An independent seat and balance has nothing to do with the saddle
Posted by cshunter86 on 7/3/2012, 1:18 am, in reply to "old school close contact saddles"
You either have it or you don't. I ride the same way whether I'm in a 25 year old Stubben Siegfried or my 5 year old Stubben Juventus. Saddles have progressed and evolved like many other pieces of equipment. It comes down to personal preference, I'll ride in either style. I have a newer Stubben because they fit my gelding better then the older styles. Horses have changed in the last 25 years as well and saddles reflect that. Wider gullet channels, broader panels for more weight bearing surface, cut away sweat flaps, etc. |
The biggest problem I have with older saddles is that they tend to be sewn with linen thread that eventually rots. I spent more then my old saddle was worth trying to repair the stitching.
The age and style of the saddle shouldn't matter as long as the saddle fits both the horse and rider correctly. This has been the biggest battle for me. I'm only 5 foot with a 28" inseam, my gelding is 17.3 and about 1375 lbs, takes a medium-wide to wide tree. Finding something for both of us was hard.
I can feel my horse just fine beneath me in my new Stubben. I have no problem with contact and communication. But again, that comes down to the rider's training and not the saddle.
I would concentrate on finding a saddle that helps him maintain the proper position, doesn't force him into it, is comfortable and properly fitted for both him and the horse regardless of the style.
My current saddle, a Stubben Juventus S. My gelding has his front legs in a dip, so he's downhill. This saddle is basically a junior's eventing saddle, knee and thigh block with a somewhat forward flap.
A previous saddle, a CWD. Their 'flat' model with a very short forward flap and a knee block. Custom made (for another horse and rider) out of buffalo leather on the flaps and calfskin on the seat.
And another previous saddle, an older Stubben that was tight through the gullet channel and pinched my gelding's spine. Not a whole lot of difference between this and the previous saddles except for the additions of knee and thigh blocks.
Humans were given two legs -
One to put on either side of a horse.
Citrus Heights, CA