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Manufacturer: Collegiate (View all products by Collegiate)

Model: Graduate (View all Graduate reviews)

Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: My old ashland didn't fit my new horse, so I had to get another saddle. One day, my trainer just threw an used saddle at me, and said, try it on. Ended up loving it so much that I bought it for $500.

Likes: This has got to be THE MOST comfortable saddle I've ever ridden in. When I first sat on it, my mind totally forgot about the ashland saddle that I wanted. The designs are really gorgeous, and it fit most of the horses I ride. The grippy knee rolls helps with large jumps, and pencil rolls help with added security. Believe it or not, when I bought it, it was in a barely used condition (though apparently, the owner said it was 2 yrs old). However, I have had this saddle for the last 10 years, and it is in the EXACT same condition as I bought it 10 years ago. It's amazing. Of course, it may just be my extreme talent at keeping things in an excellent condition...but somehow, even I fail at understanding how I could keep a 12 yr old saddle that great...

Dislikes: The dryness of the leather. Every time I come back from riding in the rain (and which is pretty often where I live - it literally NEVER stops raining), it would look really dry even after I conditioned it. I end up having to oil it more than once a month sometimes. But truth behold, it's still a great quality leather - there's not a speck of discoloration.

Quality: Great leather quality, great sofa-ish seat, great strong billets, great light-colored panels, great saddle. Need I say more?

Summary: Okay, people, I hope you read all of the above. If you have, great. If you don't, I'll just tell you: BUY it. It's worth every, single dinky penny that you have on your body right now. And the great thing is, it's NOT even expensive. Throw your stubbens, pessoas and courbettes (those saddles are sooo damn uncomfortable) out the window, people! The new age of saddles is coming!

Rating: 5

Author: Jennai

Date: 2007-05-29

Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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