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Passier Compact Dressage Saddle- Test Ride Clearance!

G. Passier & Sohn GmbH - Item #21728
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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
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As riders, we know what a big investment a saddle is. That's why we're proud to offer the best Test Ride program in the business. You can keep our Test Ride saddles risk-free for five days, to really make sure you like the fit and the feel. We know that to truly try a saddle, you have to really ride in it. So go ahead and girth it up. Forget about wrapping your stirrup leathers. Try it with or without a saddle pad. Basically, treat it like you already bought it, so you can make sure you really want to. Because when you buy a saddle from us, we want to make sure you love it. Of course, we want our other customers to love their new saddles, too.
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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- Test Ride Clearance! 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
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crushed dreams.... I got this saddle in as a test ride. I have a 15.3 Polish Arab. The Arab part is why I needed the compact saddle. However he has shark fin withers. Kind of an odd build for an Arab, but I go with it! Any whoo...on a sharp high withered horse this saddle was too high in the front, and low in the back, thus putting me in a chair position. I then like a girl in a bad relationship tried to fix it by using shims. Shims fixed the chair position and the high low part, but I noticed a bridge in the sweat marks after my ride. So my dream saddle and I are now broken up. I would only suggest this saddle for someone who has a horse with medium to low withers and a flat back, or flat-ish. Besides that the saddle was exactly as advertised and the quality is equal to that of most custom $5000+ saddles.
    Date published: 2016-01-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great experience all the way around I test road the Passier Compact from Smartpak on my 14.3 paint. She moved so much better and I had enough seat under me to be comfortable. Smart pak was awesome about the trial period. definitely a buy after I save up my pennies
    Date published: 2015-12-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deep & Lovely This is a beautiful, classic looking saddle that oozes quality. I feel like this saddle would last for forever if properly taken care of. The leather is supple, soft, and even if brand new I doubt it takes any time at all to get that broken in feel. The compact is a VERY deep saddle with huge thigh blocks (as described). I have a very young, silly (read: spooky whirlaway) horse, and I felt absolutely solid in this saddle. If you are looking for security or have a big moving horse or just love a deep saddle, this is going to be fabuous for you. BUT, if you do not want to feel 'trapped' in the saddle, this one is not for you. About the compact, shorter panels thing -- My mare is short backed, so I wanted to try it, but I did not see any noticeable difference in how she went. So whether it's a marketing gimmick or truly makes a difference, I suppose it probably depends on the horse and how sensitive they/you are. Also, I should note that my horse has just started training, so I am obviously not doing anything complex. The shorter panels might be more beneficial/noticeable at those levels. Particularly since the horse needs to be able to engage the hind end more and therefore have greater freedom in the lumbar/SI region to do that. I did also try this saddle on another horse I rode, and he loved it. I'm not sure whether it's the cut back pommel or what, but he moved the best I've felt in months. I was very well pleased with the significant improvement in his lateral work. My only wish is that this saddle were a little easier on the budget. At $3,750 with tax, I'm going to try a few others and see whether I can justify the cost.
    Date published: 2015-11-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Passier Test Ride Saddle Great program! The saddle I received was brand new to test ride. Very nice that you don't have to wrap the leathers, etc. Unfortunately, it was a medium and didn't fit my wide withered Morgan. It fit me well-I liked it, but it has to fit the horse as well.
    Date published: 2015-08-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sensitive short backed horse Tried many saddles, different brands to find the one my stallion liked the best. This saddle gives him the shoulder freedom as well as being comfortable on his short back. Night and day difference from day one. LOVE IT!!! Oh and as a bonus, its comfortable for me as well.
    Date published: 2015-04-01
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