Manufacturer: Lancers (View all products by Lancers)
Model: Lancers A/P Jumping Saddle (View all Lancers A/P Jumping Saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle from a small tack shop near Florence Kentucky back in 2000. I believe it cost somewhere around $250. It has a plain flap - no knee rolls or thigh blocks. Regular seat and tree.
Likes: It has held up well to hard and consistent use for the past six years. It is in near perfect condition - marks from the stirrup leathers rubbing and a scratch on the pommnel from where my horse threw it on gravel and drug it from a martingale strap that was attached to the girth. The tree is in perfect condition. The saddle is reasonably well balanced. It did not absorb olive oil as well as my other saddles had, but I switched to using Neatsfoot (non-compound) it has really darkened, softened, and suppled. It looks very nice - I have had several people see my saddle and go, "Oh my god! I love your saddle! It's a Crosby, right?" It looks similar to Pytchley & Crosby model from the same time period.
Dislikes: The price reflects the quality - between riding in this or schooling in someone else's Beval Natural or Prestige Nona Garson, I probably would pick the other saddle. :D It does tip forward slightly - fixed by using a half pad or correctional pad. Has a tendency to shift riders, particularly my inexperienced friends. They end up tipping forward with their legs sliding back. Maybe this is just them! I would also never consider getting a saddle sans knee rolls anymore.
Quality: This is a nice saddle - it is as much as you can expect for the price. It has held up well, continues to be usable and it will be used to show in on the rated hunter circuit. I have gone Hunters, Jumpers, and Cross Country/Eventing in this thing. My horse has tossed it off his back when we were tacking him up. So far, it has been virtually indestructible. Also, softened right up with Neatsfoot Oil.
Summary: If you're on a budget, but want a decent saddle - this is a nice one. Like the "Circuit" saddles, it is quality for it's price range.
Author: C. Cengis
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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