I’ve seen recommendations on the Bates Carrillo, any thoughts on that? I have a friend who has generally long legs, she got her jumping saddle custom-made with the biggest flaps possible, and it only just fits.
=/ I'm looking at the Ovation 4-Star Event saddle, as well as the Bates Carrillo. Consider trying the Bates Carrillo Close Contact with the forward cut flap....this is the saddle that I have, and I am very pleased with it. I also have a long femur (I am 5'9”) and the forward cut flap is nice for a longer leg.
All blocks can also be removed if you wish...they simply attached with Velcro. I know you said you checked out the Toulouse saddles but last week I tried the Toulouse premix with a long flap and it fit me perfectly and even has removable blocks and very forward flaps.
I was just lucky they tack store had it in long flap If your close to a large tack store, I would bring a list of saddles you may want to try and just go from there. The store by me had an excellent woman who threw me on a bunch in my price range, and she did the whole did you like this one or this one” until we eliminated all but one.
My Person (Rodrigo Stadium) is very comfortable for me to ride (unfortunately doesn't fit my grown for the last year horses anymore, so I'm selling it/getting wider one), I also ride in instructor's Bates (Carrillo I believe) and it's again a pretty good fit (although I like it little less than it's more bulky IMO than Person). Person just started making this model this year and currently only 16.5 & 17's are available.
Courgette Visions are made for long-legged riders and are super awesome saddles! I have ridden in the old version and did great I am 6' tall and nearly ALL leg.
New, the Crosby costs around $2000, but I got mine used for $500 with a bridle and 2 sets of reins too. I would suggest looking at used saddles to cut down the cost.
I can't afford it, and I don't feel like spending more money on a saddle than I did on my horse is reasonable for me. Right now, going In/N/T level, I'll stick to something that's comfy and fits me well enough. Looking at the new Winter 500 Jump ...
Designed to meet the needs of high-level showjumping, this saddle aims to achieve a perfect sensation over fences, as well as comfort and a very close contact with the horse. This saddle from the French brand can be built to the horse and rider’s requirements, including different girth strap positions, refined panel shapes with no pressure points, bigger knee blocks, and an airbag attachment on the pommel.
It is available in seat sizes 16 -19”, tree widths standard, medium and wide and colors black, master and Irish. As part of their finest British-made Vinci range, this saddle has a single/mono flap design with a slimline, one-piece tree.
Manufactured in Wassail from English leather, this saddle has integrated knee rolls and thigh blocks for rider support, while the birthing system for the mono flap design allows the saddle to be fitted to a wide range of horses. This saddle features a soft deep seat and an improved weight-bearing surface for the horse with a wider drop panel to provide extra support.
This saddle is built on a wooden spring tree and features wool flocked independent panels (individually crafted by hand), which can be adapted and changed to suit each horse. This fully handmade saddle features a tree made from different kinds of evaporated wood.
The saddle features Velcro front and rear flex i-blocks allowing the rider to adopt a number of positions and accommodating a range of leg lengths. This saddle has an open head and front gusset in the panel, being suitable for a horse with an average height wither.
More expensive saddles also usually offer more customizing options and you may find you need an extra forward/ long flap in some makes. But a good saddle that fits will make all the difference to your success and security.
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