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Manufacturer: Trilogy (View all products by Trilogy)

Model: Talisman (View all Talisman reviews)

Category: Jumping Saddles

Purchase: Acquired from private seller priced at $2,500. Saddle was lightly used. Had seen Trilogy's dressage saddles which are awesome and thought I'd give the jumping one a shot after trialing at least 50 saddles over a few years- my needs were seemingly simple (you'd think)- just wanted quality and comfort for horse and rider, as well as a secure ride.

Likes: The saddle is solid in every way- from tree (researched) to leather (Elite leather) to stitching. The quality is the best I'd seen to date- oozes it. Love the styling, the adjustable blocks, the grippiness of the leather, the fact that it is flocked and very adjustable with front and rear gussets. For the rider the saddle is incredibly balanced- you sit down and you are immediately 'at home' with legs around your horse- saddle is extremely easy to ride in- can get in two point, use lower leg easily, move around in it for flat work and jumping. The saddle is comfortable for the rider- no pinching, chafing etc..- seat is wide enough for seat bones and pommel does not interfere in any way while working- you forget about the saddle and just ride- don't fight anything. You are with your horse in comfort.

Dislikes: Ha! I'd say the price but really, even at retail of $2,995, compared to other brands- Albion, County, Pessoa, Antares, is definitely NOT overpriced. In fact- tried a few of the very pricey french brands and this one was just as nice if not nicer as it can be flocked to fit your horse! May be a newer addition to Trilogy- not sure but after riding in it didn't care as it was so much nicer than so many others I'd tried in the same or higher price range.

Quality: See above- bar none the tightest and most well constructed saddle I've tried (and I've tried ALOT). The leather is scrumptious yet not wimpy and does not scratch easily- nice and thick and pliable. Calfskin seat/knee pads are durable yet soft. The color is darker so no unsightly discoloration after just a few rides- stitching is tight- even under stirrup flap where so many are 'loose' from day one.

Summary: If within your budget and you are struggling to find a jumping saddle that is secure, comfortable, and easy to ride in- try one of these. This saddle has a slightly deeper seat so combined with the blocks- feels very secure- perfectly suitable for cross country, eventing, foxhunting. No fighting for position, no sliding around or avoiding ouchy areas, the blocks allow a custom fit for your leg. The flocking allows a comfortable saddle for your horse. Truly a first class saddle that is built like a tank.

Rating: 5

Author: At Last!

Date: 2011-02-18

Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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