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  • Saddle suggestions for long legs

    I know this was posted a while back, but I can't find the thread. If anyone can refer me to the thread, that would be great! If not, I have a new horse coming, who's built waay differently from my other guy, so time for new saddles! I have very long thighs. I am currently riding in an albion (custom - extra forward) & it's okay, but am interested in trying other options for both jumping and dressage. Suggestions? Thanks!
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  • #2
    I have a very tall son that events - long legs - we had the stubben rep out - he checked the horse and measured my son - so a 19" long flap saddle was in order for dressage and the cc saddle is also 19".

    Stubben is very good at customizing the saddle with enough options available and not the custom price. jmo


    • #3
      Stubben's great for fitting you and the horse, but if your budget doesn't allow for a custom or special order in most brand$, check out Berney Bros. saddles. I have a freaky long thigh and got a special order BB for half the price of anything else out there. It's not the fanciest saddle, but it's a good saddle. I love it, and use it for most of my riding because it fits me so much better than my other saddles and it lets me shorten or lengthen my stirrups for dressage or seriously short for gallop/jump work.


      • #4
        I didn't care for the Stubben. Even with the extra forward flap it put me in a chair seat.

        What's worked for me has been:

        - old style Ainsley Chester
        - County Extreme (this model is discontinued but you can still find them)
        - Wintec Pro XC (discontinued but they pop up occasionally).

        I use the last two right now for Foxhunting.

        I think that some of the newer Bates saddles have very forward flap options. I did a test ride in a Bates cc last week and was pleasantly surprised by how balanced it felt.

        I haven't ridden in the Berney Brothers saddle but it looks like it would work. Likewise, the Barnsby Diablo.

        I tried the Jeffries Flyover and liked that. That saddle rides small so you generally need to go up a seat size to be comfortable.

        Other saddles that didn't quite work for me were the Schleese Peter Gray (loved it on the flat but couldn't jump in it), the Ainsley Pro-National, Passier Military. They were all nice saddles with pretty forward flaps but somehow the balance point wasn't right for jumping.

        Good luck!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bogie View Post
          I haven't ridden in the Berney Brothers saddle but it looks like it would work. Likewise, the Barnsby Diablo.
          I am long from hip to knee, and ride in a Barnsby Diablo and totally love it - it's the first saddle I have found that really helps me keep my leg under me. Would recommend giving it a try! I think SmartPak has a test ride on this guy...
          "This thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down" - Mary Pickford


          • #6
            With most used saddle sites they list flap sizes and offer trials. Take a spin in a few..... before you make a purchase.


            • #7
              There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)


              • #8
                I love my Barnsby Diablo. Right off the rack the flap is long enough for me. It fits both my horses who have to different shaped withers with different types of pads. Has gone through rain, sleet and snow and looks great!


                • #9
                  I rode in an Ainsley, which worked perfectly for my extremely long thigh. I think I spent a good 6-9 months looking for a saddle that fit! It's actually for sale right now as I don't have a horse anymore... PM me if you're interested


                  • #10
                    I have a crazy long thigh too -- I am pretty happy at the moment with my 18" Collegiate CC (to accomodate the thigh) with a long flap.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PugetSounder View Post
                      Stubben's great for fitting you and the horse
                      Ha ha ha ha ha..... no.

                      Stubben factory rep came down with a car load of dressage saddles. Had DW sit in no less than six of them and picked the tree size for the horse at the same time. He had PLENTY of time and was there for about two hours working with DW.

                      He confidently said that she needed X dressage saddle b/c of her long legs (didn't actually measure though) and that the horse needed Y tree size. We agreed and things looked good, so we ordered the saddle.

                      Saddle comes in and she starts using it. It did NOTHING to help her leg position and I think was actually worse. She's 57cm in the thigh and 50cm in the calf and has always had trouble with chair seating. Still convinced that it's supposed to be the right saddle b/c the "expert" said so... we continue on.

                      After about six months we keep having back soreness issues with her horse. While we try to figure out what is causing it, dumb luck, she rides in my dressage saddle a couple of times. We start to notice that the horse is never sore after work in her Stubben jump or my new Courbette dressage saddle. As the pieces come together, it becomes very clear to us... the saddle didn't fit either of them.

                      After it sitting in our tack room for about two and a half years being unused, it finally sold... for ~20% of it's new purchase price with only six months of use.

                      Both of us have stubben jump saddles, but we won't spend any more money on their tack ever again. (ok, sorry... rant over... back to saddle shopping on the schleese website)
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                      • #12
                        warning -- mild hijack

                        Originally posted by wlrottge View Post
                        Ha ha ha ha ha..... no.

                        Both of us have stubben jump saddles, but we won't spend any more money on their tack ever again. (ok, sorry... rant over... back to saddle shopping on the schleese website)
                        Careful with that Schleese thing.... IMHO, "Ha ha ha ha, no" applies to them too. Not so much the saddles themselves, but scheduling refit after refit ain't no fun (and ain't cheap) either. I've had a dressage saddle 15 months, this will be my 4th adjustment, including sending it back to the factory to "undo" a fitting. Horse liked it again after the "undoing" but for that much money, I want to LOVE it too.

                        OK, now back on track to the OP: Pessoa Legacy Event jump saddle suits my long thigh. Also, rode in an older Ainsley Chester a while back while trying a horse. Didn't like the horse, but fond memories of that saddle have stayed with me since!
                        <<Reste sur le cheval.>>


                        • #13
                          I had my Schleese saddle fitted by my regular saddle fitter. Mine was wool flocked. It fit my horse very nicely, just didn't work for the length of my femur.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by EmmyTheHemi View Post
                            Careful with that Schleese thing.... IMHO, "Ha ha ha ha, no" applies to them too. Not so much the saddles themselves, but scheduling refit after refit ain't no fun (and ain't cheap) either.
                            Yeah, I've heard those things... if it does not pass the BS smell-o-meter, it's not happening. We've made enough mistakes with dressage saddles over the last seven years that I think we've nearly made them all and HOPEFULLY, between our experience and a trainer that we can trust... the next one is right.

                            Back to the long leg thread.... we're listening ;-) more suggestions, please!
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