Originally Posted by Iron Maiden
Stubben panels squish down & go rock solid from what I've seen of them, so time would tell. You can always get a reflock if you need one I guess. The key thing is whether the shape of the tree & panels suit your horse, the fact it's adjustable doesn't mean it can be adjusted to fit any particular animal. You say you can return it in the event that it doesn't suit, that's great
Do you have a trial period over which you can try it out?
Yes, there's a 14-day trial period.
I rode in a Stubben Rex when I was a kid .... for years and years. It was the best saddle I've ever had. This is news to me about Stubben panels. They were always (in my circles) considered to be a very good saddle back when I rode consistently in the past (over a decade ago now). What changed?
And if Stubben saddles aren't as good as I seem to think they are, what is good these days (and affordable - I'd prefer to spend less than $2,000 CAD for my next saddle).