Manufacturer: Kieffer Munchen
Model: Dressage Saddle
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle used from my riding instructor for $950 AUS. From research, it seems to be about 10 to 15 years old. I couldn't afford a new model - the Kieffer Ulla Salzgeber I wanted was $3600 AUS new. Its the best saddle for dressage I've ever ridden in. County saddles come close but this is better.
Likes: Despite its bad condition, its absolutely gorgeous to ride in - large knee blocks with lovely soft padded leather inserts on the outside of the flaps for your knees to snuggle into, and a seat which is not too deep or too shallow. After riding in Bates dressage saddles for 10 years and having endless trouble keeping a good position, riding in this saddle is like being in the Olympic league. Its so easy and graceful.
Dislikes: The quality is shameful, the sadle is coming apart. I'm perplexed about wether all Kieffer saddles age like this or mine just wasn't looked after well from the start.
Quality: The stitching just about everywhere is rotting away. There are also large horizontal cracks in the leather on the inside of the top flaps. The workmanship where the girth straps attach onto the tree is shockingly bad. Lopsided material and ugly uneven stitching. I don't think the saddle has been looked after very well (pretty much abused, I think. I'm NOT impressed at how quickly its deteriorating. I've wanted a Kieffer for a long time, and this isn't the quality I expected. I've seen many older saddles of different brands and they were in much better condition than this. The Bates saddles I've owned (a used Caprilli and a new Wintec Pro) were brilliant quality, they never seemed to age - I'm quite shocked at what this Kieffer is like.
Summary: Because the ride is so comfortable and supportive, I find giving aids for lateral movements very easy. Sitting trot is also less than half the effort the Bates saddles required - I don't get so tired and disgruntled. BUT - I'm wondering just how much longer the saddle will last! Its slowly coming to bits.
Usefulness Rating: 3.07692 out of 5.
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