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Updated post 1* Berney Bros Saddles, Anyone have one? Opinions?

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  • Updated post 1* Berney Bros Saddles, Anyone have one? Opinions?

    I've got a line on a used BB saddle in very good shape at a very good price. I did a search and found a thread from years ago and most opinions were favorable. I'm not sure of the model of the one I'm looking at, fairly forward flaps and the ad says eventing saddle so draw your own conclusions.

    Anyone have one? Likes? Dislikes? I've tried a BB on my mare before and it fit her very well so hoping this will be good too. My current saddle fits okay, not great, just okay.

    Update- Rode mare in it yesterday at a XC schooling and love it! I felt very secure and stable and it fits mare to a "T". It definitely isn't the most comfortable saddle as mentioned but who cares. Time to put the Toulouse on the market.
    Last edited by Mtn trails; Jul. 16, 2012, 05:10 PM.
    Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert

  • #2
    I have 2! Both Dublin Jumpers (maybe what you have--forward flaps, longish flattish seat).

    I like the forward flaps, great for xc length, and I like the overall balance (it doesn't force you in position with blocks, etc.) They are also priced very reasonably.

    The only real negative I can think of is that the seat is very hard. They also, IME, run narrow in the tree.


    • #3
      I have one. Use it to hunt in. Love it. The county rep reflocked it for me.


      • #4
        Rode in them while I was foxhunting in Ireland and glad I did !


        • #5
          evented for several years in one, including a couple of long format CCI*. Really liked it, though now when I sit in them, I find them a little hard in comparison to my current saddle, but I think they can't be beat for the price. Make sure it is a model with a wide enough spine channel. Some of the really old ones are a bit tight.
          OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


          • #6
            I have loved every one (especially my old one...I died a little when it bit the dust), with the exception of the one I currently have. They are well balanced and tough as nails. My old boss said you will lose interest in your Berney Bros long before it is worn out (with the exception, of course, of my dearly departed one ). The one I have right now is supposed to be a prototype monoflap that was as forward as my old one (a TW- very similar to the Dublin Jumper but a little less knee roll/block). Well, it is pretty much exactly like the Olympic (I think that's what the monoflap is called, but don't quote me), which I have always hated. This one is OK, but has just never felt 100% right to me. Every other one I have ridden in (lots of DJs and TWs and whatever they call the less forward show jumping one) have been GREAT.


            • #7
              Ahh, yes. Scubed reminded me of something. They are not soft and squishy like the trendier saddles. The leather is tough as nails and they aren't exactly squishy on your tush. My butt definitely gets a little tired on long hacks or if sitting around a lot (ala jumper shows). Just know that going into them. If you are all about soft, French leather and squishy, cushy seats, you will not like it at all. My argument for this complaint is that they are CROSS COUNTRY saddles. They are meant for galloping and hunting and jumping at speed. Your butt really is meant to spend a lot of time in it!!!


              • #8
                Love my DJ, but like others have written, it isn't a "soft and squishy" saddle.

                It is, however a RockStarSaddle with the forward knee rolls for jumping down banks or over something into water, etc.


                • Original Poster

                  Originally posted by yellowbritches View Post
                  Ahh, yes. Scubed reminded me of something. They are not soft and squishy like the trendier saddles. The leather is tough as nails and they aren't exactly squishy on your tush. My butt definitely gets a little tired on long hacks or if sitting around a lot (ala jumper shows). Just know that going into them. If you are all about soft, French leather and squishy, cushy seats, you will not like it at all. My argument for this complaint is that they are CROSS COUNTRY saddles. They are meant for galloping and hunting and jumping at speed. Your butt really is meant to spend a lot of time in it!!!
                  Butt comfort is not at the top of the list as far as requirements. I don't plan to spend a lot of time on my butt as it's going to be used for all jumping activities including cross country. Plus, I've got a fair amount of "padding" of my own.
                  Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert


                  • #10
                    My friend just got one last week and he loves it. The price was great and the customer service was excellent. He got the Dublin jumper.


                    • #11
                      Hard as a rock, flat as a board, nicely forward and kept my feet slightly on the dashboard, which I love. Rode Gwen in one the whole time I had her, and sadly sold it when I realized it wouldn't fit anyone else.

                      If they made a wide gullet, wide tree I would seriously buy another one in a heartbeat. But I am not looking for any more saddles, thankyouverymuch!

                      It's very much a preference thing, but I adored mine.
                      Click here before you buy.


                      • #12
                        I had a Tom Waters. On my horse, it put me in a chair seat, but maybe it just didn't work on him. It was nicely made, and I sold it for about what I had paid. So, if you can get it for a reasonable price, you can probably re-sell it for about what you pay.


                        • #13
                          Have had a Dublin Jumper for over 10 years now. LOVE It!!
                          "Of course it's hard. It's supposed to be hard. It's the Hard that makes it great."

                          "Get up... Get out... Get Drunk. Repeat as needed." -- Spike


                          • #14
                            I have one - don't know the model - I bought from a friend for $100. It does have a narrow tree, which I like as I've used it to start OTTBs & lots of them could go thru the eye of a needle. It's not very soft, but it wears like iron and keeps you pretty safe. I like it a lot, but it doesn't fit the horse I'm showing now.


                            • #15
                              Learned about Berney Bros on this very BB a few years back. Had one custom made for my horse, got it in about 4 weeks. That is faster than any Dover order LOL! Great to work with, sent pictures, tracings, measurements, etc. Fits perfect. Price wasn't too bad either at the time.


                              • #16
                                Berney Bros contact information again, please. How can you do better than a custom made saddle for less than 1500 that is actually made in Ireland and well loved by so many event riders?

                                I'd like to order one for me. Suggest a model. TB with withers, compact build, and has been out of work for quite a while. Araby looking build. I'm long in the femur but short in the leg. I also have a huge butt. Looking for a XC saddle primarily. Loved the balance of a Roxane S, which put me in the "right" position.

                                Here's the horse:
                                Attached Files
                                "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
                                Thread killer Extraordinaire


                                • #17
                                  I've spent 99.9% of my riding life in a Berney. Currently, I have both the GP & Dressage saddles.

                                  Fab quality, fair price, matches well with my Bartville bridle & breastplate.
                                  All my tack is “workman” like! Made to last in all weather, year in year out.
                                  "Dressage" is just a fancy word for flatwork


                                  • #18
                                    I have a wide tree International that I have jumped in for over 10 years now. If something ever happened to this saddle, I would just roll over and die!! I also got a wide tree dressage saddle made by BB. Love it........ it's like butt chocolate. Doesn't have all the bric-brac alot of dressage saddles have but I like that as I need to be able to move more in it. One of these days, if I find the right one, I am going to buy the close contact model for stadium jumping as my International gets alittle deep at times if jumping over like 3'6". Also I have found that with the wide tree saddle, if I am riding someone who needs something alittle narrower, I can just add a half pad or a shim and it fits great. I loooooooovvvvveeee these saddles!!!!

                                    ~ Jus Passed My Zipper aka Spanky, 11yo QH gelding.
                                    ~ Muskogee, 2yo Oldenburg Colt.


                                    • #19
                                      Berney Brothers

                                      I have an all purpose that I've ridden in for some time, both stadium and CC and I love this saddle. Everyone is right, it has a 'firm' seat but that never worried me and since I got it for a 'song' on ebay several years ago and it actually fit my hard to fit TB....well... bonus.

                                      I would seriously consider, when the time is right, ordering a custom from them. Both Dressage and a non-all purpose jumping model.

                                      Maybe you could find someone in your area that has one you could try or sit/ride in.


                                      • #20

                                        When I purchased mine, we did everything by e-mail. They were Awesome!

                                        Another saddle I love for dressage is the Spirig. Found mine on E-Bay, fit my young horse like a glove. Doesn't fit the horse I am leasing now