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  • Tekna Saddles

    I've been looking for a saddle for a while, and after getting out ALL of my saddles, and trying them on my 3 horses, I came to the conclusion that a USG Augsburg would be the best, but I cant find the all purpose version anywhere. My dad is flying in tomorrow, and he'll be taking me to the closest tack shop to look at the Tekna jumping saddle, and I'm hoping to bring along my TB to see how they fit him. What does everyone think of these saddles? The 3 I'll be riding mostly is a very refined Hanoverian, goes normally in a medium tree, my pony jumper medium narrow-medium, and then my hard to fit TB. Do they sit on a horses withers at all? I'll be doing cross country up to probably about 3'6'', jumping up to 4'+, trail riding, and most of my flatwork in this saddle. Are they slippery at all? I'm hoping to sit in the suede and smooth version, and ride in both.


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    In addition to what you get here, try the search function. There have been several threads in the past few months re: the Tekna saddles, especially in the dressage forum (and their input is still relevant re: the synthetic material etc.)

    My two cents from having helped my trainer buy a 17" Tekna A4 jump saddle with the smooth seat:

    IMHO the Tekna synthetic material is a big step up from the Wintec synthetic material. It isn't leather and it won't break in per se, but it's certainly more leather-like in texture and less slippery than the Wintec stuff. It doesn't ride like a sofa--the seat is a little hard--but it is a well-balanced piece of tack.

    It has some wither clearance and it does have a higher pommel arch than a Wintec, but it's not what I'd call a "problem solver saddle" for high withers. Compound this fairly average pommel arch with the saddle's very thin close-contact panels, and some horses are going to have wither clearance issues in this saddle. If you own a half pad, I strongly suggest you plan to use it--according to the Tekna literature, their saddles are designed to be used with a half pad and that's one of many reasons that the panel is cut so thin. You can get better shots of the wither clearance and the panels here:
    And a better shot of the panels, which are moderately curvy and nicely built up in the front:

    And for what it's worth, the Tekna A4 set at 29cm (medium) fits this guy quite nicely with a half pad:

    But it didn't fit this guy at all. Notice how much longer and higher this guy's wither is--it would have taken several front shims in a correctional half pad to make this work and even then it would have been a close call with the withers. We decided to put him in a different saddle.

    On the upside, the Tekna A4 can be flocked with wool by any competent fitter. But again the panel is cut very thin so you'd have to be talking about pretty small fine-tuning adjustments. Also good: the tree is adjustable by authorized dealers. It's the same tree technology as the Prestige saddles, so anyone who can adjust Prestige can adjust the Tekna A4 jump saddle down to 27cm (medium = 29cm) if you needed it narrower.

    I gather that you may not be in the US, but here in the US, the adjustment fee at VTO Saddlery is an extremely reasonable $100 and that includes the cost of return shipping by mail. (For those who are wondering, I've been in phone correspondence with Paul at VTO, and he's now adjusted two Teknas. My trainer's Tekna will be the third. Yes, it is $50 cheaper than having a Prestige saddle adjusted but it's done by the same procedure.We're asking him to crank it open pretty much as far as it will go. I will be blogging the snot out of that when it happens.)

    As for jumping 3'6" or 4' in it, you may find the flap angle is not sufficiently forward to accommodate that. It's designed for an entry-level market where most folks are jumping 2'6" and under. But everyone's got a different body and you'll have the luxury of trying before you buying, so judge for yourself. I've cropped a shot of my trainer's Tekna to show you the true flap angle. (Before the Fitting Police show up and crucify me, the shot was taken with the full knowledge that this saddle does not fit this horse. In fact, it was taken for Paul at VTO as reconaissance info before the saddle is made wider. )
    Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/


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      Thank you soo much! My guy is more like the first according to withers, so that gives me great hope. I usually ride with my fleeceworks half pad anyways to protect their back and give them comfort, too. I'm going to ask my dad if we can head down to the tack shop tomorrow so I can possibly try it out before/during christmas, and see how I like it, especially since I'm going to try and go do some XC or over fences schooling next week on several different horses. It'll be good to see how the Tekna feels. I'm used to riding in an old circuit CC and a flat crosby, so I'm not even that comftorable with a fairly forward flap.