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Should I buy a stubben saddle or antares saddle?

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  • Should I buy a stubben saddle or antares saddle?

    I am trying to decide between buying a Stuben saddle or Antares saddle. I am a 16.5" to 17" seat and I ride hunter/jumper. I own a 16.1 hand throughbred but she has a wide body she is built more like a warmblood. I welcome any insight anyone has on this.

  • #2
    You had to ask that question...?

    Antares all the way. Though the stubben will last 10x longer. A lot of the stubbens though are not "hunter" style. I like the way that I ride in a stubben but it is a bit like a rock compared to the antares. There are also less custom options for the rider like flap length and leather type. Stubbens are also cheaper. A new stubben costs less then a used Antares. Depends on what you like more. Try both out. Any models that you were looking at in the stubben? They make a ton.
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    • Original Poster

      It would be the choice between a used Antares and a new Stubben. I am just trying to make the right decision because this would be the first time that I have bought a really nice saddle befor they have always been saddles that were below a $1000 in price. A few years ago I had a rep come and do customization to my horse of a stubben and it felt great but i rode in my trainers antares last week and my seat and ride ability changed in an instance.


      • #4
        Why don't you have both the antares rep and the stubben rep come out and ride in both within the week and see what fits you best? Then you can have it fitted to your horse after that. The reps are super easy to work with and the antares reps always have used saddles on hand. Both are nice saddles in heir own respect. Depends on what you really want and what really fits you in the end.
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        • Original Poster

          Thats a great idea but just from your opinion if you had to choose between the two which one would you choose in the part of quality, comfort,duration?


          • #6
            I have never ridden in a Stubben that didn't cause me discomfort, I actually went bare back for a month while waiting for my Amerigo as opposed to buying a Stubben right away. Definitely my least favorite saddle brand. However you should definitely try both and pick which ever one fits you and your horse.


            • #7
              I have never been in a Stubben, but I do like Antares. Why not ask to have both on a trial and see what fits you and your horse better with your trainers insight?


              • #8
                Don't know about Antares, but all the Stubbens I've ridden in were rock hard, flat, blockless, and super well balanced. I like them a lot, even compared to the super cushy Devocoux I've ridden in a couple times.

                Depends on what you like. Opposite ends of the spectrum.


                • #9
                  The Antares are certainly more of a luxury saddle, and definitely more in vogue in the hunter world right now. Stubbens aren't fashionable, but they will last forever.

                  If the fit on the horse is equal, go with the saddle that you find more comfortable. I have two mares that sound similar in shape to yours (though one is less beefy than the other) and Stubbens have been really useful saddles for fit.

                  I'd also consider that I've hear several people have trouble with their Antares if they're a bit hard on the leather -- it seems like it's not the kind of saddle you want to be caught in the rain while riding in. Stubbens, on the other had, will never die. Ever.

                  Really, it comes down to what works better for you and your horse. I really like Stubbens, and couldn't really care less about fashion (but I'm also planning on showing hunters in a 30 year old Passier event saddle this spring, so take it with a grain of salt if you will!)


                  • #10
                    The Stubben Edelweiss NT Deluxe is a really nice saddle. I also like the Stubben Portos very much. I have ridden in both(actually own two Edelweiss). Quite comfortable saddles and Stubben has a steller reputation.


                    • #11
                      I've had a Stubben Edelweiss since 2001 and it still looks brand new.

                      I LOVE Stubbens and would recommend them to anyone who wants an economical, long-wearing saddle. I see a lot say that Stubbens are uncomfortable, but mine I think is incredibly comfy and I mostly ride on long foxhunts now.

                      I have ridden in a friend's Antares and though I loved that one too, the only thing that I really loved about it was the thigh blocks, and those I am looking to see if they can be added to my Stubben.

                      I would like to try the new Biomex seat though as I do have scoliosis.. it looks interesting and I wonder how much a difference it does actually make.

                      Also, my Stubben has fit every horse I've thrown it on, from wide ponies to narrow TBs and it's a medium tree. It might not have been a *perfect* fit, but it fit well enough that the horse and myself were comfortable.

                      You need not to go with what's in Vogue, but what is best for you and your horse. I buy saddles to last and to fit my needs and the Stubben has certainly exceeded my expectations.
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                      • #12
                        Antares 100%. I was looking at Stubbens but they are all so hard and really uncomfortable, though like another said the Stubben will outlast the Antares since the leather is much tougher and less soft and buttery.

                        I did also have trouble with fitting the Stubben... as did many others I had spoken to.


                        • #13
                          I just sold a Stubben Siegfreid that I had from my jr. years (it was 40 years old ). Its a great saddle and will last forever, but I have to admit, after I bought my cushy CWD I found the Stubben to be like sitting on a brick. I like FLeventer's idea of getting both reps out and comparing what each has to offer.

                          And although I love Antares strap goods and their outstanding customer service, I've heard too many problems on this forum lately about their broken trees (on both new and used saddles), that would make me hesitate to buy one until I am sure the problem has been corrected.


                          • #14
                            Which one fits the horse?

                            That is the most important question right?
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                            • #15
                              I hate my antares. But then again, I have had a not so good experience with Antares,so I am biased.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by BAC View Post
                                ... and their outstanding customer service, I've heard too many problems on this forum lately about their broken trees (on both new and used saddles), that would make me hesitate to buy one until I am sure the problem has been corrected.
                                OUTSTANDING? No way. I would never use that word to describe Antares. I have been waiting since November to have the rep come out to re-fit my custom Antares, and even when they do come (scheduled for 2 weeks from today) they have to take the saddle with them to repair a latent defect in the leather on the seat padding.

                                NO WAY. three months to wait to be fit? Not outstanding. AND i am not even riding in the saddle b/c it hurts my horse's back.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Suzanne264 View Post
                                  I am trying to decide between buying a Stuben saddle or Antares saddle. I am a 16.5" to 17" seat and I ride hunter/jumper. I own a 16.1 hand throughbred but she has a wide body she is built more like a warmblood. I welcome any insight anyone has on this.
                                  A lot of this will depend on what fits you and your horse best.

                                  I have never had an Antares, but I have owned Stubbens all my life and recommend them for quality. People say the seats are hard, but I find my 70s-era Siegfried to be very comfortable and secure. If you want a more modern close-contact saddle, Stubben has the Portos and the Eidelweiss to chose from, both extremely well made, and the new Biomex seat option means that you don't have to have a hard seat. A Stubben will last a lifetime.

                                  Good luck.
                                  I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


                                  • #18
                                    I'm a Stubben girl all the way. They're certainly not like riding on a couch, but I don't find them uncomfortable at all.

                                    I have a dressage model and a jumping model that are both around 20 years old. I do endurance rides in the dressage one (an old Aramis). I beat the heck out of both of them and they still look nice enough to show in.


                                    • #19
                                      Short answer: Antares
                                      Obviously fit for you and the horse is very important, and based on that it could go either way. For me, I've never ridden in a Stubben that felt even 50% as nice as an Antares.


                                      • #20
                                        If you ever want to re sell the saddle you should go with the Antares. The stubben will be hard to re sell