Model: Dressage Pro
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle from a private buyer I found on DreamHorse.com I paid $500 which included the saddle, leathers and irons and one extra wide gullet plate. The saddle was in like new condition. I wanted a wintec as my instructor already had the Issabell and all purpose and they were very comfy and seemed to fit almost any horse. I chose the pro because the Issabell seemed too deep of a seat for me and I found it caused my leg to shoot back, and for me to lean forward when I tried to post the trot.
Likes: I love the super grippy equisuade of these saddles. They make you feel very secure. If you get the right kind of padding and have a horse who does not get a sore back easily, you could even use on shorter trail rides. The saddle was more comfy then most older hard leather saddles and I love that you can add a different gullet to fit different horses, which I did when I got an Arab. It was quite easy to do, only took 5 min and we were off.
Dislikes: After riding bareback for a couple of weeks and subsequently deepening my seat I found the saddle quite uncomfortable. I am not sure if it will work for my Arab. Very sore back and bucked repeatedly. Will need to try adding more padding wich unfortunately will decrease close contact feel.
Quality: The equisuade seems to hold up fine, no scratches, somewhere where the stirrup leathers rub, wander how it would ware if you had to change the gullet daily to ride multiple horses. Extra gullets expensive, buy the set and save time from ordering the wrong size.
Summary: I would do your research and try one before you buy as I would recommend for any saddle. Its a good saddle if you can get one used, very secure for beginners, I would probably not pay full price for a new one. Great for training outdoors as the saddle will not get ruined when wet, an essential aspect for Oregon's rainy weather
Usefulness Rating: 2.375 out of 5.
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