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Heather Moffatt Enlightened Equitation Saddle
Vogue soft tree dressage saddle
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Manufacturer: Heather Moffatt Enlightened Equitation Saddle (View all products by Heather Moffett)

Model: Vogue soft tree dressage saddle (View all Vogue Dressage Saddle reviews)

Category: Dressage Saddles

Purchase: I was looking for a good treeless saddle for my horse who was producing all sorts of riding problems. I had already tried the Barefoot London, and that was like a big cusion and took up most of the horse. The small Barefoot was too small and the large Barefoot was too large. I was not happy with having a saddle that took up a large amount of room on the horse so decided to purchase the Vogue. I had read excellent reviews on the Vogue and in particular being placed into the perfect Classical position by a saddle surely must be a great aid to one's riding. I bit the bullet and ordered a Vogue costing me $2400.00 AUD.

Likes: The Vogue duly arrived after a long wait because the factory was only operating three days per week due to the downturn in economy in the UK. The saddle was really nice to look at and I must say it was very pleasing to the eye and of course there were no problems with the fit.

Dislikes: Now it was time to actually ride in my new Vogue Dressage saddle and it looked very smart on my horse. I mounted up and sat in it taking in everything I could feel about the saddle. The deepness of the seat felt good and secure so I moved on. Around the riding arena I went, but my hips felt pinned back and hurt me. When it came time to trot I was not able to rise properly as my legs felt far too straight and I felt jammed into an inflexible and forced position. When I dismounted I had problems with the quite high cantle - although EE do offer a lower version, how does one know this before purchasing, especially without a trial. The problem with the trial for me was distance - a distance of around 4000 miles. The Agent was that far away it would have been posted to me, but unfortunately I didn't like the idea at the time. The trial would have cost around $70.00 which I believe is refundable on purchase of a new saddle. I decided to keep the $70.00 in my pocket as money to me, is so hard to come by.

Quality: I had my Vogue made in Soft Italian Leather with no fancy stitching on the flaps and a suede seat which I believed would add more 'stickability'to my seat. I also purchased the saddle with the large size blocks - and they are larger than any I have previously seen. The appearance and quality of this product was indeed excellent with good old-fashioned English workmanship with pride of work. The unit really does look like a top price range saddle, no problems there.

Summary: After my ride I was really deflated because of the personal pain in the hips I went through riding in this saddle, and not being able to achieve a proper rising trot. I was also very upset because of the money I had spent on it (not because the saddle wasn't worth the price) but rather because I had saved up for a couple of years to get this saddle, then had the disappointments. Now after this one ride my saddle is in the tack room not being used - brand new - cost me two years money of which I have very little. Most likely this all comes back to my not having a trial with this saddle, and in which case I certainly would not have purchased because of the pain it gave me in the hips. Strangely enough, it had been the saddle of my dreams for years previous to purchase. Caveat Emptor.

Rating: 2

Author: Ambermare

Date: 2013-02-05

Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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