Manufacturer: Prestige (View all products by Prestige Saddle)
Model: Andrea Palladio Monoflap Jumping Saddle (View all Andrea Palladio reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I bought this used on e-bay for $1,700.
Likes: I was taking a gamble buying this saddle without trying it out first on e-bay, but because I have heard great things about Prestige saddles, I took the chance and I'm glad I did. It's a beautiful saddle, very well made and it puts me in a good position. I feel like it helps me stay with my horse and I'm not as prone to jump ahead of him. I've always really liked the monoflap saddle design, but haven't been able to afford the devoucoux chiberta or any of the other really expensive custom saddles. New the cost is comparable to these saddles, but I was lucky enough to get a good deal on this buying it used.
Dislikes: Well, they're expensive, but most of the better saddles are. I did have a bit of a difficult time getting it to fit my horse. The tree of the saddle was a 32 when I bought it. My horse fits well into the Stubben 32, but Prestige sizing is different. They tend to run a little narrower. I had to send this back to La Sellier in New Jersey, where they adjusted the tree to a 33 for me. This is $300 which is kind of expensive, but it's great that the saddles are adjustable, and you do have this option.
Quality: This seems to be a beautifully made saddle the calfskin leather is very nice and grippy. It's a very light weight saddle and so far not problems with the construction or quality, but I've only had this a few weeks.
Summary: This is a very high quality saddle, great to ride in and very pretty. It puts you where you need to be over the jumps and gives you a really great close contact feel with the monoflap design. I use it for eventing, and I feel very secure in it. The people at Prestige who helped me with the tree adjustment were great to work with and very helpful. I would highly recommend this saddle to anyone who is looking for this type of a monoflap design.
Usefulness Rating: 3.4 out of 5.
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