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Obrigado Dressage Saddle – Traditional Line

(5 customer reviews)

$7,395.00 CAD$7,840.00 CAD

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See below for Product Description and Specifications.

SKU: SAD-OBR-GADO Categories: ,

The “Obrigado” dressage saddle 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 saddle 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 saddle offers the most extreme shoulder freedom for the horse, with the softest seat in the dressage industry. Available in a standard mono flap, 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’ horses.



OH MY GOSH!!!  somebody kick me.  I just [received] my first Obrigado saddle for demo and rode my husband’s horse. Several years ago, I trained on this horse myself for almost 2 years and finally gave up for something more comfortable more fun easier to ride. I was TOTALLY AMAZED at the improvement in his movement and the lightness that I immediately felt in the Obrigado.  It made me want to ride him more and that I have not wanted to do at all in years.  Jochen, I am impressed!  This saddle made a huge gigantic difference in this horse. He truly says Thank You!      Terry, PA

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Weight 18.5 lbs

Deep, 11 cm, with flex cap option (cantle shock absorption for the rider's back), square or round cantle, sloped pommel with recessed tree points (allows the rider to sit close to the base of the withers while allowing maximum freedom of the horse's shoulder rotation), forward balance or cup seat option.


Adaptable (flexing) extra narrow twist, allows the rider to give quicker and sharper aids to the horse.


The adjustable V-Webbing billet system allows for correct billet alignment and equal pull throughout the length of the tree.


Seat designed for the Female or Male Pelvic Axis.


16.5", 17.0", 17.5", 18.0"


Mono Flap, Double Flap, French Leather, Buffalo Leather, German Leather, 2-Toned Leather, X-Extended Stirrup Bars, Additional D-Rings, Custom Thigh Rolls, Alternate Panel Type, Flap Length, Customization to Seat or Tree


The unique style of the Obrigado panel with extreme shoulder cut back places 70% of the saddle and the rider in front of the 14th rib to limit the pressure on the tendon fascial plate.


Premium European Soft Leather, German, Buffalo


Black, Brown, 2-Toned Black & Brown



5 reviews for Obrigado Dressage Saddle – Traditional Line

  1. Valerie Poulter

    This is the first new saddle I’ve bought for myself and I now wonder why I waited so long! Beginning with the amazing saddle fitting experience, I knew this was a great decision. On my first ride with the Obrigado, I immediately found my leg naturally fell into the correct position, I felt infinitely more balanced and secure in my saddle and my horse moved so much more freely and forward than I’ve ever felt him move. In addition to the function, this is a gorgeous looking saddle- the quality is stunning- starting from the hides used to the craftsmanship of the manufacturing. I’m a very very satisfied customer -as is Gus!

    • Michelle J Powell (store manager)

      Valerie, thank you kindly for your testimonial! We’re delighted with such positive feedback and trust this may help others to take the ‘plunge’ into a Schleese saddle of their own! We wish you and ‘Gus’ much-added comfort to your daily rides and positive changes to your training ritual.

  2. Jennifer Sechrist

    I have had about ten rides with my new Obrigado… I love it!! My mare’s gaits are more forward/swinging and I am sitting much more comfortably/correctly. I also realized that my chronic lower back pain has improved significantly.

  3. Monica

    The word “amazing” is often overused, but this saddle is simply “AMAZING”. I’ve ridden for almost 50 years and have never experienced anything with such freedom for me and more importantly for my horse. She is the typical impossible to fit Arab – short back, big shoulders, forward girth groove. By gosh, this thing FITS!! And even during break-in, she had no soreness or fussiness; just put it on and ride. Highly recommended!!!

  4. Nicole St Hilaire

    I bought a brand new Obrigado saddle this year and I absolutely love it!! It is very comfortable and really helps me with my seat. I would highly recommend this saddle to anyone wanting to get into dressage!!

    • Michelle J Powell (store manager)

      Nicole, we are very happy to hear that you love your new Obrigado saddle. Schleese Saddlery will look forward to keeping you and your horse happy for many years to come.


      The Schleese Team

  5. Jennifer Riggs

    I love my new Obrigado. Purchased new May 2016 for an older, former young rider, Prix St. Georges school master coming back from time off. Great for his short flat back, which is still filling in from time off. With still too much tension in his poll and an overdeveloped underneck, he can be spooky and this saddle is great for maintaining balance without gripping. Makes his work and my work more productive.

    • Michelle J Powell (store manager)

      Jennifer, thank you for your feedback.
      We are always appreciative to hear back from our customers. We are also glad to hear that both you and your horse are enjoying and benefiting from our Schleese Obrigado dressage saddle.
      Keep up the great work with furthering his muscular development with his newly found shoulder and back freedom.


      The Schleese Teeam

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