• 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

Older Courbette Stylist~ opinions?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Older Courbette Stylist~ opinions?

    I just scored a Courbette Stylist on Ebay for $77. It's on older model, pancake flat close contact (see link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=280367739016)

    I bought it to save wear and tear on my good A/O and my sentimental PDN while breaking my new filly. Main objective with it is to teach her to carry a saddle up to the point we have walk/trot well in hand, and maybe our first few canters. After that I should be able to get my money out of it should I decide to get rid of it, LOL.

    Was wondering if anyone out there had experience with Courbette saddles, particularly this older model. Tell me the good, bad & ugly, likes & dislikes. Just curious to know if I got a good deal.
    Crayola posse~ orange yellow, official pilot
    Proud owner of "High Flight" & "Shorty"

  • #2
    Seems like you got a good deal. I have an older Courbette Derby, which per the website does not appear to be in production any more. It has knee pads but no blocks, pencil rolls, etc. Other than that, your Stylist looks very similar to my Derby in terms of panel shape and gullet width.

    I like my saddle well enough for the $$$ I paid ($250 from ebay). It's not cushy nor does it lock your leg into place. But I think it's comfy, and it's holding up great. For what I want to do (take 1 lesson per wk jumping 2'6" and hack around) it's been fine.

    At one point in the late 80's Courbette stuff was all the rage, especially strap goods. Now I barely see it and I feel like I NEVER hear anyone talk about the saddles. It would be interesting if PROTACKGUY had any commentary on history of the brand, or of the Stylist and Derby specifically.


    • #3
      I think you got a good deal. I have a Stylist I bought in 1984 and need to sell as I no longer do hunters. I was told to price it around $200. I LOVED mine and used it for everything. It has held up nicely. Maybe I should keep it for when my little 3 yo daughter wants to start riding?


      • Original Poster

        Thanks guys. I had a Courbette Alpina for a short time about 10 years ago, but it never fit me right, so I traded it to a friend not long after getting it. Believe it or not, I'm pleased to have found a classic close contact for so cheap. I've always broken my youngsters in them and feel like the added contact gives me a better feel of what the horse is doing. Could be just in my mind, though. Guess we'll find out soon enough!
        Crayola posse~ orange yellow, official pilot
        Proud owner of "High Flight" & "Shorty"


        • #5
          I have one sitting in my closet right now that I would like to unload, but not for $77 I did not like mine because I did not feel secure in it. Very flat with plain flaps and no knee rolls. The seat felt very slick like it would be a great launching pad for my butt if my horse ever put the breaks on too fast.


          Patience and Consistency are Your Friends


          • #6
            I had one of these and they are very durable. The leather is usually thick and strong.

            I never found it particularly comfortable for me. But it's still a good saddle (especially for $77)!


            • #7
              I have two of those saddles...both about 12 years old. One was one that I rode in for ~4 years and the other was my mom's over the same time period.

              In terms of how it fits horses it's been a great saddle. My M tree fits my horses in an identical manner to my County Stabilizer N tree saddle. In terms of what it's like to ride in.....I HATE it compared to nicer saddles (County, Devoucoux, Beval, etc.). It's got an oddly shaped seat (narrow towards the back) and is hard and slippery (though I never notice either of those facts in the midst of riding). I showed through the 4'9" jumpers in it, so I certainly can't say that it was impossible to ride in, but nothing could get me back into it happily.

              For breaking a horse....not a bad use and it has an "uncomplicated" shape that seems to fit a decent number of horses.
              Flying F Sport Horses
              Horses in the NW


              • #8
                Ahhh..... the Courbette Stylist..... snniiffff............ Had one of these for YEARS and love love lu-huuuuvvved it!
                Hard seat compared to the cushy ones these days, but it just had that "pocket", you know? That held you in just exactly the right position?
                And that slick leather can be remedied with proper leather care.
                Sold mine many moons ago, but I have a friend who specifically bought her Stylist because she liked mine so much. She still has hers. Brought back lots of memories when she and I reunited recently and I saw her in it. She loves hers to this day.
                Of course it doesn't have rolls and blocks and pads, but there once was a time when good riders didn't need all that stuff.
                And, hey, $77 for ANY piece of tack is a steal of a deal!