Model: GG (Grand Gilbert) Extra
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: Purchased on eBay in mint condition for $1500, retails for over $3700 new. I cannot believe the seller parted with it, but I'm sure glad she did! It is the most I have ever paid for a saddle and worth every single penny.
Likes: I love everything about it, this is the Holy Grail of dressage saddles for me. The quality of the leather, tree and workmanship are stellar. I purchased a 19" wide tree. Passier saddles are the best overall fitting brand I have found, I have an All-Purpose and previously owned a 1968 All-Purpose, the way they are cut on the PSL tree is so adaptable and forgiving to the myriad shapes of horses out there. The seat is unbelievably comfortable, my first ride was a grinning from ear to ear trip round the ring. I think it would be heaven on trail rides! The deep gussets sit beautifully on the horse. It fit the first four horses I tried it one. Provided me with a superb position, and for long legs the flaps are wonderful.
Dislikes: It's very expensive if you can't get a deal on a used one. It's a very large saddle that makes my horses look smaller, but that's in a 19" size, and they're too big anyway!
Quality: The best of everything, made to last forever. I can attest to this as someone is still riding around in my 1968 Passier since I foolishly parted with it after buying a newer one in 2004. The GG has long billets in a V-girthing layout. It seems to nestle right into the sweet spot when I girth the horses and stays put.
Summary: For serious dressage riders, perhaps the best possible saddle available today. While it is simple in appearance, once you ride one and see how well your horses respond, there is no mystery why Passier can maintain their reputation decade after decade. I love my GG Extra!
Author: Flagstaff Foxhunter
Usefulness Rating: 2 out of 5.
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