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Passier Compact Dressage Saddle

G. Passier & Sohn GmbH
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The Passier Compact Dressage Saddle is the perfect saddle for horses with a short back- and for their riders! Until now, riders of compact horses always had to select a small seat size to avoid saddle pressure on the horse's loins.  However, such a small seat area was often problematic for the rider.  Luckily, the era of compromise has ended  thanks to Passier's break-through innovation in the Compact Dressage Saddle.  This saddle combines a short contact surface for the horse with a significantly larger and more comfortable seat for the rider.  Passier products are handmade in Germany since 1867.

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Favorite Features

  • The seat and knee inserts are made from Jupa leather, an extremely soft processed and non-slip cow hide, providing especially comfortable seating
  • PS saddle tree is made from wood and leather with several bamboo strips to achieve a high degree of flexibility
  • Comes with a 5 year guarantee on the tree from any defects
  • Freedom panels allow for optimized wither clearance and is suited for horses with wide or particularly sensitive withers
  • New foam inserts ensure an extremely soft, smooth contact area with the horse's back and an optimum distribution of the rider's weight
  • Deep seat
  • Thick thigh supports
  • W-girth arrangement ensures that the saddle remains firmly in place, taking pressure off the horse's shoulder at the front and allowing the back strap to exert just the right amount of pressure in precisely the area where the greatest hold is required


Available in seat sizes 17"-18" with choice of either medium or wide tree.

Test Ride available in size 17.5" with medium tree.
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    Passier Compact Dressage Saddle is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Differences between 17.5" and 18" First, I want to thank and complement the services provided by SmartPak. Through this experience I have become a fan. I ordered and trialed the 17.5 inch medium for my very small, short backed Arabian. He is a rescue, And for all intents and purposes, a pony. Finding a saddle fit for his back and my backside has been a challenge. I was delighted with the trial saddle and found it definitely shorter in length. The panels are shorter, too, which is great in my case. I am 5'5" and weigh about 135 pounds. The horse accepted the saddle in a relaxed way and I found it to be very secure – being an "old" rider, I want security these days! All I needed to do was to exchange it for the 18 inch to give me a little more wiggle room in that deep seat because the 17.5" has a rise that some women may find uncomfortable. I did not actually try the 18 inch when it arrived because the size differences between the two were immediately obvious. The 18" sits on a larger base. Approximate measurements showed the 18 inch to have panels that were 17.5 inches long and the panel length to be almost an inch longer. Panel length was actually longer than a 17.5" Black Country Eden i use on another horse. As for quality I consider the Passier to be top notch. While struggling through this saddle hunt, I will have to use my 30yo Passier that remains in excellent condition. It works on the horse, but I was much thinner in those days and it has a 16.5 inch seat – obviously a taddy bit small for this old granny. I mention this only to point out that Passier can easily represent a lifetime investment. In my opinion, they are definitely worth the money.
    Date published: 2017-09-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saddle I ordered the trial saddle in a 17 1/2 inch seat with the medium tree to try on my short backed Andalusian mare. The seat size was a good fit for me and very comfortable, and the saddle looked well made. I would have loved to keep it, but unfortunately it was still too long for my short horse. It also seemed to be a better fit for a flat backed horse, because it was bridging quite a bit on my mare. Can't say enough good things about the SmartPak customer service. After sending the saddle back, the refund came very promptly with no questions asked. Highly recommended!
    Date published: 2017-09-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saddle! I ordered this saddle for the 7 day trial period. I have a 4 yr old, Lusitano/Quarter Horse cross mare. Unfortunately, not only does she have mutton withers, she is built downhill, and short backed. Every saddle we have tried ends up on her neck/shoulders, especially at the canter. This compact saddle is the first saddle she did not buck in while being lunged. I had such high hopes! However, while being ridden, this saddle also slid up her withers. I think the compact build of the saddle kept the pressure on the appropriate vertebrae, but the bulbous padding in the back helped the saddle slide forward on my downhill horse. Putting more padding up front, to counteract the thick padding in the saddle back, did slow down the forward motion of the saddle, but didn't eliminate it. This saddle is the closest thing to work for my mare, but not quite perfect enough for purchasing. She has been the happiest working in this saddle, than the other 10 we've tried. I think at this point, my only option is a saddle fitter, and maybe a custom saddle. The quality of the saddle is great. For the rider, it was very comfy and had plenty of cushion. Good, quality leather. I am sad it didn't work out.
    Date published: 2016-09-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from I had this saddle on trial. My Andalusian went well in it but not as well as he did in the Passier Sirius. Not as comfortable or as well made as some of the other Passier and only a centimeter shorter. Of course this saddle is less expensive.
    Date published: 2016-07-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Craftsmanship The moment I got this saddle out of the box I was in love with it. The seat and knee block is already super soft and ready to ride in. I've ride in this saddle 3 times today and I want to go ride again! My quarter horse/paint goes really well in this saddle and is able to move freely over his back. Also with this saddle, you can tell that it's made with care and craftsmanship.
    Date published: 2016-07-19
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