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    Dressage How far in a GP saddle?

    Blimey, that’s not good! 😦 I can see the concern over being forced to use just one saddle fitter specialising in the brand. I had a Sue Carson on my old horse and loved it. Sue Carson saddles of course recommend using their own fitters but they cost a small fortune and any local saddle fitter...
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    Dressage How far in a GP saddle?

    Fantastic! Thank you so much for measuring it, you’re a star!
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    Dressage How far in a GP saddle?

    Good idea! Thanks SEL. I’ll read up on them a bit to try to work out what I’d need, as I know they have so many different changeable parts to them.
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    Dressage How far in a GP saddle?

    I have a friend who has two PREs and ended up buying a WOW because everything else she tried touched their spines and their reaction was mega scary. She thinks they’re fantastic saddles but unfortunately there’s no way I can afford one.
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    Dressage How far in a GP saddle?

    Thank you Sbloom, that’s massively helpful. Sounds like I should be having you out to see my lad! As I now know I can get away with not having a dressage saddle for at least the lower levels of dressage, I think it’s probably best to go down the route of buying a GP, then look at getting a...
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    Dressage How far in a GP saddle?

    Ouch that sounds pricey! Trust me to buy a horse whose breed is typically difficult to fit 🙄
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    Dressage How far in a GP saddle?

    J1ffy The thought of being miss sold a saddle is really worrying me. I don’t want to cause a behavioural or physical issue for my lad, but not qualified to know if something is a little ‘off’ with the fitting. The first I’ll probably know about it is when I’m dumped face down in mud. I’ve heard...
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    Dressage How far in a GP saddle?

    I mentioned that to my saddler the other day as I’ve heard it too. He said most of the new saddles have fairly wide channels now, it’s just the older ones that can be quite narrow. Do you think this is genuinely the case?
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    Dressage How far in a GP saddle?

    my boy is also 4yrs but not filling out too much yet. The saddler gave me a little Thorowgood GP just for his backing and that puts me in a horrible chair position too, hence one reason why I’m thinking of getting a dressage saddle. Something that makes me sit up nicely is deep in the seat and...
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    Dressage How far in a GP saddle?

    Thanks Littlebear. my lads shape is a bit awkward at the moment as he has the typical short back but has very high withers without much shoulder yet. So not much there to stop the saddle sliding forward up his withers.
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    Dressage How far in a GP saddle?

    Totally agree with you. I’m going for a changeable saddle and will be getting the fitting checked every 8 weeks until his growth starts to slow down. He changed massively in just 4 months of long reining him 3 times a week! He’s Spanish so has a lot of filling out to do.
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    Dressage How far in a GP saddle?

    That’s good to know about your friend I thought I’d get marked down if not using the ‘correct’ saddle. I’m in two minds about whether riding in a GP would be more stable than riding short in a dressage saddle. I’ve always had an event saddle, but find I sit more ‘in’ a dressage seat. It kind of...
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    Dressage How far in a GP saddle?

    Hi there, I’m about to buy my youngsters first saddle after being back. I’m hoping he’ll be an all rounder with a bit more emphasis on dressage. I’m trying to figure out whether it’s best to get a GP for just a year or so, or go straight for a dressage saddle. He obviously won’t be doing any...
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    Coat of tie-back op?

    Thank you for the replies. Hmm... think I might steer clear of this horse then. As you say, why buy troubles. Considering the potential cost of an op and he’s still green, I think they’re asking for more than he’s worth at the moment. And insurance wouldn’t cover an as the vetting will...
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    Coat of tie-back op?

    Hi there, I’m considering going to view a horse that might need a tie-back op in the future. Obviously it’s been priced to sell knowing the purchaser may need to pay for the op in the future, so I’m wondering how much I’d be looking at having to cough up for it. Has anyone here recently...
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