Manufacturer: Paris Tack (View all products by Paris Tack)
Model: Close Contact Saddle (View all Close Contact Saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I was not in the position right away to purchase the saddles of my choice and of my coaches choice (Tolga jumping saddle - we also have many riders using and loving the Antares deep seat CC saddle). I came across this saddle on E Bay and liked the fact that they stressed Deep seat. I paid around $375 and said to my coach either we have found a steal or you are going to laugh!
Likes: Nothing, my coach could be heard laughing at the other end of the barn!
Dislikes: It does not have anything close to French leather on it. If you have tried top of the line deep seat saddles (It is not just price, but fit, Antares close contact without deep seat is very uncomfortable and is a $3500 saddle)with the true french leather that is soft and keeps you close in the seat, there is no comparison.
Quality: Cheap leather for a cheap saddle. Do not get one of these. They will not let you try it on your horse and also will charge you a 20% stocking fee for returns - that is if they let you return it. I am returning and take the deduction because I couldn't get my money back trying to sell it myself. It is that bad!
Summary: If you don't have the money for the great saddles (Tolga or Antares)try going on line and looking at the Richvales. They are from Canada and our younger rides are all riding in them. They are very well constructed, and have great leather for the price. My coach who is very picky about her saddle (which is the Antares deep seat) because of a back problem that comes and goes tried these saddles out and thought them to be the best reasonable priced saddle she has ever tried. I will be purchasing on of these which are about $1700 Canadian. They are much better than any stubben or Pessoa that I have tried out in the last few months. Again for a deep seat you pay at least $2500 or more and the seat leather is poor in most saddles except for Tolga and Antares.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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