Manufacturer: El Dorado Saddle and Tack
Model: El Dorado Lacada
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: Purchased online from the manufacturers, El Dorado Saddle & Tack company, Freeport, Illinois. Saddle bought as a replacement for an Orthoflex Officer's Patriot. I paid $2095.
Likes: This is a beautiful saddle made from excellent quality materials. It is an endurance/trail saddle with all the rings and loops needed to attach water bottles, sponges etc. There is also a crupper dee. The saddle has flexible panels to stop pinching and bridging and they conform to the back of the horse as it moves. The panels are encased and bolted to the underside of the wood and reinforced fibreglass tree. Included in the price of the saddle are removable saddle sleeve pads made of cordura/fleece. No saddle pad is needed although I use a thin blanket under mine to keep the fleece clean. The saddle has a medium narrow twist which is ultra comfortable for long days (and nights too!) in the saddle on Endurance and Competitive Trail rides. The seat is smooth leather, well padded and extremely comfortable. The saddle has knee and thigh rolls for extra security. The Lacada saddle has cross fire English rigging which is adjustable, biothane leathers which are easy to adjust and coverlets to stop the buckles from rubbing your legs. These coverlets are attached with a strap so they won't ride up the leathers. I ordered Chantilly Lace tooling at no extra charge! The saddle came 'ready to ride' for $2095. I bought this saddle to replace an old Orthoflex Officer's Patriot - it feels very similar to the Officer's Patriot as far as seat position and comfort go. On the plus side it has a regular shaped endurance pommel and skirts which I prefer. With a high pommel and cantel this is a very secure saddle - not only is it beautiful, but it is functional too. All the options that came with this saddle are usually considered as 'extras', this makes the El Dorado Lacarda a 'must have' for distance riders.
Dislikes: There is nothing that I don't like about this saddle.
Quality: The saddle is constructed on a wood and reinforced fibreglass tree. The leather is superior quality and the stitching is excellent. All rings and dees etc., are stainless steel, although brass is also an option. It has been very well and carefully made.
Summary: This saddle was purchased for comfort and security. Appearance is also very important. I feel it has fulfilled all requirements. I spend many hours in the saddle and have completed close to 10,000 miles in Competitive Trail and Endurance rides. Both my horse and myself need to be comfortable and happy during these long hours on the trail.
Author: Prue Critchley
Usefulness Rating: 3.125 out of 5.
8 reader(s) voted.
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