The Schleese Obrigado is arguably one of the very best dressage saddles on the market today. This is an immaculate saddle with an 18ins seat with medium wide width fitting. Flaps: 17ins drop. 2013 model, but has seen very little use. Brand new these saddles sell for a few dollars under $7000.
What Schleese says about the Obrigado:
“Schleese’s newest best-seller allows every rider to feel the breathing of the horse, with the horse moving as freely as if he were not under saddle. The Obrigado provides several unique features benefiting horse and rider – several current and former Olympians who are now using the Obrigado on their horses have said that the saddle is so soft and the seat so deep that it makes them feel like they are one with their horses. Built on a modified AdapTree®, the Obrigado offers the most extreme shoulder freedom for the horse, with the softest seat in the dressage industry. Available in a standard monoflap, many innovative options truly personalize this saddle for both horse and rider. Obrigado means ‘thank you’ in Portuguese. It was developed together with the head trainer of the Lusitano Association in Sao Paulo Brazil. He came up with the name because he actually felt his horses were saying ‘thank you’ for being afforded such freedom of movement. This saddle will allow you to get so close to your horse that you can actually feel him breathe. It has become the saddle of choice for riders of all levels, and has been proven especially effective for the ‘baroque-style’”.