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I am looking to buy my first english saddle. I am not going to show so I just want a good, comfortable middle-of-the-line saddle for daily riding...I am thinking about buying either an HDR Advantage or HDR Pro...what do you think of HDR saddles? I've read a lot of reviews and people either love them or hate them...Can you recommend any other brands under $900?

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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I am looking to buy my first english saddle. I am not going to show so I just want a good, comfortable middle-of-the-line saddle for daily riding...I am thinking about buying either an HDR Advantage or HDR Pro...what do you think of HDR saddles? I've read a lot of reviews and people either love them or hate them...Can you recommend any other brands under $900?

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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Try looking at used saddles too. You can find some good brands for reasonable prices if you look. Which brand really is up to personal preference, and I have no idea what runs at a reasonable price over there, but don't pass up a good used saddle that will keep its resale value, should you wish to sell it later.

Sorry I can't be much help with the 2 you picked out but I know nothing of the brand.Hopefully someone else will be more use to you in suggesting specific brands. Good luck!! [smiley Wavey]

[ 06-04-2007, 05:17 AM: Message edited by: O- -O Lightning Strikes Twice O- -O ]

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Try looking at used saddles too. You can find some good brands for reasonable prices if you look. Which brand really is up to personal preference, and I have no idea what runs at a reasonable price over there, but don't pass up a good used saddle that will keep its resale value, should you wish to sell it later.

Sorry I can't be much help with the 2 you picked out but I know nothing of the brand.Hopefully someone else will be more use to you in suggesting specific brands. Good luck!! [smiley Wavey]

[ 06-04-2007, 05:17 AM: Message edited by: O- -O Lightning Strikes Twice O- -O ]

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I have an HDR child's saddle. It is very nice.

I also have a Collegiate Graduate. It is very comfortable. It has held up to moderate use well.

They were both middle of the road priced saddles.

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I have an HDR child's saddle. It is very nice.

I also have a Collegiate Graduate. It is very comfortable. It has held up to moderate use well.

They were both middle of the road priced saddles.

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HDR saddles are OK. Not my first choice.

I generally buy used Crosby saddles. Buying used you can get a lot more saddle for your money. [smile]

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HDR saddles are OK. Not my first choice.

I generally buy used Crosby saddles. Buying used you can get a lot more saddle for your money. [smile]

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Ehh... HDR saddles aren't allowed at my barn. I agree, look for a used saddle. Crosby and Collegiates are decent middle of the line saddle. But you could find a used Bates or Barnsby for under 900. Good luck.

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Ehh... HDR saddles aren't allowed at my barn. I agree, look for a used saddle. Crosby and Collegiates are decent middle of the line saddle. But you could find a used Bates or Barnsby for under 900. Good luck.

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My friend told me collegiate english saddle is good. I couldnt tell you anything about it except for my friend says its good.

hope i helped=]

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My friend told me collegiate english saddle is good. I couldnt tell you anything about it except for my friend says its good.

hope i helped=]

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Thanks for the help. My riding instructor has a used Pessoa A/O that I might buy...it's very comfortable, but I was kind of hoping to buy a new saddle, so I could break it in myself and stuff...

From what you guys are saying, I am actually now leaning towards buying it...

Thanks for the advice.

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Thanks for the help. My riding instructor has a used Pessoa A/O that I might buy...it's very comfortable, but I was kind of hoping to buy a new saddle, so I could break it in myself and stuff...

From what you guys are saying, I am actually now leaning towards buying it...

Thanks for the advice.

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The best saddle ever is the Circuit brand. There really nice and only around $700. You can buy them in Dover (I think you can test ride it before you buy it too). I have a close contact circuit saddle and I love it. I've had it almost 3 years and its in still perfectly good condition. Also if you ever decide to show, it's a really good show saddle too. I use mine for everything, from dressage to cross country. I especially use it for jumping. And i think if you buy it from Dover You get a free bridle that matches. I got one and it's really good quality and really pretty. Try looking into these saddles. They're really great! [big Grin]

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The best saddle ever is the Circuit brand. There really nice and only around $700. You can buy them in Dover (I think you can test ride it before you buy it too). I have a close contact circuit saddle and I love it. I've had it almost 3 years and its in still perfectly good condition. Also if you ever decide to show, it's a really good show saddle too. I use mine for everything, from dressage to cross country. I especially use it for jumping. And i think if you buy it from Dover You get a free bridle that matches. I got one and it's really good quality and really pretty. Try looking into these saddles. They're really great! [big Grin]

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Originally posted by jump_for_joy:

The best saddle ever is the Circuit brand. There really nice and only around $700. You can buy them in Dover (I think you can test ride it before you buy it too). I have a close contact circuit saddle and I love it. I've had it almost 3 years and its in still perfectly good condition. Also if you ever decide to show, it's a really good show saddle too. I use mine for everything, from dressage to cross country. I especially use it for jumping. And i think if you buy it from Dover You get a free bridle that matches. I got one and it's really good quality and really pretty. Try looking into these saddles. They're really great!
[big Grin]

Ditto. HDR are nice, but I'm totally in love with the Dover Circuits. They are amazing saddles.

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quote:

Originally posted by jump_for_joy:

The best saddle ever is the Circuit brand. There really nice and only around $700. You can buy them in Dover (I think you can test ride it before you buy it too). I have a close contact circuit saddle and I love it. I've had it almost 3 years and its in still perfectly good condition. Also if you ever decide to show, it's a really good show saddle too. I use mine for everything, from dressage to cross country. I especially use it for jumping. And i think if you buy it from Dover You get a free bridle that matches. I got one and it's really good quality and really pretty. Try looking into these saddles. They're really great!
[big Grin]

Ditto. HDR are nice, but I'm totally in love with the Dover Circuits. They are amazing saddles.

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If you want a new saddle simply because you want to break it in by yourself, I think you are too concerned with looks. Are you worried that it looks "old"? A proper saddle, well-made, can always look brand new with good care and conditioning. I reccomend Leather CPR.

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If you want a new saddle simply because you want to break it in by yourself, I think you are too concerned with looks. Are you worried that it looks "old"? A proper saddle, well-made, can always look brand new with good care and conditioning. I reccomend Leather CPR.

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Thanks for the info, everybody. I've made the decision to buy my instructor's Pessoa if it fits. And no, actually, I am not too concerned with looks. The reason I would like to buy a new saddle is because it's new from the beginning and I can take care of it really well and keep it really nice. Buying an used saddle, I can never really be sure how well it's been kept and I've heard that with some used saddles, the tree can be compromised...so for me, it's just that I would know what's happened with the saddle from the very beginning that's all. I really don't care about looks.

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Thanks for the info, everybody. I've made the decision to buy my instructor's Pessoa if it fits. And no, actually, I am not too concerned with looks. The reason I would like to buy a new saddle is because it's new from the beginning and I can take care of it really well and keep it really nice. Buying an used saddle, I can never really be sure how well it's been kept and I've heard that with some used saddles, the tree can be compromised...so for me, it's just that I would know what's happened with the saddle from the very beginning that's all. I really don't care about looks.

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