I couldn’t find a super up-to-date thread and I figure that a lot of the companies I mention have changed designs and options available in the last 5 years, so I figured I would start this for input and for anyone else!
I am looking for a new saddle. I had/have a Voltaire and it really messed up my lower leg causing it to swing back and it would make my horse buck at every canter transition. My trainer got on and she can canter him in it, the fitter has come out multiple times to check the fit and given an all clear. He has had no back soreness so I do believe that he is comfortable in it. I have ridden in my trainers CWD and my leg is much better and I don’t have to fight for my position. It is not ideal IMO as I do find that CWD’s feel “thick.” Anywho, I am considering having the CWD rep out as well as Butet, Devocoux, and Voltaire to sit in some other models and see if they can change my saddle (I got it custom and only have had it 5 months).
I would really appreciate feedback if anyone has had similar issues with Voltaire and if anyone has had to send their saddle (any brand) back to factory for fit changes and if they had a good experience with it. Also, what has been some experiences with the other saddle brands I mentioned? I always shied away from CWD because of a reputation of having really hurt horses back and some questionable customer service but that may not be a prevalent as I have thought! I appreciate any and all feedback, THANK YOU!!