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Manufacturer: Passier (View all products by Passier)

Model: Antares (View all Antares reviews)

Category: Dressage Saddles

Purchase: Found one used on craigslist and bought it for $625 including shipping. Had just sold my ill-fitting dressage saddle and this Antares looked promising. I had always had good experiences with Passier saddles previously. Don't know why I ever left them.

Likes: Soft, beautiful leather. Nice spacious channel between panels to clear my horse's broad spine (he's a baroque warmblood). All the other saddles I'd tried would shift and sit on his spine (the channels weren't wide enough) and they caused him great pain :( The channel is 4 fingers wide. It looked as though it had not even been broken in, so basically like new. The seat isn't deep, which is good for me, since I like close contact and don't like to be restricted while riding. My horse LOVES this saddle! He will move forward and raise his back in it. He will not fight me or show discomfort on our rides.

Dislikes: There was a little greenish rust on the saddle maker's plate and stirrup bars. Very minor I suppose?

Quality: This saddle was built in 1999. It was superbly maintained (except for the rust on the stirrup bars and plate). Nice, gorgeous calfskin leather. Made in Germany. Spacious, generous channel between panels for the horse's spine comfort. NO deep seat. Wide Tree (a true wide tree that fits my broad baroque warmblood). Small knee rolls. Billets were long (but somehow short compared to other dressage saddle billets I'd seen). From what I understand, the saddle can be adjusted by a saddler to accommodate a horse's shape (panel-wise) because it's wool flocked. Excellent German quality! Leather smells awesome! :) Truly made for the horse! I talked to Passier directly when checking the serial # and they told me the Antares isn't manufactured widely anymore unless by request (custom).

Summary: Great saddle. Fits horse. Fits me. The end.

Rating: 5

Author: PabaLaba

Date: 2011-09-11

Usefulness Rating: 4 out of 5.
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