Manufacturer: Frank Baines (View all products by Frank Baines)
Model: Elegance (View all Elegance reviews)
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I purchased this saddle used at Barrington Saddlery for $1000. The saddle is an 18" MW-W and is 5+ years old. The leather is buttery soft (careful not to scratch) and cleans up beautifully. I purchased this saddle after sitting in many saddles to help me get my 5'11" 145lb frame in the correct position. Two did the job; Bates Isabell-but the look and leather quality didn't even compare, and a Trilogy-but the price was 3x's this one! Once I sat in this saddle I didn't have to fight the chair position any longer! I was sold as soon as I test road it on my horses and found they were just as comfortable!
Likes: I love that this saddle is great quality, fits both my wide 15.2h Quarter Horse and my 17h Belgian draft-cross. Before I bought the saddle it was custom flocked from a wide to in between a MW and W. It sits perfectly level on both my horses and its me in the correct position without any thought on my part! If you are new to dressage or having trouble with your position I highly recommend trying a Frank Baines!
Dislikes: I love the quality leather, but am not used to having to take such care in not scratching or dinging my saddle (obviously first quality saddle I've owned :) To help me keep my saddle protected I simply purchased a saddle carrier that I keep it in whenever it's not in use.
Quality: The quality is exceptional! The leather is butter soft, the stitches are all in tact, and it looks aesthetically beautiful on my horse!
Summary: I would highly recommend trying a Frank Baines Elegance. The price is comparable to the mid-tier price brands, but the quality is par with the high-end price brands!
Author: JHF, Illinois
Usefulness Rating: 2.88889 out of 5.
18 reader(s) voted.
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