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Santa Cruz
Close Contact Saddles

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Manufacturer: Santa Cruz (View all products by Santa Cruz)

Model: Justin (View all Justin reviews)

Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: Purchased new in Edmonton Alberta for $1600 (Canadian). Needed a saddle for my young horse.

Likes: Nice stitching details but still classic looking. Wonderfully comfortable to ride in right from the start. Even though it has only regular flaps, it's great for a long-legged rider and has a nice, narrow twist. I like the moderate seat: Not too flat and not too deep and I also like the smaller knee blocks. Mine has a wide tree and it's generously made for big shouldered and/or high whithered horses. Nicely balanced for both horse and rider. I've used mine for schooling but also outside on some pretty tough trails, and my horses are always happy to go on it.

Dislikes: The billets could be just a bit longer.

Quality: Excellent quality overall. I ride in a northern climate and the leather stays supple in the cold. The dark leather has kept its finish and still looks good after three years of regular use. A bit of wear on the flaps where the stirrup leathers sit, but nothing excessive given the hours of use it's had.

Summary: Just an all-around great saddle. Amazing value for the price. Other riders must think so too because these saddles are almost impossible to find used. No way I'd ever sell mine.

Rating: 5

Author: Northern Canadian Rider

Date: 2012-09-01

Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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