Manufacturer: Abetta (View all products by Abetta)
Model: Synthetic Western Trail Saddle (View all Synthetic Western Trail Saddle reviews)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: I was not able to find an Abetta saddle in any of our local tack shops so I took a chance and ordered this saddle on-line. I paid $375 (including shipping) through an on-line tack shop.
Likes: The saddle is only 19 pounds and very easy to lift (I'm sure my mare appreciates that, too). The cordura also makes the saddle very easy to clean and care for. I feel like I can take a ride in the rain without worrying about ruining it. I liked that the saddle came with stainless steel D's and the endurance stirrups. The seat is fairly comfortable and I like the rounded skirt.
Dislikes: With the initial fitting, it appeared that the saddle would work, however, after the 4th and longer ride (10 miles), it was apparent when the saddle came off and left 4 large dry spots on either side of the withers and near the flanks that this saddle was bridging badly. My horse really isn't swaybacked, but does have a little dip in her back (croup high). I have ridden in several different saddles with her (including treeless saddles) and done endurance in these saddles riding 25-30 miles, but have never had a saddle that sored her as badly as this one did. Abetta charges a $85 restocking fee to take back a saddle that no longer has the tags on it even though it has only been ridden 4 times in about a month. I may be better off trying to sell it myself instead of returning it and am disappointed that Abetta didn't stand by their product better.
Quality: I was a little disappointed in the quality of construction. The cinch straps were loose and could easily pull out of the D-rings. The strap at the base of the fenders and near the stirrups to snug up the stirrup adjustments was two pieces of velcro stuck together and wrapped around the fender. The stirrup adjustments utilize a two pronged buckle and are not easy to adjust.
Summary: If you have a horse with a flat top-line and are looking for an inexpensive saddle that you can get wet and not worry about, this saddle might work for you. If your horse is croup high or has anything less than a flat top-line, this saddle won't work.
Usefulness Rating: 4.2 out of 5.
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