Manufacturer: Theo Sommer (View all products by Theo Sommer)
Model: Spirit Endurance (View all Spirit Endurance reviews)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: After months of saddle research for something light weight, flexi & cool, I bought a demo Spirit from Performance Tack in Virginia for $2000. I was really concerned about how it would fit my horse, or should I say which horse it would fit best, I have 4 rescues in need of comfortable saddles. Amy at Performance Tack is awesome! She had me send her wither tracings & pictures. Lucky for me, they all share about the same size! She adjusted the saddle just right and sent it over to Hawaii. It arrived on Halloween-I got the treat, and was assured if it didn't work for us I could get a refund.
Likes: There will be no need for refunding here. Love the way it has a tree, but somehow just flexes & contours. I've been riding bareback most my life, never cared for the disconnection I always feel with a saddle. Not this one, I can feel my horses movement & they don't seem to have a problem feeling leg commands. Excellent spinal clearance, easy on the shoulders & leaves even sweat marks after a ride. Did I mention lightweight? I think it weighs 14 lbs. This has a very secure deep seat. Oh Yeah, this is a cool saddle!
Dislikes: The pommel is triangular, I like to be able to lean forward all the way if I have to, this is uncomfortable. Good news, I can send it back & change the shape.
Quality: The leather is dyed through, my saddle is black with a blue seat-this will never change. The construction is solid, really good even stitching. Y-girthing, safety stirrup mountings, more D-rings than I can think to tie to, lightweight, deep seat, thigh blocks. Very unique design. Soft leather, EZ-Boy/Sofa seat comfort.
Summary: If you like to ride over the hills and far away, pack in the kitchen sink (just in case) & know that your horse is really comfortable too - try one. They're a bit pricey and hard to find used, but well worth it. The staff at Performance Tack are really easy to work with.
Usefulness Rating: 2.88889 out of 5.
9 reader(s) voted.
J Stead Saddle trail saddle Trail Saddles
Specialized saddles Trail Lite Trail Saddles
J Stead Lady Wade Trail Saddles
Nash Cherokee Cordura Trail Saddles
Crestridge Saddlery Crusade Elite Trail Saddles
Pam's Place Tack Genado Gaited Trail Saddles
Circle y Alpine Trail Saddles
JC Martin Saddles Trail saddle Trail Saddles
Steele Saddle Mountaineer saddle Trail Saddles
TN Saddlery Sharptail Gaited Wsetern Saddle Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles Western Trail saddle, gaited tree Trail Saddles
Steve Edwards The Cowboy Trail Saddles
Dixieland Saddle Co. Tree style D +3/4 butterfly skirt light rider Trail Saddles
Bob Marshall Endurance Treeless Trail Saddles
Crestridge Wade Extra Wide Trail Saddles
Kimberley Kimberley Outback Australian Saddle Trail Saddles
Black Forest Saddles Rosewood treeless Trail Saddles
Crates #238-4 Trail Trail Saddles
Meleta Brown Freedom Saddle by Crates Crates Trail Meleta Brown Trail Saddles
Circle Y Kentucky Trail Gaiter Trail Saddles