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Monday, October 12, 2009

Does this make anyone else twitch?

Really, it makes me twitch, badly. A dressage saddle, and an expensive one at that, in bile green. Lovely.



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22 comments:

  1. Oh God my eyes! Green is my favorite color, but maybe expressed in a tasteful saddle pad when schooling or polo wraps.

    On another note, I dislike dressage saddles of that style too. The huge knee blocks that force your leg into position without learning to keep it there. I saw a girl in a dressage clinic once who rode in a saddle like this then when she was asked to get on another horse with a different saddle her leg kept on swinging up and she could not control it. Of course this was the horse's fault not her's. I dislike people sometimes too.

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  2. Ooooh does it glow in the dark, too?!?!?!

    *puke*

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  3. Halloween anyone?? My horses would run screaming. Might go over i a costume class though.

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  4. I definitely looks like it could glow in the dark! I was hoping it was just the lighting or my computer screen that was off.

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  5. OK, that's really, really bad. I'm at work and involuntarily gasped out loud when I saw this most ugly of ugly colored saddles. Everybody in the cubicle farm had to stand up and peer over my wall to view the ugliness for themselves. Even the non horsey people are disgusted by it.

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  6. No but it does make me want to retch.

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  7. It makes me miss the pink dressage saddle, i think that saddle is the ugliest most unattractive color someone could choose. i feel sorry for whatever poor horse will have to wear this thing.

    heartsofhorses.blogspot.com

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  8. I thought I was hallucinating. It's a *quality* dressage saddle? Someone hand me the USDF rule book: are Martians considered legal aliens or illegal aliens?
    Okay.
    Now I'm stuck with the image of shadbellies and top hats on little green men. Now that would be a Pas de Deux!

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  9. I'm pretty sure every dressage rider I know would run away from that saddle, myself included. Don't get me wrong, green is a stellar color, but any dressage judge would probably fall out of the judge's booth from a heart attack or from laughing so hard.

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  10. do people buy these things? does anyone know anyone with an "off" color saddle? i don't think people really do it. i want their names and phone numbers

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  11. It's made from Martian Skins, or else Linda Blair threw up on it and we need to call a priest.

    Srsly, folks, that is...... one whole 'nuther level of GROSS.

    True that about the ridiculous knee blocks!! Do they even MAKE saddles w/o knee rolls anymore? That used to be the definition of "close contact," and a quick Google search shows me precious few roll-less saddles.

    Also, dressage was supposed to be all about ultimate rider competence didn't it?

    I'm just philosophizing to try to wipe out the green horror....

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  12. When I found this saddle while looking for blog fodder I nearly retched! It's a Hennig saddle, which means EXPENSIVE. They have one in blue and black as well. You can order it with or without knee rolls.

    But yeah, BLECH.

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  13. Ok, the colour is ugly and I am not sure who came up with it, but the knee blocks seem misunderstood. Knee blocks aren't knee roles...they don't take your leg away from the horse. Rather they help keep your leg from popping forward and can be used to help get your seat in the propper spot if you come loose. You have to consider that dressage riders aren't supposed to grip with their leg; it is meant to drape loosely from the hips...which is easier said than done during tempe changes or when riding a young warmblood who thinks their legs are springs! Much better to have blocks than to grip with the legs.

    Karen

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  14. It' a Hennig, so it IS a quality saddle. Crappy color choice, but quality. You want one (in black, of course) be prepared to pay thru the nose and WAAAAIIIIT. There's quite a waiting list to have one made, you're better off buying a used one.

    These are rather close contact, when comparing dressage saddles. I don't think this is a monoflap design, but still, don't confuse a big knee block with bulkiness.

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  15. that's a freekin HENNIG
    it was probably a custom for someone with more money than sense :p
    they're super-nice saddles and easily $6k new, and hold their resale value really well- most used ones aren't going to be much less than $4k.
    NICE saddles, and I wouldn't turn this one down if someone offered it to me for free! :P certainly wouldn't buy or order it on purpose though!

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  16. What dressagekid said.

    I'd only turn it down if it didn't fit my horses. Which is highly likely since most dressage folks have wide-body 757 sized WB's these days.

    Strike that. I'd take it and sell it to get TWO Butet's that would fit my TB's.

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  17. LIME GREEN... HENNIG? whaaaat?? one of my saddles is a hennig, and it was $5,000. I mean, all my eventing tack is pastel lime green (saddle pad, splint boots, bell boots, gloves, helmet cover) the stuff that usually comes in lime green, that youd see usually in a cross country outfit. but colored english saddles. thats just plain fugly.

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  18. Wow. I love colored tack, but that saddle is like the ugliest color green EVER. I'd go for it if it was like seat/knee pads that are royal blue or something, like a dressage version of those eventing saddles.

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