Manufacturer: Thorowgood (View all products by Thorowgood)
Model: L4 Leather Saddle (View all L4 Leather Saddle reviews)
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: Because i have a young horse which will grow, i wanted an adjustable saddle. This model has a changeable gullet and fish system. I bought this saddle from a saddle maker and paid 1000 dollar for it.
Likes: The quality is very, very good. The saddle is well made and the leather is supple but strong. Also the adjustable system works very well. You can attach the girth on multiple positions and wear the stirrups up or under the flaps. The model is an all purpose, but also good for jumping because of the short flaps. The seat is not deep, you are not being pushed in a position.
Dislikes: The seat is shallow. This can be a disadvantage when riding a young and spontaneous horse.
Quality: The construction is very good. Everything is stitched very neatly with no loose ends. The seat is comfortable, not hard. High quality leather. Thorowgood is known for its synthetic saddles, but the leather models are even better.
Summary: You can adjust the saddle wide at the front, but when the horse's back changed at the back, the saddle began to rock after a few months. This because his back muscles became bigger. I could call the saddle fitter to adjust the pillows, but i don't want to call him every 3 months. So now I'm looking for another saddle. Not an english saddle, but an western or treeless type. The problem which occurred had nothing to do with the Thorowgood L4, but its the problem of all english saddles. I would recommend this saddle to anyone who has a horse which changes shape at the front, or someone who want to use the same saddle for more horses and wants to change the wide quickly with the fish.
Usefulness Rating: 2.75 out of 5.
16 reader(s) voted.
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