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What is the event saddle with the "holes"?

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  • What is the event saddle with the "holes"?

    This is driving me crazy. I cannot for the life of me remember what brand of saddle had the 'revolutionary' design with the 'holes' in the seat. I have googled everything I can think of but can't find it. Anyone?

  • #2
    lucky for you...I can't sleep.

    Wise Saddles

    ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


    • Original Poster

      Thank you!!!!

      Now I can sleep.


      • #4
        That seat seems like it would feel SO weird to sit in. You're not sitting most the time anyways, but still...


        • #5
          Might be better for men. The old cavalry and Buena Vista saddles used to have the seat cut out. I'd guess it gives more room for the family jewels to move around without crushing.
          "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
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          • #6
            Actually, that looks like it would also work well for someone with cocyxx pain. The Stubben biomex was developed for that (and works for some, not for others).

            co-author of 101 Jumping Exercises & The Rider's Fitness Program; Soon to come: Dead Ringer - a tale of equine mystery and intrique! Former Moderator!


            • #7
              Originally posted by bornfreenowexpensive View Post
              lucky for you...I can't sleep.

              Wise Saddles

              Maybe I'm missing something... but am I the only one who finds it irritating that saddle weights are not listed? For example, this site promotes its saddle as "lightweight," a totally useless and subjective description. I could email them to "Inquire About the Product," but I don't want to do that for each and every product.
              "Random capitAlization really Makes my day." -- AndNirina


              • #8
                I bought one of these saddles a few months ago and I love it. It puts my leg in just the right spot! While I noticed the hole for the first 5 minutes I was trying the saddle, I really don't any more. It does get attention though
                Forward momentum!


                • #9
                  I have one and love it. It's changed my jumping in a good way. I have demos too.


                  • #10
                    I sat one at Rolex it and found the holes very disconcerting, but I suspect you'd get used to it relatively quickly. Yes weight is subjective, but it was very light weight when I picked it up. Nice leather, and attention getting....
                    The rebel in the grey shirt


                    • #11
                      I sat in one and didn't notice the hole at all. Very nicely made saddles.
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                      • #12
                        Do you really think that the saddle keeps the horse cool though? I'm skeptical..


                        • #13
                          Ventilation holes are all the rage nowadays. Next will be XC vests with holes in them.

                          I think they're nice (sat in one, once) and would not hesitate to try and/or buy one if I was shopping, but not because they have holes in them.
                          Click here before you buy.


                          • #14
                            sat in one at Rolex, did like it, but ended up with a Prestige instead


                            • #15
                              stubben make a biomex seat.
                              it's the same concept for butt pain.

                              the hole seems a little dramatic for me. a little too much gingerbread there.
                              Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                              • #16
                                I could care less about the holes, but I am interested in trying one just because I think I can get the things I want without spending scary gobs of money. Everyone I know who has one seems to be happy with it.


                                • #17
                                  I don't think the seat hole is there for pain relief - I think it's there to aid in ventilation and air flow. As far as that goes.....

                                  I have one - got it super-cheap off Ebay from a woman who was going to sell them, but deecided not to sell saddles at all. She was going to keep it for her horsee, but apparently the gullets don't get wide enough for her mare. I noticed the hole in the seat the first couple of rides, and now I don't notice it at all. I find it similar to a bike saddle. The balance is very similar to my old Devoucoux Biarritz, but it seems to fit the horses better. The leather is quite nice and the calfskin is very tacky. Their standard flap isn't very forward - in order to get a more forward flap, you need to pay more. Regarding air flow, yes, it does help in ventilation as long as you use a simple saddle pad and saddle. Since my boy is quite partial to his Ecogold half-pad, I don't notice that much of a difference in sweat on his back. The one time I went without my EG pad, I did notice far less sweat. But that's not why I bought the thing.

                                  The saddles are going up in price $500 after the end of May, so if you are looking, I'd buy now. Pictures of my saddle can be seen here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...3827888&type=3.
                                  "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison

                                  So, the Zen Buddhist says to the hotdog vendor, "Make me one with everything."


                                  • #18
                                    afaik, the Forward flap is the same price as the standard flap.


                                    • #19
                                      how much do they cost brand new ... ballpark ... just curious


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by mademoiselle View Post
                                        how much do they cost brand new ... ballpark ... just curious
                                        Looks like they are from $1950 to $3,500 depending on the saddle, leather, etc. It looks like you can order them from BoB: