Manufacturer: Calibre (View all products by Calibre)
Model: Noble (View all Noble reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I was looking for a new saddle, and my trainer already had a calibre, and knew the owners of a tack store that specialized in fitting them. I sat in my saddle and it fit me like a dream! The saddle I bought was actually custom made for someone else, and so had an original price tag of $4500, but because custom saddles are harder to sell secondhand, I got it for $3000. I know used calibres generally go for 3000-3500, and although that is quite I bit, they are definitely a good investment piece!
Likes: I love the attention to detail, and the quality of the stitching and simply how well the saddle is put together. The calfskin leather that covers the entire saddle gives me that added feeling of security without being too sticky, and with regular cleanings and semi regular conditioning, my 2 year old saddle still looks brand new! I don't own my own horse but I've used this saddle on everything from a 13.2hh welsh pony up to an 18hh warmblood, and all it's ever needed was a half pad.
Dislikes: The stirrup bars are really inlaid, which is great to eliminate bulk, but makes it a two person team to get the leathers on the saddle! The leather also started out quite light, which I don't like, but you can order darker leather if you are getting a new saddle, and the leather darkens quickly with oiling.
Quality: Really well constructed! After having mine for 2 years and riding at least 4 times a week in all sorts of conditions, there is only slight wear on the saddle flaps from the stirrup leathers, and there is no sign of wear in the stitching! My trainer has had her's for close to 4 years, and it still looks amazing, and a friend of mine got hers 6 years ago, and would never think of selling it!
Summary: I love this saddle! Although it was hard for me to justify spending so much on a saddle even though I don't have a horse, I know this saddle will last me for a long time, and when I do decide to get a horse, even if this one doesn't fit it, these saddles don't lose their resale value over time.
Usefulness Rating: 2.8 out of 5.
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