For now, I have a Wintec Isabell Dressage which I paid only $200. I have only ever ridden western, so a used Wintec was a practical course. I have found I love the dressage saddle.
Currently, I have problems with Oberon's saddle slipping forward. I purchased a nice thin line pad, but it too slipped forward. I then used an ugly foamy thing between the saddle and the blanket, but ... well, it was ugly. So, I found a "No-Slip Pad" made by Nunn Finer and so far it has REALLY worked. I place it directly on the horses back and the saddle pad. I also love their colorful dressage pads HERE. Crisp white (see my nice new one above) is always striking, but how long does it take to get dirty? Plus, these colors look fun for the fall and winter months ahead.
Once I get my custom fit saddle, hopefully this little problem will be a thing of the past, but for now it seems to be working.
Do you have a favorite dressage saddle? If so, what is the brand? Any favorite shims?
And now, we can comfortably ride off into the sunset...