Manufacturer: Crosby (View all products by Crosby)
Model: Equlibrium (View all Equlibrium reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: My riding instructor owns this saddle and I use it whenever I ride her horses as well as for my bi-weekly lessons. This is the newer model with knee pads. They run about $2500 new, and you can find the newer ones used on ebay for about $800 and up and the older ones without the knee flaps for about $400. I personally prefer the version with the padded knees, as I feel it provides more support.
Likes: Wow. Pretty much everything. It is suitable for both flat work and over fences. It puts you in a slightly forward position, which helps me keep my balance and post better. Although it does tilt you forward just a bit, it is still suitable for training level dressage. The seat, unlike many Crosby's, is really soft and comfortable. The knee pads really help to hold you in place, as well as the deep seat. I have never found a saddle to feel more secure! The knee pads are foam with air holes on the underneath, so they really squish down when you need to use them. What really amazed me is that normally I ride in a 16 inch saddle, but when I tried hers the first time I felt so secure and comfortable, I was shocked to learn that it was a 17.5" saddle, which I normally am falling out of! I think that's great because it means a variety of riders can use the same saddle. The knee rolls make a huge difference, unlike a lot of saddles with knee rolls, as they are well padded and really hold you in. It seems to fit reasonably well on warmbloods.
Dislikes: I really can't find fault with this saddle, apart from the price, which is why I don't own one for my own horses. New, they cost about $2500. I guess if I was going to dig for a complaint, I would say that unlike old saddles or cheaper saddles, you do have a lot of padding between you and the horse, which means you're not as close. I don't find that this hinders my riding, I just find that I feel more comfortable because I feel like I'm pretty well stuck in the saddle and that unlike other people, my ride is comfortable.
Quality: This is an excellent quality saddle. My instructor bought hers used and uses it for her own riding and training and also for lessons. Nothing is coming apart and it seems to hold up well and keep its cushiness. Everyone at the barn is getting these. I prefer the one with knee pads. And the seat is well padded. It keeps me from getting a sore butt. Now if only it could keep me from getting sore legs when I have to ride without stirrups...
Summary: This is THE saddle to buy if you are looking for a mid-range saddle. I have heard that they tend to run a little wider than normal, so make sure to size yours to your horse. Other than that, it's really a great saddle, very comfortable and enjoyable to ride in.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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