• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Help me decide on a saddle!

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Help me decide on a saddle!

    Hi everyone! I won't trouble you with the detailed stories from trying saddles, but essentially, I am stuck between ordering a saddle from CWD or Antares. I have listed the pros and cons of each below. Please help me decide which is the right choice!


    Most detailed fitting- fitter spent a lot of time fitting to my horse as well as myself. Really was a perfectionist about finding the right combination of flap length, flap position, seat size, seat depth, and paneling.
    Offered the buffalo option I wanted for free

    Nearest rep is 5 hours away, so any fitting issues I may have will mainly be communicated over the phone or email
    The closest saddle to what I would be ordering was brand new, so it was hard for me to visualize whether I really was comfortable and secure in the saddle.
    Would have to pay for new stirrup leathers on top of the price of the saddle.
    No trade in option for my current saddle.

    Rep let me ride in the demo saddle for a couple weeks, and I really loved riding in it. Felt secure and really loved my leg position in the saddle. Very well loved demo so it was super comfortable!
    Rep is very local and has been able to visit my barn personally multiple times since my initial fitting. Very nice and I feel would be very helpful if I ever had fitting issues in the future.
    Free stirrup leathers!
    Offered trade in for my saddle

    Although he spent a decent amount of time fitting, I felt much more confident in the Antares' salesman's fitting job.
    Only had me sit in one seat before declaring that was the right depth and size for me.
    Didn't get to try out multiple flaps, including the one I would be ordering.
    Only has full buffalo option (+$800), and has offered no discount.

    Very torn between the two so advice is welcomed!

    The poll is expired.

  • #2
    Why don't you save the money and ask if you could buy the demo CWD that you loved? Just a random thought!
    Von Hendrix aka Jimi


    • #3
      I'd go with the Antares. Fitting the horse is always my top concern and they generally do a great job with the rider. Antares also last forever and hold their value, we recently bought one for my sister that was 10 years old and we still paid 2,400 for it. Antares also will do a trade in if you need a saddle for a new horse in a year or two and they do well via long distance.


      • #4
        I'm an Antares fan. The rep lived several hours away from me and they were super helpful in correcting fitting issues once I received the saddle. First with photos, then when I still didn't feel right they came right out to fix it.
        Plus I simply loved the Antares over the CWDs.


        • #5
          I'm a big time CWD fan. On my second now and even new and unbroken in I love it! I've never ridden on an Antares that fit me properly and the tree shape just dosent work for my horse. Every encounter I have had with my CWD fitter has been super! She did a great job fitting the saddle to my horse. When my old saddle didn't fit my horse right the problem was fixed quickly and I haven't had an issue since.
          Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others.


          • #6
            You could not pry my Antares out of my cold, dead hands

            That said, I bought it lightly used so I have no experience with the rep or a perfectly custom fit (though it's pretty dang close!)
            Fils Du Reverdy (Revy)- 1993 Selle Francais Gelding
            My equine soulmate
            Mischief Managed (Tully)- JC Priceless Jewel 2002 TB Gelding


            • #7
              I chose CWD and loved it, never had a single complaint about it. But, fitting your horse is the first priority and if you feel the Antares rep gives you the best fitting saddle for your horse than go with Antares.


              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by mckenna310 View Post
                Why don't you save the money and ask if you could buy the demo CWD that you loved? Just a random thought!
                Great suggestion, even crossed my mind as well. Unfortunately, the flap is not forward enough for me and it needs adjustments to the panels to fit my horse properly.


                • #9
                  I have both. Antares in a heartbeat.


                  • #10
                    Love my Antares.
                    You don't scare me. I ride a MARE!


                    • #11
                      I don't think you can ask others what saddle is the best fit for you. Only you can make that decision. Go with your gut. You own a saddle for a long time. Don't chintz.


                      • #12
                        Ditto monalisa. Pick the saddle that fits you and your horse.
                        Kitt Hazelton
                        Saddle Fitter


                        • Original Poster

                          Originally posted by monalisa View Post
                          I don't think you can ask others what saddle is the best fit for you. Only you can make that decision. Go with your gut. You own a saddle for a long time. Don't chintz.
                          Oh I absolutely agree. The reason I posted this is I really liked both of these brands, and am equally torn between the too, so I was wondering what others felt was more valuable, an intensive fitting vs. a local rep for example. I eliminated many many brands to get to these final two. Basically, either of these I'd be thrilled with, but I'm struggling with making the final decision.


                          • #14
                            I liked both so went to WEF to try those two and Devoucoux. Ended up selecting the CWD. I liked the salesmanship, customer service, the knowledge the rep had and shared about the line and the saddle that I chose and I loved the fit and feel of the saddle.

                            It has made a huge difference in my comfort in riding one horse in particular at my barn and I can (as corny as this sounds) feel his movement is much freer in the shoulder than in my last saddle (a Dover Circuit Elite).

                            I got a free girth, free leathers, free name plate (that's pretty much standard) chose the hide (I got the SE01 in calf), color, seat size, flap size, type of blocks and size of blocks. I'm thrilled with my purchase.

                            Someone told me that they all give you free leathers and girth yet when I went to Devoucoux and Antares, they did not offer that to me. And, a friend in my barn bought two Devoucoux less than 12 mos apart from each other and they didn't give her free anything.

                            "If you have the time, spend it. If you have a hand, lend it. If you have the money, give it. If you have a heart, share it." by me


                            • #15
                              The CWD stirrup leathers suck. Get some with flat buckles for half the money.

                              Go with the company that worked hard to fit your horse.

                              In my experience CWD doesn't give a darn once you pay. Antares has always been super to me making my saddles from them fit. And if they offered you buffalo for free that's a stellar deal.
                              friend of bar.ka.


                              • #16
                                Don't rush to decide - it's OK to call up both companies & ask for another demo saddle to ride: as both reps have measured you & your horse, it should not be too difficult to have a demo shipped in for a longer trial - unless you or your horse are very unique, something should be available.

                                Don't get hung up on the "free" stirrup leathers/girth etc, these are part of the business model & built into the saddle price.

                                Do ask about the process involved in after delivery adjustments, e.g. if tree needs to be widened, panel needs to be adjusted, blocks aren't quite right, pommel is too high, twist is wider/narrower than the demo, flap is too short/long etc, horse is just not happy, rider is just not happy, trainer is just not happy etc, etc ...
                                Then get all those promises in writing

                                Then calculate downtime that might be involved with any adjustments (remember to include shipping costs & time), again ask for written confirmation - the more you have in writing, the less you can be affected by changes in company reps etc.

                                If you read the various threads on here, it will give you a feeling for things that might go wrong or that you may find you do not like in a saddle.

                                Do try to demo "new" saddles from both companies so you won't panic when your never been ridden in before saddle feels completely different from that long ago demo ride.

                                With the less local rep, ask for a schedule, what happens if you're the only booking? is the appointment cancelled/rebooked etc?
                                With the local rep, what happens if that rep leaves, how far away is the replacement?