Manufacturer: Sheryl D. Lemke (SDL)
Model: Elk Buffalo Delux
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle new on Ebay and paid 1050$ for it which was a steal, these saddles sell new for about 3500$ and more. I bought it because the deep seat appealed to me, I had never heard of SDL or sat in one before - I had no idea what a treasure I'm getting.
Likes: The SDL is a one of kind saddle. I have never had a saddle that was more comfortable and better made. The leather (elk and buffalo) is to die for soft and even though my saddle was new, it needed no breaking in at all. It is as soft as calfskin but way more durable. It shows no wear at all and fits my horse and me like a glove. It has a narrow twist which I love and the deep seat lets you feel your horse's movements. The leg position on this saddle is like none other. It is super easy to keep a straight, quiet leg.
Dislikes: Nothing! Although it is expensive when purchased new, the workmanship and quality makes it well worth it.
Quality: Overall the saddle is extremely well made. The flaps have no keepers for the stirrup leather end, instead the straps are kept under the flap, which makes for a super clean look. The leather is thick, but like butter, it is so soft that some of my friends said it feels like fabric, but it is sooo durable. I have had it now for almost a month and ride in it regularly and it shows absolutely no wear yet.
Summary: This is one of the best kept secrets in saddles out there. I'm surprised these saddles are not better known. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a dressage saddle, if you can get it used - go for it - Sheryl will customize the flocking to help with the fit. The customer service for SDL is personal and the best I have found in high end saddles. You will love this saddle!
Usefulness Rating: 4.84783 out of 5.
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