates I'm selling for $700 but honestly I hated that saddle every day I rode in it so I wouldnt recommend it. I've heard some good things about the m toulouse. But I'd definitely consider looking at used on eBay!
              http://eventer4life.wordpress.com

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              • #8
                Ainsley Pro Nationals or Chesters are nice, relatively inexpensive saddles that are often used for eventing (and I've got one for sale ). New, they are about $1600, but you can often find a lightly used one for under $1000.

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                • Original Poster

                  #9
                  I tried a m. toulouse. I liked the saddle but it was too wide... I've ridden in a couple of old stubbens and liked them but haven't found one to fit my boy that I like as well.

                  Thank you every one for the replies. Yes I need a narrow one.
                  There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse-Robert Smith Surtees
                  Breeding TBs, Connemaras and TB/Conn crosses for eventing
                  www.twistoffateeventing.com

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                  • #10
                    I have a 10 yr old (great condition) stubben seigfried vss I'm selling for 800, good saddle just doesn't fit my huge TB with a sharkfin. 17inches
                    Come to the Dark Side, We Have Cross Country

                    http://ridingonthedarkside.blogspot.com/

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                    • #11
                      darn it i had a narrow saddle that I sold this summer (and am still owed a little money on....grr....I hate people sometimes). It was a thornhill germania, it just ended up being a little too narrow and didn't feel as good to me as a saddle I was riding another horse in. I ended up buying that saddle from its owner and had mine just sitting around. It was fairly comfortable, I had gotten it on ebay for fairly cheap, and I don't think they are bad new either. So you could try that!

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                      • #12
                        I evented through training in a Bates Caprilli CC. Loved the exchangeable gullet, it worked very well on my narrow TB. I would not recommend it if your horse is narrow with really big withers, though- I couldn't get a narrow enough gullet to make it not press down on my new horse's withers. I actually ended up going custom for him.

                        Pros are that it's extraordinarily comfortable, especially for all-day rides. I bought it 9 years ago and it's stood up very well. It's been a great saddle to grow with- I've used it for QH hunters, trail riding, lower level dressage, and show jumping/XC through training. The exchangeable gullet was a godsend when my horse had back issues and an ever-changing topline. It's very functional over fences and has never been a hinderance when jumping.

                        Cons are that the flap is not very big. I'm 5'7" with long femurs and my knee hangs over a bit if I have my stirrups set really short for XC. It may be a me-thing because my Schleese does the same thing, but I do like to get a bit a chair seat if I flat too often in it.

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                        • #13
                          Try the Dover Circuit saddle series. I have the Dover Circuit Elite EQ and I LOVE it! Comfortable, breaks in easily, beautiful, lasts a long time and they allow you to try them out before you buy them for free! I got mine on sale for around 800$. They always have them on sale for under 1,000(:

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                          • #14
                            the right saddle

                            To find the right saddle for you and your horse, I would try out many. Most tack shops will let you try out a saddle before buying. Are you boarding? - if so, can you try out other boarders saddles? Also, clinics are good places to sample saddles - I walked around the barns at a two-day clinic and asked to put saddles on my horse, not ride, to see the fit.

                            It took me a year to find the right fit for my wide guy - ended up with a BG (bruno delgrange) that fits him perfectly and is sooo comfortable.
                            eventwarrior

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by maggini View Post
                              I evented through training in a Bates Caprilli CC. Loved the exchangeable gullet, it worked very well on my narrow TB. I would not recommend it if your horse is narrow with really big withers, though- I couldn't get a narrow enough gullet to make it not press down on my new horse's withers. I actually ended up going custom for him.

                              Pros are that it's extraordinarily comfortable, especially for all-day rides. I bought it 9 years ago and it's stood up very well. It's been a great saddle to grow with- I've used it for QH hunters, trail riding, lower level dressage, and show jumping/XC through training. The exchangeable gullet was a godsend when my horse had back issues and an ever-changing topline. It's very functional over fences and has never been a hinderance when jumping.

                              Cons are that the flap is not very big. I'm 5'7" with long femurs and my knee hangs over a bit if I have my stirrups set really short for XC. It may be a me-thing because my Schleese does the same thing, but I do like to get a bit a chair seat if I flat too often in it.

                              I have that saddle in the forward/long flap and that is plenty big (im 5'8")

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                              • #16
                                Take a look at the used saddles at Rick's. They can have some quite wonderful bargains in older models that have been well cared for. I got an old Pariani from them for trial for only $350. Aged saddles are just good as good as new ones.
                                "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
                                Thread killer Extraordinaire

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                                • #17
                                  Consider Berney Bros also. I evented through preliminary in mine and really liked it.
                                  OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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                                  • #18
                                    I would look on Ebay and Craigslist. I always recommend Antares, but new they range from $3000 - $5000. I bought mine used for $2800 and I am never using any other saddle! Best saddle I've ever had. Highly recommend them.
                                    "Success is the best revenge"

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                                    • #19
                                      Roxane

                                      I recently got a Stubben Roxanne, and I LOVE it!! I would definitely recommend it, especially since you show up through training level. It has a more forward flap, but I've found it to work for flat work and jumping thus far. You can probably find a decent used one for around $1000, you just have to look. People seem to really like these, so when they go up for sale used, they go like hotcakes.
                                      Horse, thou art truly a creature without equal, for thou fliest without wings and conquerest without sword.

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                                      • #20
                                        County Saddlery does a nice job with narrow and high-withered horses. Look around for some used ones online. But I would start with a County rep - they can fit both horse and you and might have some used/demo ones for less $, or may have some leads to some private sales...

                                        I HATE saddle shopping! Good Luck!!!
                                        O! for a horse with wings! ~William Shakespeare, Cymbeline **or a unicorn horn. Whatever works.**

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