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Manufacturer: Beval (View all products by Beval Saddlery)

Model: Artisan (View all Artisan reviews)

Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: Terribly sad to have to sell my full calf Antares as it did not fit my new horse....saddle shopping is NEVER fun! I unfortunately was not able to get a new Antares, and after searching endlessly online and reading a zillion reviews... Decided to give this new model Beval has recently added to their line a try. I bought from a Beval dealer and paid 2500.00 Is supposed to be similiar to their Butet, for half the money.

Likes: I have had this saddle about a month now... It felt wonderful right from the first ride! Calf seat and knees are comfy and grippy.. not sure what the leather on the flaps are? almost look like buffalo, but I am sure they are not... but they are super grippy also (which is why I loved my Antares!) and very soft...but seems maybe more durable than my Antares was! Integrated flap, so extremely close contact! Would be an excellent equitation saddle! Very pretty dark colors that have oiled up gorgeous! I feel the best part of this saddle is the wide channel it has! It fits my wide warmblood like a no other saddle has! I am very pleased with the Artisan!

Dislikes: So far... I cannot think of anything I do not like about this saddle.. Even at the 2500.00 price tag... it seems to be as nice (or better) than saddles with MUCH higher price tags!

Quality: Nice leather. seat and knees are soft and grippy. Odd leather on flaps? but I am OK with them so far? Only time will tell! Many options and seat size/tree widths available.. WIDE channel. Integrated flap is nice!

Summary: I have had a few different Beval models in the past... Very impressed with the Artisan... And having just come out of my full calf Antares... for me to actually really LIKE this saddle.. is amazing! I definitely recommend!

Rating: 5

Author: Stacey D

Date: 2013-08-22

Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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