Manufacturer: Smith-Worthingon (View all products by Smith Worthington)
Model: Mystic Close Contact (View all Mystic Close Contact reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I was fortunate enough to find this saddle used on eBay for $550. I was looking for a quality saddle but I am on a college student budget and this fit the bill.
Likes: Very comfortable saddle! It is comfortable with knee rolls and a nice seat but I am not locked in with thigh blocks or too much padding. It remains a true close contact saddle, but it isn't simply a leather covered 2x4. I required a wide tree and it fits Quarter Horses and even a donkey I ride. The seat was also very true to size. It is labeled as a 15 1/2 and measures that way!
Dislikes: The leather on the flap has been scuffed by the stirrup leathers, but it is a common problem and hidden by my leg when riding.
Quality: This saddle is very well constructed. The stitching is flush with the leather, the billets and stirrup bars are very sturdy. The general flap position makes it very easy to sit with a longer leg or shorten up and ride over fences. The leather is marked as Argentinian. It may be a bit "tougher" than other models made by Smith-Worthington. But I have not hesitated to show in this saddle and it takes oil well. As a bonus I love the reddish-brown color. It is not a hideous orange and has not become a blackish-brown.
Summary: Smith-Worthington offers reflocking and other repairs so I had no problem ordering this saddle knowing I can have it altered at any time in the future.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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