Specialized Saddle
Trailmaster
Trail Saddles



Manufacturer: Specialized Saddle
Model: Trailmaster
Category: Trail Saddles

Purchase: I purchased this saddle for $1,585.00 from a local Dallas distributor. I first saw him demonstrate the saddle at a local Competitive Trail ride.

Likes: I was in love with the idea that it would adjust to fit any horse. I have a flat backed gaited horse that every saddle that I bought for her even though it seemed to fit ok sored her back. One saddle pinched her withers another that I bought rocked and sored the front and the back, and the next just laid on her back and sored everywhere it touched. I thought finally a saddle that will fit my poor horse and not hurt her. In the beginning when I finally got the saddle it seemed my prayers were answered. It seemed to fit my horse beautifully. In fact this was the first saddle I ever had on her that didn't roll when I went to get on.

Dislikes: Well the first thing I noticed that I did not like was the saddle kept me off balance and seemed to throw me forward when riding. I thought no problem the saddle has three fitting adjustments for the stirrups and if I adjust it to the forward spot it should put me in the correct position. I called the distributor I purchased the saddle from and we got together and he changed the position for me, and viola, it worked I was sitting in the perfect position. Unfortunately that seemed to change the whole adjustment of the saddle the way it fit my horse and suddenly the perfect saddle went to the worst saddle I have ever had on her. In less than a two hour ride she developed a hematoma on her back right by her spine and the whole pad made such a deep impression on her back that it left white hair imprints in less than a couple of weeks. I called the distributor back and he brought out thicker fitting pads for underneath and when she was completely healed I tried again, with the exact same result. His next suggestion to me was to buy a Corrector Pad from Len Brown that would supposedly make any saddle fit any horse. Another $370 later and it still makes her uncomfortable but not soring her. I came to the conclusion that I am not going to continue putting either one of us through anymore pain and am selling this saddle, pronto.

Quality: I thought for the money their should be a lot more to the saddle. It seems very cheaply made and looks like a cheap saddle.

Summary: The distributor even had the audacity to say that it was because I was a heavyweight rider and I was sitting too far back and it was not the fault of the saddle. I have been riding all my life and have had over 10 years of riding lessons. I even went so far as to go to a trainer and ask if this could be the problem I was having she told me absolutely not. I would never recommend this saddle to anyone, ever.

Rating: 1

Author: txwolff29

Date: 0000-00-00

Usefulness Rating: 3.125 out of 5.
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