Dressage Saddle Suggestions

Nothing Original

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Hello

I am after suggestions for a dressage saddle for my rather chunky warmblood.

I know it is a bit of a how long is a bit of string question and everyone will have different views but I just do not know what is out there.

My last horse I had for over 20 years, 1 good GP all his life and that was it (we just didn't have different saddles for different disciplines back then!).

So I guess what I am asking is what saddles are considered good, bad or indifferent.

What I do know is Kieffer and Albion tree's don't suit him, his black country GP is the best fitting saddle he has had since I have owned him (he has grown 2 inches and 3 rug sizes since I have had him so now on his 5th saddle.....) but he is so powerful and big moving now I just cannot continue with the dressage in a GP as it is doing neither of us any favours.

My saddler has said he thinks a Black Country or an Ideal would suit him (he has huge shoulders, is quite broad and does not have a high/pronounced whither) but I don't want to narrow my search too much in case I am missing something that would be perfect for us.

Other problem is it cannot be a monoflap as I need to have the straps adjusted to take a long girth due to previous issues (long story but just not going there with a short girth ever again and saddler agrees best for him).

All suggestions/ideas gratefully received!

Thank you in advance.
 

PFM22

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The Ideal Suzannah gets my vote _ I cant recommend it highly enough. My boy is similar in shape to yours by the sounds of it and mine fits like a dream.
 

Nothing Original

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The Ideal Suzannah gets my vote _ I cant recommend it highly enough. My boy is similar in shape to yours by the sounds of it and mine fits like a dream.

Thank you for your reply. My saddler mentioned Ideals as a good option for him so I will definitely look into the Suzannah.

Do you find it puts you in a good position too?
 

TandD

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Optimum performance saddles by Nathaniel Underwood. Really only suited to the big moving/big build horse, but a lovely saddle!

Decent depth seat, but still with freedom to move, adjustable knee blocks and the tree can be adjusted as well if needed (no interchangeable gullet, but can move an inch either way)
 

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Equipe - valegro wears one and I can't think of many horses that move that big or you could try an amerigo both are good for the big moving horses ... I think you will struggle with a big moving horse in an ideal tbh...
 
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eggs

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I've got my big shouldered, big moving warmbloods in the following:

Amerigo Vega
Equipe Emporio
Both are available in standard or mono flap
Barrie Swain Semiflex which has short girth straps so takes a long girth. My favourite is the the Semiflex as it is adjustable.
 

Nothing Original

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Brilliant - thank you for all your suggestions. Honestly hadn't heard of half of these makes so this is just great to have some ideas to research.

Thank you!
 
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