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  • #21
    My saddle fitter recommended getting a ProLite adjustable pad to use under my foam filled saddle until I found a better saddle for my mare.

    http://www.prolitepads.com/products/...adjustable.htm

    However, this saddle pad has been wonderful and my mare is going better than ever, with no soreness. If the saddle fits you but needs to fit your horse better, maybe something like this would be worth a try.

    I have had many different custom fit wool stuffed saddles over the years and this has been the most comfortable my mare has ever been.

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    • #22
      I second -- or third -- the suggestion of getting a good saddle fitter out to look at your horse and suggest what saddles might work for him.

      He still looks (from the photos) like he has room to muscle up so it may be worth buying something he can grow into and invest in a good padding system.

      As for your Premia? They are selling new at SmartPak for $1200 so I think that realistically you are looking at $700-$800 in today's used market.

      My experience is that once a horse is grown and in regular work, they stay more or less the same size and fit until the start to age . . . at that point they may narrow out a bit.

      I still will not buy another foam saddle though -- my own TB changed just enough so that his Stackhouse saddle failed to fit after a bit more than a year. My wool saddles were fine, but my Stackhouse was making him sore. He was 12 and had not noticeably changed shape!
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      • #23
        Originally posted by Bogie View Post

        As for your Premia? They are selling new at SmartPak for $1200 so I think that realistically you are looking at $700-$800 in today's used market.

        OP does have the adjustable tree but it's easy to find new for $1500-$1700. I still wouldn't plan on being over $1000. Good luck!
        The rebel in the grey shirt

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        • #24
          Originally posted by sarah88 View Post
          I have a Stubben Genesis Dressage saddle that I am in love with (the balance, the quality and super durability are awesome!) The rep was just out recently to check fit and they have some very nice jump saddles these days!
          I LOVE my Stubben Roxanne jump saddle and my Stubben Maestoso dressage saddle. Both bought for under 2k almost brand, in absolutely perfect condition. I take pretty good care of them, but they both look basically brand new 1.5 years later. Everyone who gets in my Roxanne raves about it, although I have a friend who doesn't like such a deep seat and loves her Stubben Portos (foam panels, however, so you have to decide how you feel about that). Overall, can't recommend this brand highly enough. Super quality at a reasonable mid-point price range.

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          • #25
            As a County Fan over here I would consider looking into them - wool flocking is the way to go IMO - especially if you think your horse might build muscle and change in the next while. I knew my horse would change but wasn't expecting anything drastic so I felt safe going custom knowing you can alter the flocking but not the tree (unless you buy it new and pay to have it replaced in the first year due to fit change).

            That said they aren't cheap. You might be able to find an older model or a used one in that range though. I know when I was looking there were quite a few Innovations and Conquests out there. I of course ended up going with their new model Sensation because it was a much better fit for my horse and I.

            Good luck selling your current saddle and finding a new one that works. As others have said find a good fitter and go from there!
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              #26
              I just wanted to make sure that no one was looking at the pictures of him looking all fuzzy and crappy and thinking they were current... those are old before I changed his diet and treated his ulcers (I was helping someone else make a decision about treating her horse's ulcers...)
              That being said, I have contacted the saddle fitter (she has not gotten back to me yet) and I am trying to find a place to let me trial a few saddles that have been recommended by people on this thread. I am still overwhelmed but I think I'm doing a little better. I have to admit I'm a little bummed that my saddle is not going to sell for what I was hoping (I paid 1800 for it )... oh well, live and learn I guess
              Thanks again for all the help and keep the suggestions coming!!

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                #27
                I just wanted to make sure that no one was looking at the pictures of him looking all fuzzy and crappy and thinking they were current... those are old before I changed his diet and treated his ulcers (I was helping someone else make a decision about treating her horse's ulcers...)
                That being said, I have contacted the saddle fitter (she has not gotten back to me yet) and I am trying to find a place to let me trial a few saddles that have been recommended by people on this thread. I am still overwhelmed but I think I'm doing a little better. I have to admit I'm a little bummed that my saddle is not going to sell for what I was hoping (I paid 1800 for it )... oh well, live and learn I guess
                Thanks again for all the help and keep the suggestions coming!!

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                • #28
                  Looking at your photos, a Black Country Ricochet, Quantum with Trapezius panels and wither gussets, or a BC Wexford would all be possibilities. The Ricochet and Wexford both have k panels that offer more depth of panel in the front, providing support to balance the saddle without constricting movement. The Quantum with trapezius panels and wither gussets are more specific to the hollows. They are all just over or below your budget depending on whether they are new, demo saddles or used. Trumbull Mtn carries them.
                  Jay McGarry
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                  www.trumbullmtn.com
                  800-442-9672

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                  • #29
                    How does one go about finding a saddle-fitter?

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                    • #30
                      Originally posted by Katyusha View Post
                      How does one go about finding a saddle-fitter?
                      Some have websites that you can find by googling "your location" + "saddle fitter", others you know by word-of-mouth. If you say where you are located, maybe someone in that area could point you in the right direction.
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                      • #31
                        Originally posted by Starhouse View Post
                        Some have websites that you can find by googling "your location" + "saddle fitter", others you know by word-of-mouth. If you say where you are located, maybe someone in that area could point you in the right direction.
                        Thank you!

                        I'm in Middleburg, VA if anybody can recommend someone.

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