Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: Acquired on e-bay for under $500. Wanted a saddle similar to Wintec for very young rider that was adjustable but didn't want the CAIR panels. I wanted security for my daughter and a comfortable fit for her aging pony. After riding in it, I liked it for myself as well.
Likes: The material is not slick at all, very similar to Wintec's 'equi-suede'. The interchangeable gullet system is not difficult once you figure it out ( I did not have instructions so called a dealer who walked me through it). The knee blocks are comfortable and supportive- large but not intrusive, soft, don't bang your knee-caps. The seat/pommel area are padded- very comfortable and I am quite picky about this. Leather flaps and panels Love the wool flocked panels!! Much prefer the twist/seat of this saddle to the Wintec Isabelle which I found very uncomfortable and too wide.
Dislikes: Not much, great price, excellent quality. If I had to gripe it would be what all synthetics seem to suffer from which is they attract all debris! However, this one brushes off very easily. There is a plastic piece that covers the edge of the pommel which doesn't bother me at all but some may not like.
Quality: The construction is excellent. THe billets are strong quality leather, it is wool flocked, the seat is softly padded. This saddle seems like it could last for years and years. THe 'equi-suede' is wonderfully grippy and eliminates slipping around on slippery leather. Kieffers have been around for forever and wear like iron. The safety stirrup bars are high quality- not the cheap looking 'hooks' like what the Wintecs have. This model seems to be competing with the Wintec- the quality of it seems a bit better overall.
Summary: For a synthetic saddle, which usually I would avoid, I am quite impressed. The gullet is a hair wider than 3 fingers, the panels broad enough for a wide backed horse. The gullet system, while not something I would want to change daily, will work well as horses change. The current gullet- 35 cm- fits all 3 of my horses which range from 13.2 wide backed pony to 16.2 t/b cross The saddle is quite comfortable with a narrow twist, wider seat area for seat bones and perfectly placed knee blocks. Highly recommend as alternative to Wintec.
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