Model: Endurance Saddle
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: This saddle caught my eye a few years ago. Because I had a perfectly good saddle (an Abetta western), I couldn't see spending money on another one. I kept looking at this saddle whenever I went on the internet. I guess I didn't stop talking about it either. A friend of mine suggested I ask for it as a Christmas present. I'm so glad I did because I love this saddle! Although I didn't pay for it myself, I did the research to find the lowest cost which was the low $300's for a 16" (two years ago).
Likes: This saddle is so comfortable! Sometimes I ride for 4 or 5 hours with no complaints while my trail buddies cry out in pain. I love not having to worry about the horn from a western saddle jabbing me when I bend to duck under low branches or when my horse decides to unexpectedly buck and I fall forward. Getting hung up when dismounting was also a problem with the western saddle.... The cushioned stirrups are extremely comfortable, too. In the winter my feet don't freeze as quickly either. The cushion makes the stirrup just the right length for me when it's adjusted to the shortest length. Because my legs are short, I've had to bring my western Abetta somewhere to get the fenders adjusted ...There's no need to worry about getting this saddle wet. I ride in all kinds of weather and in the water....There are plenty of rings on the saddle to make your horse a "pack" horse like mine.... I'm very spoiled by the weight of this saddle. It's so light! I could never go back to lifting heavy ones.
Dislikes: The stirrups have given me a fat lip, bruised cheek, and a black eye. When lifting the saddle over my head to store it, the heavy stirrups fell off the seat of the saddle and hit me in the face! Ouch!...For some reason the color (black) faded. Perhaps because I had used a (harsh?) soap on it.... The rings need to be tied down because they make a racket!
Quality: This saddle weighs about 16 pounds. It's durable, weather resistant,and washable.... The outer part of the saddle is Codura Nylon while the under side is fleece.
Summary: I highly recommend this well-made, reasonably priced saddle for trail riders who are looking for a comfortable, safe, and inexpensive saddle.
Author: Trail Rider
Usefulness Rating: 3.75 out of 5.
4 reader(s) voted.
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