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Nicki
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United Kingdom

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Posted - 30 Apr 2009 :  7:28:40 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Nicki to your friends list Send Nicki a Private Message
I am starting to think about getting a new saddle. My current saddle is very old (just a gp, but great fit, no problems for horse or me). My biggest worry is to how to get a saddle that really fits. I fear I won't be able to tell for sure until I start riding in it, so if it makes my horse sore or rubs, I won't know til I have done the damage. Plus I will have paid for the saddle, and then used it and obviously no seller will then want to exchange it.
I am really worried about it. But I also recognise my saddle cant last forever. I do have it serviced each year by a saddler to prolong it's life, and check for safety.
Who has had to buy a new saddle recently, and how did you get on with fit ?
Who is a good seller? and is it best to get a proper Endurance saddle, and if so which are good and which bad ?

All help and advise appreciated.

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rosie
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England
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Posted - 30 Apr 2009 :  9:02:07 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rosie to your friends list Send rosie a Private Message
We bought a new saddle about a month or 2 back.
We got a saddle fitter out & she was absolutely brilliant.
We bought a Thorowgood Cob T4 with an extra wide gullet!
We rode in a few saddles before we chose.
Prior to the saddle fitter coming out, we took our old saddle to a large shop, & asked them to measure it, & we bought a saddle off the peg. As soon as we tried it on my mare we realised straight away it was totally wrong. Terrible fit.
We are breaking our younster in next year, & we'll be getting the saddle fitter out again.
good luck.




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Cinnypony
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Posted - 30 Apr 2009 :  10:44:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit Cinnypony's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add Cinnypony to your friends list Send Cinnypony a Private Message
I got a FnE GP saddle for Cinny last year. Absolutely love it.

Initially I was lent a FnE endurance saddle for a month by the saddle fitter - it was fine for Cinny, but I didn't like it - so tried the FnE Gp knowing it would be fine on her, but then just down to my comfort. It also has removable jumping blocks (?) so good for jumping, but very comfy for riding long distances


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Pauline
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England
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Posted - 01 May 2009 :  08:16:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit Pauline's Homepage  Click to see Pauline's MSN Messenger address  Send Pauline a Yahoo! Message Bookmark this reply Add Pauline to your friends list Send Pauline a Private Message
I have Reactor Panal Saddles for my endurance horses.

My old is now 20 years old and still as comfort as ever.

They are easy to adjust yourself so as the horse gets fitter you can adjust it.

Pauline

Pauline Higgs
Equine & Human Holistic Therapist
www.thegentlestouch.co.cc
www.endurancegbmidsouth.co.uk
Berkshire / Hampshire Border
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shah
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England
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Posted - 01 May 2009 :  10:26:05 AM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add shah to your friends list Send shah a Private Message
Another vote for the FnE saddles. I bought a second hand one and love it, it can be adjusted as your horse change shape, or adjusted to new horse if need be. Mine is really old but still in good condition, very comfy for me with big knee rolls for those wooppee situations, and my old boy didn't have any trouble with it at all.

The good thing with most of the endurance saddles (various brands like FnE, Reactor Panel, Specialized Saddles etc.) is that they are adjustable, so can change as your horse change shape, rather than some of the more traditional rigid tree'd ones.

West Sussex
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Stagborough
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England
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Posted - 01 May 2009 :  8:12:31 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stagborough to your friends list Send Stagborough a Private Message
I really like Free n' Easy saddles and use them on two horses but they don't suit every horse. If your saddle fits well I'd stck with it, a case of if it ain't broke don't fix it! I have a GP saddle which my old horse wore from when he was three until we lost him last year at the age of 31 and it is still useable.If you do go for a new saddle then keep your old one just in case!
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Hussar
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Scotland
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Posted - 02 May 2009 :  7:18:20 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Hussar to your friends list Send Hussar a Private Message
I'm another Thorowgood fan. I used a medium wide endurance one for my (now retired) PBA and it did 3200 competitive kms plus all the rest without causing any problems at all. My current horse has an extra-wide version and although I'm not quite so happy with the durability, it is very comfortable and has never given him any problems.
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firstlady
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Wales
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Posted - 02 May 2009 :  9:16:40 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add firstlady to your friends list Send firstlady a Private Message
Can recommend Specialized saddles
from Judith and Alan Sterling contact Judith who posts on hear as Judith S
all the best
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clink
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England
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Posted - 05 May 2009 :  11:04:47 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add clink to your friends list Send clink a Private Message
seriously, go for a specialised saddle! i have one and love it! totally adjustable and my horse goes in it better than ever. now i know, you have heard all that before.. but this time it actually seems to be true! I have the english version but you can get lots of endurance types. i honestly do love it!
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Nicki
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 06 May 2009 :  12:30:08 AM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Nicki to your friends list Send Nicki a Private Message

Thank you so much for your help. I'm still trying to decide! But am leaning towards a specific endurance saddle - just which one now ...

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Marie-Molly
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 12 May 2009 :  12:57:16 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Marie-Molly to your friends list Send Marie-Molly a Private Message
After riding a reactor panel, which was too long for my very short backed extra wide arab, I now ride in a strada - great fit for him and me and very comfortable. Half the weight of the reactor panel too!

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guisburn
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United Kingdom
562 Posts

Posted - 15 May 2009 :  9:31:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit guisburn's Homepage Bookmark this reply Add guisburn to your friends list Send guisburn a Private Message
Try Strada saddles - look good, feel good!
We had a lady who bought an endurance mare from us who we had competed without any problems with a GP saddle at first, later changing to a Jill Thomas endurance saddle when we decided that we enjoyed the sport (she had previously raced) this saddle was light and comfortable. Her new owner tried numerous types of endurance saddles including FnE - some of which seemed really heavy, however, horse / owner are thrilled with their new saddle, which is a beaut, so much so that she now fits them for the company http://www.stradasaddles.co.uk/endurance.htm
Melanie GB
www.guisburn-arabians.co.uk

www.guisburnarabians.co.uk
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