Manufacturer: Crosby (View all products by Crosby)
Model: Prix des Nations flat saddle (View all Prix des Nations flat saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I purchased this saddle at State line Tack in Delaware. I paid about $1800 for it new about 10 years ago, if I recall correctly.
Likes: I had previously owned a Crosby flat saddle and and am a huge fan. It's light in terms of weight, so carrying one around, even traveling on planes, is not an issue. I learned to ride as a kid bareback, so riding on a close contact saddle with little-to-no knee rolls offers a keen sense of the horses movement, your leg, ankle, knee and foot position and requires you to depend on your body for balance and not artificial aids. I also love the look of the saddle, it's simple, elegant, the leather grain is super high grade and the contrasting lighter and darker shades give it an overall clean look.
Dislikes: My only problem with my saddle is that Stateline Tack sold me one that is way to big for me. Since I live in Manhattan and work in the financial reporting industry, I have no time to make trips like this. I should've returned it after my first ride. I need a 16-16.5" saddle as I am very small framed, weight 123 lbs. So, there's very obviously plenty of saddle "behind" me. I'd like to sell it and purchase another that fits properly.
Quality: I've had this saddle for more than 10 years and it is still in impeccable condition. It looks brand new. I've taken it with me all over the world. I travel for business and always take the opportunity to find a barn with a well-known instructor and do some training over fences for the joy of it and to stay conditioned.
Summary: I love this saddle. I know there are plenty other "new and improved" ones, but for my taste, I'm completely sold in this saddle. I've also always purchased Crosby products and recommend them to anyone. I sound like a spokesperson for the company, but truth be told, they have years of experience on most manufacturers and I know the integrity of the work they do on their products. So, as the saying goes, "why fix something when it ain't broke."
Author: Rick Appin
Usefulness Rating: 1.81818 out of 5.
11 reader(s) voted.
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