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  • Best New Saddles

    I'm getting a new saddle before heading off to school next year so i was wondering what the best brands are. I know the school likes Antares, but i want to explore my options.

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  • #2
    I really like Black Country, (about to get one, and it's the most comfortable saddle I've ever sat in!) and if you can afford an Antares, you can definitely afford a Black Country. But, the best thing would to be to sit in a many different types of saddles as you can, and see what kind of saddle is comfortable for YOU. Also, if you're going to be riding a bunch of different horses in it, a changeable gullet would probably be a good idea.
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    • #3
      When I was a beginning rider, I loved my Antares. Lots of padding and it helped to keep my leg in the correct position. Now that I am a better rider, I have changed to a CWD and am very happy. They are less cushy, less like a couch, and easier to get out of for jumping (at least for me). I can get my leg where it needs to be without any 'guides'.

      Anyway, the best advice to find a saddle has already been given. Be sure to try as many saddle brands as possible.

      Good luck.


      • #4
        Second the CWD!

        The rep will come out and watch you ride and help you decide what options you want to customize it for you. I'm assuming you dont have your own horse so they have something called ProPanels that are designed to fit a wide range of horses and can be used with padding as a supplement to fit literally any horse. Love mine! Like 3 said, mush less bulk, easier to get out of the saddle and use your position. I tried the Antares when I was looking but too much bulk for my taste...I couldnt move CWD is the same price as Antares.


        • #5
          I second the Black Country - very well made, classy saddles. Also, the most comfortable I've ever used.


          • #6
            I like the Black Countrys as well, but my real favorite is the Albion.

            They have a new H/J model out called the Jewel (Joule?) that just rides like a dream.

            Imo both the Black Countrys and the Albions are better quality than Antares/CWD/L'Apogee/Devoucoux etc, and they are cheaper to boot. Then again my motto is to stay away from anything foam filled and French so...
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            • #7
              I would agree that the CWD is a nice saddle. I have no excuse to buy a new saddle, but this brand would be high on my list if I was shopping.

              I love my DelGrange. That saddle will be buried with me.

              My Tad Coffin I have so-so feelings about. It's hard as a rock. But it fits my mare, so there you go.

              Several people have the Antares at my barn. Nice saddle, also. Reminds me a lot of the DelGrange when I rode in one.

              I'm not a Butet fan, but boy, what a beautiful saddle.


              • #8
                The new CWDs are great!! And I also like the devoucoux
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                • #9
                  I love my trainer's Delgrange. It's really old and nice and broken in though, so I don't have any opinion on how it would feel new... i know that they're in the same price-range as any other high-end brands. It's a couch but still has basically no padding... wonder how they managed it.
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                  • #10
                    I love my County saddle! You should have the rep bring you some saddles to try.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Go Fish View Post
                      I would agree that the CWD is a nice saddle. I have no excuse to buy a new saddle, but this brand would be high on my list if I was shopping.

                      I love my DelGrange. That saddle will be buried with me.

                      My Tad Coffin I have so-so feelings about. It's hard as a rock. But it fits my mare, so there you go.

                      Several people have the Antares at my barn. Nice saddle, also. Reminds me a lot of the DelGrange when I rode in one.

                      I'm not a Butet fan, but boy, what a beautiful saddle.
                      I second that! I love mine!
                      Devoucoux's are really nice too.


                      • #12
                        The best saddle is the saddle that fits you AND your horse. I hate statements like "my school/trainer/barn wants me to use Brand X" . . . Brand X might be a great saddle, but if it doesn't fit your horse, then it's a disaster. Or Brand X may fit your horse, but not fit YOU. Everyone has different anatomy and the twist or balance or whatever might not be right for you.

                        As said before, don't look for the "in" saddle. Look for one that works!! I have Black Country and love it. I had an Antares and loved it but it did not and would not ever fit my horse. I had an Albion, it practically gave me a rearrangement of my girlie bits.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by hollyhorse2000 View Post
                          I had an Albion, it practically gave me a rearrangement of my girlie bits.
                          Love it!! I had that problem with my Delgrange!!

                          I'd agree with the above, the saddle has to fit you and your horse well. Who cares what brand it is, so long as you both are comfy!

                          Trumbull Mountain has great customer service, if you're looking at BC's


                          • #14
                            I love my Richard Castelow

                            I have had Antares , County , Beval , Bates, Barnsby

                            Richard Castelow fits BOTH rider and horse. There is an awesome bio on here about him . the craftsmanship is SUPERB