[wow…this got long…thanks for reading. THE KEY POINT: I need a top-quality, non-fab, saddle - suggestions for brands?]
Well, it’s time for a new saddle. I’ve had my young horse for a year, and have come to terms with it being time to invest in a high-quality, well-fitted (to him, and me) saddle. While I love my Barnsby that I got a year ago for him, it’s not perfect for either of us for the long-term & probably isn’t worth the cost to refit (would be better to just resell since it’s only 2 years old & a popular model locally).
So…WHAT DO I GET???
I am willing to spend the $$$ to get the “perfect” saddle…one that can be custom-fitted to him and to me. I want something that will last for YEARS, that can be refitted as he and I change, and that will stay classic for all that we do (he is only 5…so I expect that over the years we’ll be in the hunter/equitation ring, jump around some low cross-country, and a bit of everything in-between). I need something that isn’t a “fad” (ex: what’s up with monoflaps? could I even have a monoflap in the hunter/eq ring?), and that is from a company that will still be in-business in 10 years. Resellable would be nice / I want something that will keep some worth over time.
For reference, I’m 5’2" and a bit heavy in the toosh (still working on loosing the pregnancy weight!). My thigh bones aren’t crazy-long - more of my height is in my torso. I love thigh blocks and calf blocks - looking for something that will actually HELP me in my adult-amatureness. My horse is a 5-yr-old 16’3"+ dutch warmblood who is medium-to-narrow with a fairly flat-sided barrel. I expect he will continue to fill-out more in the back, so I need something that can be refit as he grows.
So, what are the high-quality brands that are worth investing in these days? I’ve been a bit out-of-the-loop for the last few years as I lost my last horse and then had a baby. My new horse is a long-term keeper, so I want to show him some but also balance family and such. I keep hearing about:
- CWD (are they falling back out of style?)
- Voltaire (newer? is this a fab brand, or does it actually have sticking power?)
I’d like to keep in the $3-4k range if possible, could go slightly higher for the PERFECT saddle, but would be absolutely open to a used saddle to bring the cost down. I think that’s a reasonable range…but maybe not? $6k seems ridiculous, but tell me if that’s what high-quality, non-fab stuff is actually going for these days (ugg).
Thanks for reading & for any insights!!!