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Saddle shopping for a classic TB-- need both jump and dressage and I'm SHORT! help!

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  • #21
    Originally posted by Alterageous View Post
    I have given that some thought. I am having a hard time finding any, though, except for what stubben has available used, and keeping in mind that my butt needs to hurt less, not more.

    I did just pick up a cheap(er) jumping saddle on ebay that I know will fit this horse, and that will tide me over until I decide what to do and how much to really spend on this adventure.
    A word on Stubbens: To be perfectly fair here, my ancient Sigfried II is like sitting on a 2x4. I would be sore for a couple weeks when I started riding in it again, but got used to it pretty quickly. I have since sold it to a friend since the shorter tree points on it poked my guy in the shoulder and her horse goes very well in it.

    However, the newer two are significantly more comfortable. The Roxane (probably 5-10 years old) is incredibly comfortable. I foxhunt in it and have never been sore (okay, due to the saddle at least!) even after a 2-3 hour hunt.

    The older Aramis (probably 15-20yo dressage model, on the same tree as the old Tristans, but with upgraded leather and a softer seat) is quite comfortable as well. I've done several endurance rides in it and haven't been sore due to the saddle.

    Stubben also has the Biomex seat as an option for the newer saddles. It puts a little cushion right under your seat bones and is their answer to the really cushy seats people seem to be going for without getting too far away from the Stubben model of being a rather close contact brand. Its supposed to be really comfortable, though I've never ridden in one with the Biomex.

    Check out eBay. There are always a TON of used Stubbens there that are pretty inexpensive.

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    • #22
      Have you thought about talkking to someone who does saddle repair and tell them the issue with the saddle having a hard seat? They may be able to fluff it back up or add something to it, worth a shot? Also i have back problems and just replaced my crosby which didnt fit me to begin with but i had some bad hurt in that saddle after each ride and now i have to consider getting an orthotic butt pad lol, i know thats not what its called but sounded more fitting hehe. Anyways have you considered one of the orthotic seat saver types of things or sat in one? Im considering getting one not only to extend the life of my new saddle but also to absorb the shock my ottb throws out with his rather springy trot lol

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        #23
        Originally posted by Ostara View Post
        Have you thought about talkking to someone who does saddle repair and tell them the issue with the saddle having a hard seat? They may be able to fluff it back up or add something to it, worth a shot? Also i have back problems and just replaced my crosby which didnt fit me to begin with but i had some bad hurt in that saddle after each ride and now i have to consider getting an orthotic butt pad lol, i know thats not what its called but sounded more fitting hehe. Anyways have you considered one of the orthotic seat saver types of things or sat in one? Im considering getting one not only to extend the life of my new saddle but also to absorb the shock my ottb throws out with his rather springy trot lol
        Not worth the $600 for a reseat for a saddle that's only worth $300 tops and has zero in the way of support, which I need now. The gel seat savers put me up somewhere about a foot above my saddle-- they're not a really good match for this tpye of saddle.
        Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
        you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.

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        • #24
          I am five two and my horse has a high wither, dippy back combination. I started out with him in a Crosby Mark 6 but as his physique changed from racehorse to riding horse that saddle no longer worked at all..I am in a Vega Jumping saddle and love it fwiw.

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          • #25
            Spend the money on what you'll be spending the majority of time in - get a synthetic version of the other.

            My most expensive saddle is my jump saddle, since I spend 75% of my time in that. My dressage saddle is an Innova - got it on the cheap at a local consignment store, and I dearly love that thing (and probably would have paid full price for it, since I have come to love it that much!) but if I couldn't afford the retail price, I probably would have bought the Wintec version of it.
            "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."

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            • #26
              I am also under 5 feet.

              A couple years ago I bought a Thorowgood Cob (but they make a TB version too) in a 17" seat and the flaps were surprisingly ok. It's a synthetic saddle with wool flocking about $800 new. I also have a Luc Childeric Model M with their shortest and straightest flap, but that is $$$$. And, finally, just ordered a black country wexford with custom short flaps -- custom is no more expensive than list price -- but the regular (non custom flap) was only maybe 1" too long, so no big deal but since I was ordering new and it was no extra cost, I decided to do custom. Anyway, you may be able find any of these models used.

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              • #27
                Alterageous
                I am also vertically challenged. I worked with Lynnda also, and she put me in an HDR Austal dressage saddle. it fits me wonderfully! Yes the flaps are a bit longer thank I would prefer but they are workable, and much better than anything I have ridden in in the last 10 years so... Unfortunately I have a large tush so need big seat which means longer flaps.

                Good luck to you. Let us know what you end up with.

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