Dressage saddle musings..

AbFab

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I am looking at selling my 2 saddles and putting the money towards a better one. I currently have a Harry Dabbs Cobra which I love, but it is too narrow for Saffy as she's a barrel and it's a medium wide. I have an Idea dressage saddle which fits her brilliantly (is a wide one) but I don't like riding in it. So both are a bit useless to me.

Can anyone recommend me a good 2nd hand dressage saddle? I prefer ones with wacking great blocks :) I have quite long legs and Saffy is 14.1hh, so anything that can help keep my legs in the right place is welcome! I like the size of the Harry Dabbs blocks, so something similar would be good. Or if anyone has a wide Harry Dabbs saddle, I'll send the carrier pigeon!
 

Gingerbird

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I've got the Albion SLK Ultima, and it's just heaven. Coverted it for years as it belonged to my bestie. She used it first on a sticky TB and then on her not true to type Dutch WB. Obv they're both over 16hh, she herself is at least 5'7''. I stole it from her for a bargain price for my 14.3hh Connie, who is a lot wider than he looks. Fits amazingly, and not only to the horse as I'm a mere 5'1'' and it fits me as perfectly as it last much taller jock!!!
 

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I just bought a stunning GFS off preloved for £250. I knew it would fit as my mare was already fitted to the exact same saddle that was £750.

I don't think the seller had a clue but daughter gave up horses and went traveling.

It has huge blocks with extremely soft leather and is supremely comfortable.

In a massive stroke of luck, it also fits the baby perfectly for the moment too :)
 

Scoundrel

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I'm looking at selling a jaguar by Harry dabs dressage saddle at the mo. Pm me if you want more info :)
 

Cortez

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I have a lovely Albion on my 15.1 PRE; got it second hand for peanuts, lucky (and sharp-eyed) old me :)
 

AbFab

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I do love Albion saddles :) She was in a Selecta for years and we both loved it. I only sold it as I stopped jumping and wanted something more appropriate for dressage. I've had a sit in an Ultima today and it was lovely.

I've been to saddles direct today and brought home a Prestige, a Barnsby and a Kent and Masters. Tried her in all 3 - they all fit very well but the Kent and Masters one is just a dream! Out of my price range at the moment though as it's brand new, so I'm hoping to find a 2nd hand one for a bit less.
 
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