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Can I officially say that I am over saddle shopping? ?

I found a great deal on an 18″ 34cm Prestige Eventer from VTO Saddlery. It shipped super quickly, and I had it to try on Saturday. 


My stubben Dressage saddle is a 34cm, so I had some hope. The saddle was beautiful, but the seat was pretty hard. I didn’t think much of it. At this point, if it fits both of us, I will buy it. I would buy a seat cover if I had to to make it more comfortable. 

I threw it on May and took some pics. 


Hmmmm the reddish color of the leather was actually quite pretty on May. 


It sits up a bit, but not terribly (for May and the way she’s built). Alright then. 


I liked the width down the gullet. 

Then I slid my hand down the panel…. and it gapped like no ones business from front to back. Like, I could see daylight. Here’s my attempt at a picture. 


Pffffff nope. Back in the box it went, and I gave VTO a call to tell them I would be returning it. 

Any other ideas? Reached out to trumball mountain to see if they can help. I would love to try an Amerigo, but I cannot find an 18″ Wide tree to try (or a rep) to save my life. 

Officially. Frustrated. 

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  1. Nicole Sharpe

    Maybe a wide Albion jump (K2 or kontact) saddle? They have a modest curve to them and are very reflockable. It’s what I’m looking for, so it’s on my mind.

    1. Emily

      I had an Albion K2 legend jump, which was adjusted too narrow for May. (Bye bye $500!) I would try another model because the legend put me in such a chair seat, but they’re tough to find!

      1. Nicole Sharpe

        They really are tough to find!! I had a kontact on trial that I ultimately returned, but I probably should have kept it because it was only a *little bit* too long and otherwise fit us ok. The new trees are apparently infinitely adjustable (it’s called the adjusta-tree) so I’m hoping one of the new ones will fall in to my lap in the right colour and size… it could happen, right?!

        1. Emily

          I am going with it is absolutely going to happen. πŸ™‚ Good things come to those who wait! (right?!)

  2. I had a wide Thornhill Germania 2 Phase saddle that I really liked. They come even wider than that. Wool flocking so it could be fitted to May. The leather quality was quite nice especially considering it was a major bargain.

    1. Emily

      Thank you for the tip! I will give it a google!

  3. martidoll123

    ugh i feel your pain. And yes the right one will come along. Meanwhile we get cute photos of May so we are all winning πŸ™‚

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